BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1350 including tax/shipping, shipping address is in California
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, multitasking, web, document editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS (would be fine buying a headset instead of speakers)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, ATI GPU unless intel/nvidia is competitive in the price range
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23" 1920x1080 is what I have selected now
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This pc will be using a wireless internet connection due to location issues in my house, it will be on the same floor approximately 30 feet from the router (D-link 'g'), with 3 or 4 walls in between. I will also be using an old PS/2 keyboard at least until Christmas, and a Logitech MX500 USB mouse.
I played around on newegg.com and came up with this list:
Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built in Speakers - $189.99
Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $58.95
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 - $94.99
I'd change your PSU to a Corsair 650/750 TX or a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750. Also, I'd go for a cheaper 4870, and change the memory to G. Skill (a bit cheaper for equivalent/better quality).
If you've got a G router, do you need an N wireless card?
May 31, 2009 2:19:22 AM
OK, I actually ended up changing the monitor after I made the PSU and RAM changes you suggested, so I now have a Corsair 650TX, G.Skill 4GB DDR2, and I hung on to the Toxic 4870 because of its ease of overclocking, which is important to my build. These changes allowed me to change my monitor to a 23" ASUS (1920x1080). For the wireless card, it was the best I could find on Newegg and I do intend to upgrade to an N router later this year. I was also able to up my budget a bit to accommodate these changes, but this is the absolute unchangeable maximum. So, those are the changes I've made, and thanks so much for your help!
Both options listed above are good ones - but it's up to you. If you want to expand later on, a 4870 is a better option than 2 4770's (you can add another 4870 for XFire later). I understand that overclocking is important to your build - but it's likely that a 4890 will still perform just as well as/better than a heavily overclocked 4870.