So my first and last custom desktop build was in 2003. You may be wondering how I have survived this long. Short answer is I used a newer gaming laptop for awhile while I was off at school. Anyway, all you need to know about this beast is that the Radeon 9500 is holding on by a thread and it's running off an Asus A7V8X-X with a single stick of 512. The CPU is an AMD Athlon XP 2600+. I am hoping the end result of my new build is that bricks are promptly shat from the extreme jump in performance. I am excited. So here it goes:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About a month from now
BUDGET RANGE: under $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mostly
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, wireless card
PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: <3 newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: I am very open to suggestions but I am leaning towards Asus, Intel, and Nvidia
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I don't really know what is optimal here... looking to get a monitor anywhere from 20-24"
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Meh. Just don't want a leaf blower on my desk.
Not certain what size is right for me. I don't want it to be excessively big, and I think 24" might be pushing it in terms of gaming while sitting at my desk. Any suggestions? 1680 x 1050? 1920 x 1080? I was actually shocked at how low some of the prices were. Should I be scared of monitors in the 150 dollar range?
This leaves me with a bill of $1070 without the monitor. I'm obviously not shooting for $1500, but I have a bit of room to spare. I plan on getting Windows Vista with the free coupon for 7, too.
Sorry for the long and overly thorough post and thank you for your help. Suggestions? Criticisms?
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard does not support SLI, just in case you wanted to know since you picked up a GTX260 Core 216 GPU. You will have to go with an ATI card if you want to Crossfire but I would just recommend waiting for the DX11 cards this fall before making a switch to ATI. Your GTX260 will work just fine and you can't really beat their prices now.
Your PSU is currently an overkill but I would stick with it myself. It will allow you with more of an upgrade path down the road if you decide to Crossfire.