APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month or so
BUDGET RANGE: Approx. $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking, Development, Surfing the Web, Video/Photo Editing, NO Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS, Software
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Never done it before but hope to give it a try
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900 x 1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. Thoughts on this setup? Especially interested in your thoughts on the GPU, PSU, and memory. Also any other parts that I would need? I would prefer it to be as quiet as possible.
Case: The 902 is really expensive. I highly recommend the HAF 922 at $100 (or in a combo mentioned below). It's one of the best cases out there.
GPU: At least the HD 5770. It's only marginally more, and massively better.
RAM: These G.Skills are the same price, have the same timings, and are faster. They're just better.
PSU: I like the OCZ StealthXStream 700W. It's in a combo with the HAF 922 for $130 (after rebate), so you be saving on it. Having a bottom mounted case also elimintes the benefits of a modular PSU, as the cords are already out of the way at the bottom of the case.
Case: Without the combo, the 902 is priced the same as the HAF 922. Just comparing the two, would you still go with the HAF 922? If so, what would be your reasoning. As far as the case styling and appearance, I'm a much bigger fan of the 902.
GPU: Is there a specific HD 5770 GPU you recommend? I see they range from $150-200 on newegg but are the major differences between them? A specific brand you recommend?
RAM: Thanks for the advice here. I'll go with them instead. I was also, considering bumping this up to 8GBs (will probably be running a virtual machine(s) on it). If so, should I just go with two sets of the G.Skills? Is there a big advantage of waiting for this?
PSU: Any reason why I would need a 700W power supply for my uses? Any other PSUs you recommend if I stick with the 902 case?
Optical: Will be switching to the one you recommended.
Wireless: Any recommendations for a good wireless card? Would like it to be as fast as possible. Below is the wireless router I have.
Case: It's been a while since I looked at it. Last time I saw it, it was $120. To be honest, I probably would still go with the HAF (looks aside). The HAF has excellent cooling, and is quite a bit larger, allowing for bigger GPUs, easier Crossfire/SLI, and more components.
GPU: There isn't a real difference among brands. A lot of people like the XFX one because it offers a double lifetime warranty (when you sell it, the warranty is still with it).
RAM: You should get the same RAM when you increase it. The only advantage of waiting would be the lower prices. Eventually, you should be able to get 4 GB sticks for the same price as 2 GB sticks, but I'm not holding my breath. The only disadvantage is that it's possible to wait too long, and the sticks won't be available anymore. This won't be a problem for many, many years.
PSU: No, but it's a cheap and quality PSU. I would keep it in even if you go with the Antec. The PSU is big enough for Crossfiring in the future.
Wireless: I'm not that knowledgeable here. You might want to check in the Wireless section of the forum.