Howdy all, I'm looking into building my first machine and would appreciate advice, especially when it comes to speccing it out. I'm working with about a $500 budget, but it's flexible (to a point). I'm not too worried about the actual building, as I've worked on quite a few Macs & PCs and feel pretty comfortable with computer components.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: January BUDGET RANGE: $500-600 - preferably before rebates, but I can deal
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, some media center use (ripping DVDs, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: hard drive (I've got a couple of 120gb 10k drives just sitting around), OS (Windows 7 Pro)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com - really, anything reputable is fine COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USofA
PARTS PREFERENCES: no real preference - AMD or Intel is just fine w/ me
OVERCLOCKING: probably light overclocking SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe down the line
MONITOR RESOLUTION: no preference, though something that can handle 1080p would be nice (I'd like to use it with my Xbox 360 as well)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Something mid-size would be nice, but I'd also like something that I can easily expand upon. Something Hackintosh-able would be a definite plus. Also, Microcenter routinely has Core i7 920s for $200, which is awfully tempting...