Approx Purchase Date: Whenever I can afford it, but based on my monthly budget I'll probably be buying it over the next few months in pieces
Budget Range: under $1k
System Usage: digital art projects (college/work, software like Design Premium CS4), homework, web browsing, maybe some games but they'd be ones like KotOR
Preferred Site for Parts: Amazon or anything someone suggests which is reliable and offers free shipping Country of Origin: USA
Parts not needed: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Of course, value for performance is always ideal, but I need this system to last me through college and probably until I can settle into a solid full time job when I can afford to upgrade with better, more fun stuff. So, quality enough for longevity but not so much that I can't afford it. All I've picked off of Amazon except the case, which is Xoxide.
I'm using "Build Your Own PC for Dummies" to do this... really never knew much about computer components, but this is what I've come up with:
Logisys Black In and Out Case w/ 480W power supply specs
Samsung XL2370 (picked w/o regard to price because I'm going to weasel it out of my family as a birthday present... ) specs
The mobo has on-board graphics and sound, and since I'm not doing a whole lot that involves sound anyway I'm skipping on a sound card for now. Altogether this should cost me about $800 if I buy through Amazon (excluding the monitor, which I don't intend to pay for...)
All comments, advice, and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.