This is the second time I've built whole new PC, but the first time round i didn't choose the parts and that was 4 years ago, I'm planning to build a new gaming PC that can play games maxed out (ie crysis, cod, gta4). I've been scavenging around for the past month looking for the lowest prices for the internal components I want, but I'm missing a monitor and a case. I haven't had much experience with moniters so i don't know how to choose one and same goes for the case.
There are a lot of monitors to choose from on Newegg. But as a minimum, given your video card setup and budget, make sure you get a 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 at least, so you could start by narrowing down your options to those.
My preference is acer monitors, they usually have great value. I'm not going to recommend any specific ones, since so many of them are alike.
Something like $350 tops for a monitor plus $150 for a case seems like a reasonable split, but you could get both for much less if you're willing to save.
You could post a couple of your choices and get some opinions.
Edit: You should definitely get a full tower case. This one seems to have great value:
Thanks for the suggestions, for the case I think I'm going for the Cooler Master HAF 932, it seems to have good cooling features and most reviews are quite positive.
I'm still looking for a monitor, the ones you given me are quite nice, I looked at a guide to buying LCDs last night and there was something about panels like TN, S-PVA and IPS do you know what the differences are and what's best for gaming? If not I'm probably going for the Asus not since it's a big brand.
Also do you think there will be any compatibility issues with the parts I've chosen?
If you want to make the most of those cards then you'll want a 1920x1200 resolution at least, Try and get the smallest monitor for that resolution so for 2.3mp it's a 22" and for 2.55mp (2048x1152) it's 23".
Before I put my money on to either the Acer or the Asus from previous suggestions I'd like to ask whether the aspect radio affects the quality of the screen during gaming, like 16:9 and 16:10 which would be better? Also is input lag a major problem? I heard it effects online FPS like COD4 with issues like ghosting although I've never had those problems before on the monitor I'm using now (viewsonic VA1912w). I play COD a lot so i was just wondering.
I highly recommend the Antec 1200 I have the 900 (the 1200's little brother) and it is a beast of a case. For the monitor just get any good 1920 x 1200 res with 5ms or less latency that is at least 23" wide.
1) 16:10 is good and the resolution for it is 1920 x 1200
2) a good monitor should have or less input lag/latency
3) something above 23" would fulfill those requirements
Also i think i'm gonna stick thing the CM HAF 932, reviews have said that the Antec is quite noisy when it's on full load (ie fans at max and so on) plus the HAF looks like it can handle more upgrades.