APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Black Friday, hopefully- if not, a bit later
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming- for now, CoD4, TF2, HL2, MW2, L4D2, WoW (and random schoolwork, internet browsing, etc)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard, mouse, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg
PARTS PREFERENCES: would like a Core i5 and any Radeon 4890
OVERCLOCKING: Most likely not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Most likely not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever goes best with the chosen monitor...
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Yeah, this will be my first rig and I've been very fickle in picking it, having gone through about 15 different setups in the last two weeks. I very much look forward to what you guys can come up with!
I'd also like to thank all of you who took the time to read this/help me out in advance. I appreciate it! I truly know very, very little about computer hardware (which bothers me) and I hope that in the process of building it (with help from my hardware-oriented friends) will get me more in tune with the whole scene... if that doesn't do it, hopefully maintaining one does! Thanks guys.
See how you like this. Granted, prices/combos may change by black friday and who knows what kind of crazy deals can be taken advantage of, but this should be a good start. If you want to see how I come up with parts, read through my design guide. Its in the process of being updated, but still good stuff in there.
Thanks for the response! I neglected to mention that I've already got an OS ready to go, but thanks for that. I'll take a second to pore over it all and edit this when I'm done...
Edit: Alright! Looks great so far, and without the OS, the entire build is down to about $880, which is incredible (from what I've seen) for a Core i5/4890 system. Also includes a very nice monitor...
As for the speakers, I guess I'd need some, but it's entirely possible that I have some lying around... I'll eventually get a headset, but I'd like some speakers (not high quality at all) just to be there for casual playing.
If you have an extra $100 bucks to spend, it could go into a good gaming mouse if you don't have one, headphones, or squeeze a 5850 in there.
I ultimately plan on grabbing a G5, Newegg just happens to be out of stock at the moment and I can wait for however long it takes/Black Friday... the less expensive the better (ie not trying to use all of the budget), though the speakers do seem like a must.
What would you think of this Asus 21.5" for a bit cheaper? The big pro is that it includes speakers and I'm an Asus fan. Seems like the monitors are pretty much the same aside from the fact that it's a 21.5" as opposed to a 23". Seem like a worthy substitution? However, I should note that I believe monitors will get the biggest BF slash, as they're more publicly-bought than things like video cards...
No, I'm sure I won't (get the 3d sound), but I intend on getting a headset in the future. The speakers would just be there for those days of casual gaming when I don't need to talk to anyone and simple music playing. Thanks for all of your help.