SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Editing, 3d & 2d Graphics, Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: new egg (cheapest?)
PARTS PREFERENCES: Not familiar with anything, first time builder
OVERCLOCKING: No (don't know anything about it)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (don't know anything about it)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was going to buy another Dell however I noticed the drastic difference in price for parts. I'm looking to keep it as cheap as possible, will probably buy another computer in 2 years when finances aren't so tight.
If you're doing serious 3d, get an nvidia card instead of the ATI. Believe me you'll be thankful for it later. And. lower the primary hard drive to a 320 or so, and put an additional two-drive RAID in the system. *always* keep your video on the RAID when editing, including the cache files. Don't worry about crossfire or SLI compatability, you'll not be using it becaus the software doesn't support it.