APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next month or two
BUDGET RANGE: $800 MAXIMUM
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games like oblivion, maybe mass effect, emulators, and stuff like that. O_o if anyone knows, does Halo 2 PC run on windows 7? because I might play that as well.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Harddrive, dvd burner, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, ATI GPU, others dont matter
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1360x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 4 gigs of ram would be preferred
It looks like a tight build. I personally prefer to use ASUS and MSI parts when possible. One of these brands and using a AMD chipset will make for a decent mainboard. I have to warn you about HIS as I have had bad experiences in the past with their tech support. Also I would recommend a radeon 5750 because at your low resolution it will have 'long legs' and support DX11. Corsair has a great power supply line and 500 to 600 watts should do fine for your build. Its hard to go wrong with ram as long as you use a major brand (don't buy "house" ram) with a lifetime warranty. AMD actually uses a nice heat sink with their processors (heat pipe into aluminum fins) that will allow for all but the more extreme of over clocks. Good luck with your new toy!