p55ibexpeak - I was actually looking more along the lines of around 9 gigs of ram. I just got a ps3 so gaming will not be a big deal at all. I might insall CSS or something like that. The video card will primarily be used for hd video, 3d modeling, and stuff in photoshop. Noise isnt all that big of deal, of course I dont want a pc that sounds like a semi truck . For the case, I don't really want bling at all. A blue LED light or so would be fine but nothing fancy. Other than the LCD...I need everything haha.
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
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Total after shipping & tax would be a few bucks over budget. The thing is you want 9 gigs of ram, but there are either 6 or 12 so I picked out 12 gigs. The cheaper i7 mobos have only 4 memory slots. The ASUS has 6 and it's a very solid board.
The GPU uses passive cooling: no moving parts. Noiseless. It's adequate.
The case is pretty quiet and has a quality PSU that can power even HD 5770 if you upgrade to that down the road.
There's only 1 HDD on the list. It's a fast one. Make sure you back up your files (bookmarks) & work to DVD+/-R or RW regularly.
If you don't have an OS, you will need to swap out the ram for 6 gigs for now and get Windows 7 64bit. You can always throw 6 more gigs in the case later on. This is a good ram kit: