I'm looking to build my first pc, and looking for some tips/advice on what folks here would recommend. My intentions are to have a setup that can be easily expanded/improved in the future, and am considering installing Windows 7 when it's released.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: US$800-1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming is the primary use, although I do intend on using it for Office type stuff (Powerpoint)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: everything outside the case (keyboard, mouse, monitor)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: size is not an issue- a full size tower is fine.
OVERCLOCKING: No; I'm a newbie at this, and would rather not push things.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dell 24" 1920 x 1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Most important characteristic is stability (I will sacrifice performance if it'll give me stability)
I like Why_Me's build all around. I might initially forgo Crossfire though, at least until or unless I knew I needed it.
Otherwise, there's nothing an i7 build would do for you that's worth the price premium.
Since you won't be overclocking, you can also stick with the stock cooler.
agreed with jtt283 about Why_Me's build. It is a very solid build and trust me Why_Me knows how to suggest a good build. I think you would be extremely happy with it!
I would definitely overclock. It is a free performance boost and it really isn't hard at all. If you are really unsure about it you can ask for some advice on the Overclock forums here on TH. I would say it is actually harder to build a computer then it is to overclock. That is how easy it is.