Hello everyone, I decided to come back to the gaming world and instead of buying a PC I decided to give it a try and build my first system.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possible BUDGET RANGE: $1,000-1,500. Any rebates if available but doesn't matter.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Blu-Ray/DVD watching, Photoshop and other Adobe programs, Animation, Internet, e-mail.
LCD: Always buy a LCD for the screen, not the frills/features, etc. It'll be easy to pick one out. Personally, I wouldn't watch movies on monitors as 9 out of 10 has backlit bleeding (most noticeable when the screen is dark like in the tunnel/building in a movie or pretty much all FPS that can't not have night missions) I hook up my i5 rig to 26" HDTV. There's no bleeding whatsoever. Gaming feels like HD consoles. However, text is a tad blurred as expected due to higher dot pitch.
You can search newegg's user's comment for "bleeding" & pick out the one with the least. Or better yet, google for reviews. Pay attention to the parts that involves your uses (gaming, etc.).
HSF: You don't need a 3rd-party cooler unless you overclock the cpu. I'm using the stock crap. It's acceptable.
BD: I'd get the $200 burner cuz there's a new firmware for W7:
CPU/MOBO: Copy & paste the cpu/mobo combo text here. I can't open that link either. Judging by your wording, I'm guessing it's i7? Foxconn is not bad. Only people w/o exp will say otherwise.
HDD: 1 drive for OS & data? I'd strongly suggest you get a small drive or even SSD if you got the money for OS & a 500GB+ for the rest.
Heck, there's a trend going on that people are moving onto NAS (network attached storage). You can map your network folders to your Windows. It works like a local disk. Then you can share this storage with others or buy a network media player (WD & ASUS) to play your content on a TV in another room. I had a cheap-o NAS, but it was painfully slow for my family. Now I DIY-ed a Ubuntu server which is heaven. ~4+ times the transfer speed, 2 times the cost of my NAS. File sharing is only one of the many tasks Ubuntu can do.
If money is an issue, you can even put together a server with your old parts.