APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today if possible.
BUDGET RANGE: 650-800 Before rebates if they are mail in.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the net, and writing papers for school
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or where the deals are.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: I'm in the U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever is Reputable right now and preferably a Intel for the CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. I've never overclocked but I may in the future. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a 20" screen, don't remember the resolution. I will upgrade to a 22" in the near future.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Functionality over bling. I would like it to last me a long time. I play FPS's alot. I have windows 7, And I can install it in either the 32-bit or the 64-bit. I would like to be able to use DX 11
Agree on the research aspect. I'm pretty new at building, but have learned a lot by just doing a little research.
Also agree on the fact that you will not be able to get a good Intel build. IMO, it's difficult to get a good Intel gaming build on less than $1000 right now without some major sacrifices. Recommend the AMD Phenom II X4 955, but might just be out of range ($165).
I'd drop down to an Antec 300 case (not the Illusion). It will save a little bit of cash, and only affects the looks.
For a good power supply, you can't beat Corsair. They make one in about every watt range, and all of them are of the highest quality.
You're going to need to go with the 64-bit Win7. You'll need 4 GB, so there's no sense in wasting the last bit.