After a couple of poor decisions in the past on buying bundled store-bought PCs (e.g. my current ~2002 computer has a ZIP drive... yeah), I have decided to build my own this time around. I've been reading up on everything for the past couple of months, and I think I'm finally sick enough of looking at stuff that I'll go ahead and throw down my proposed build to get some feedback from people who actually know what they are doing.
I'm planning on buying everything this week, assuming that everything looks good. I'll buy primarily from newegg, unless I can save a few bucks at Amazon with free shipping or something. I plan on doing a bit of everything with this computer. Primarily, it will probably be used for applications, and I typically have a few things all running up at once. I also watch movies on it, surf the internet, and I plan to get back into some gaming.
Since my current setup is pretty old, I'm updating just about everything. I already have a new keyboard and mouse. I plan on buying a printer and maybe some new speakers, but these can wait. I'm hoping that, including the keyboard/mouse I already bought (for $85 total) and any potential printer and/or speakers I end up getting, to spend no more than $2000. I tend not to upgrade bits at a time or tinker much with any hardware once I have it going. That may change from now on, but I'm not sure. So, I tend to want to get stuff that lasts, and I lean towards trying to get the best performance for my money. Also, I figure that I might as well try my hand at some modest overclocking while I'm at it.
Ok, here's what I was thinking of getting this week (and how much it currently costs):
Yeah...get the 216...or the 4890. Noctua has a better CPU cooler for a couple bucks more, but that's deceptive, since it accepts two fans, but only comes with the one. NHu12P SE 1366, if you're interested.
Thanks, everybody. I went with most of the suggestions. I got the 216 core GTX 260 (thanks for catching that), the 750w, and the P6T instead of the Deluxe. I stuck with the Zalman cooler over the Noctua, though, since in the Newegg reviews, people said they had a hard time fitting the Noctua in the Antec 900, whereas the Zalman fit well.
I think thats wayyy too much to pay for your monitor. You should be able to pick up a 22" for 200$ no problem, probably less.
Unless you are really in love with the case you really don't have to spend that much money either. You can get a nice simple coolmaster for like 50$
I have a really similar building going on, I don't have specifics on me, but mine came out to just under 1000$ w/o a monitor. That included the same Ram, cpu, ect.. but I'm going with the Radeon HD 4890. If you want to see it let me know, I think I can e-mail you my newegg shopping cart.