Hi, this is the first time I will be buying components for a computer and building it on my own.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by end of june?don't really have a deadline. BUDGET RANGE: (I wanted it to be less than $1000 USD, but am willing to go to a max of $1300
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, internet use, watching movies)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (OS and mouse)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ( newegg.com, but I'm not set on just them. Just haven't found anyone cheaper)
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (have no preferences other than for the system to be based on the CPU Intel i7 920-that's what I have
OVERCLOCKING: No (don't think so at least..) SLI yes CROSSFIRE: Maybe (probably not..)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (don't know enough to make an informed decision)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I am pretty much an RPG fan. I am currently playing Icewind Dale II which plays on the simplest systems, but after this I plan on moving to more advanced games like Neverwinter Nights II, etc. My wife plays primarily RTS games.
I knew almost knew nothing about computers and spent the last month researching the following list. I still feel like I don't know much. I'm mostly worried about compatibility issues among the components, but am certainly willing to listen to other who have advice i.e "you can save $40 if you buy motherboard Y instead of X and they pretty much do the same thing".
I would just copy the tomshardware system builder marathon $1300 PC (maybe swap the tiny case they used with the antec 900 you listed above)
The GTX 260 will fit perfectly in the 900 case I have the same thing. Running instead a GTX 275 which is the same size as the 260. I even have a 120mm side fan blowing air onto the graphics card with about an inch and a half to spare.
Get the 22" 1680 x 1050 acer monitor instead of the 20" for like $30 more. You won't regret it.