i'm building a new Mid-Range System, right after my current system sells.
AMD Athlon X2 7750+ 2.7GHz
4GB DDR2-1066 OCZ Reaper
2x eVGA nVidia 8800GTs 512s
1x500GB Seagate 7200/32-OS
1x250 WD 7200/16-Extra Storage/Backup
Biostar nForce 750i SLi board.
Asus TV Tuner
Cooler Master HAF 932 Case
Mushkin 600 Watt Modular PSU
now, i've got several people at my computer store interested in purchasing this machine, and as soon as it sells, i will be putting that money with money of my own to build a new tower. i plan to have $850 bucks for a new machine.
Here's what i do.
-Gaming, usually at 1280x1024 resolution, sometimes 1600x1200 if i really enjoy the game.
-Audio/Picture Editing-Simple edits like Photoshop, and Soundbooth/Audacity
-I run 3 17" LCDs side by side
-I Listen to a LOT of music, stream Videos to my 360, and generally look up things online.
one of my major concerns this time around is size. i love my HAF case, but honestly, since i moved, it's been an eyesore, and since i set it up downstairs in the office, taking it to LAN parties tends to suck.
I've decided to build up a mATX build, for size, and that "wow, you can do all that in that little thing?" effect at parties. I won't be requiring Dual Video Cards for a LONG time, so i'm not worried about that.
some things to remember.
-mATX means small ass setup. so GTX cards aren't really an option.
-i'm more inclined to go with AMD in such a low budget system
-Ati and Nvidia don't matter to me, but i want the card to match the chipset.
-that 850 includes Shipping, lol.
-Operating system is covered. i have plenty of those, Microsoft Partnerships ftw.
-i prefer to buy from reputable online distributors, So Newegg is my primary place to shop online.
-a modular power supply is a must in this small form factor.
here's what i've built up.
CPU-AMD Phenom II X3 720BE 2.8 GHZ 7.5MB total Cache.