I'm a first-time builder looking to build a computer for everyday tasks, as well as some light gaming (WoW, Football Manager, Age of Empires, etc). I also want a premium sound card without breaking the bank. Here's the info:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July-August
BUDGET RANGE: $600 to $900
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching streaming HD video, listening to and storing/hoarding lossless-quality music, college tasks (word processing, spreadsheets, MATLAB, etc), light gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have a Samsung 24" LCD and I'll use Windows 7 RC for now.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like a high quality case.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to be able to reuse parts like the case, power supply, etc, in case of a future rebuild.
I love my antec 900 but if you aren't going to overclock its probably overkill but i think the decision to get a good case and psu is a great idea. I dont like modular because the clips aren't always the best things get loose and you think something died that didn't and you rma and rma and find out its the @&%@ing cord but thats up to you. Hope that helps
All good recommendations, although I disagree on the RAM. As someone looking forward to future builds, it's not unreasonable to anticipate re-using your DDR3. DDR2 will go up in price and eventually all boards will be DDR3, so there is good reason to use it now.