SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Left for dead 2, Eve Online, Excel
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Would like to get the whole enchilada. Everything including O.S. Needed.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg
PARTS PREFERENCES:I'm an intel fan, but have no problems with amd, i've used them since the old k63 processors.
CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but doubtful at this price range
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Would prefer a 20"+ monitor
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Need windows, Quiet is a plus and as few flashy LED lights as possible, my 15 month old finds them to mesmerizing to pass up touching.
So the quick and dirty, was looking for a complete build in the 1000 dollar range. Needs to play eve and left for dead2 at decent play rates, and that about does it, everything else i play is old, civ, master of orion, xcom etc.
This build sacrifices a lot for the i5 setup, although it seems to me that you're a more balanced user. That being said, we can get somewhat better graphics performance by going for a cheaper processor and a beefier GPU. Also, I did not include an aftermarket Heat Sink in this build. Tack on an extra $50 if you're concerned about heat and/or noise. This PSU leaves quite a bit of head-room, so we could whittle it down (but with such a nice MIR, it's great buy). The case is open for debate, but still a decent buy for the price. You could save about $30-$40 on the monitor by going for a smaller 19" display (which will still look great!) Also, be aware that this Mobo cannot accommodate multiple GPUs, but at your budget I don't think that's really an option.
Once again, biggest thing is that we can squeeze out more graphic performance by going for something other than the i5, though for a balanced PC that will run everything you're looking at, this setup will work: