APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP (next week?) BUDGET RANGE: under $1000 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, VMWare/VirtualBox, Software Development, Maya, Houdini
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU/Chipset, Quad Core
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Above all it needs to WORK
Building PCs used to be easy, but I've gotten worse at it as time has gone on. My last two have been horrible failures, and I never figured out how to properly fix them. My P4 always overheated in the summer (not even OCing!) and my latest never quite worked right because of compatibility issues with my SATA drive and NVidia chipset (finally moved the HD to the RAID controller).
I would really like to use an i7 860 and an Nvidia card, but everything else is completely up in the air.