Thanks in advance for all replies and help, hope I provide enough info and some of you are kind enough to offer some advice!
I'm going for a pretty solid PC, that's flexibile with lots of multi-tasking, and fast-loading for large maps/MMORPGs as well as the horsepower for FPS's. I'm someone who likes to build a new solid system every few years, then just throw $200-300 at it every 6 months with a new upgrade (adding in a 2nd GPU for Crossfire, or adding another stick of RAM, or doing a mobo/cpu jump).
PS- Monitor-wise: I'd like to stick around $180-260. I'd like to go 22"-24". I'm not a big fan of buying monitors online that aren't uber-guarenteed as they seem to have like a 20% rate of having dead pixels from my experience and I don't want to deal with an RMA hell as I don't have a backup monitor. I was looking at Dell's in that case, but if a great deal/suggestion could be made, that would be excellent. I obviously want to play max reso on most games at 24" with full settings