I want a quad core with with a fast GPU and lots of ram. I am open to any suggestions on how to make this better. I haven't choosen a motherboard or case yet. I think I'd like a black mid-tower case, but I'd really like one with a metal handle so I can grab it up for lan parties. As for the motherboard, it has to support the CPU and ram and it would be nice to have SLI but that isn't a must. A legacy IDE connector would be good for my old DVD burner.
CPU: AMD AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 171.99 NewEgg Motherboard: Memory: G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 199.99 NewEgg Video: MSI GeForce GTX 260 179.99 NewEgg Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 79.99 NewEgg OS: Microsoft Win7 Home Premium 104.99 NewEgg PSU: Corsair CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 109.99 NewEgg Case: Monitor: AOC 20" Widescreen LCD 99.99 Frys
Look at the Coolermaster storm scout for a solid case with handles.
If you are gaming, you will not gain any performance going over 4GB.
If you have a monitor of 1680x1050 or less resolution, a 5770 is a strong enough graphics card. If you go up to 1920x1080 or more then a 5850 is preferable. I think DX11 is important enough that I only recommend ATI 5000 series. If you dont think it is, then a 4870 will almost always give you the same or better performance as a GT260 for less money. PhysX games are the exception.