This post is for one of my friends, I'll just help him set the system up. A reminder, we are probably going to purchase the items from stores or sites in Sweden, which means another Value is used. The difference between USD and swedish SEK might differ, also the prices between the countries, so if possible, try to keep the prices down as much as possible to be on the safe side.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy Gaming, movies, internet surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Komplett.se (Swedish site, partlinking is enought, since mostly all items is available here aswell)
PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid-Full Chassis, AMD/Intel, ATI prefer is it'll bring down the price, DDR3
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not yet decided, 22" probably
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quite silent computer. packages that include monitors is okay, although a separate one is not going to be bought. A USD is worth about 7.5SEK
I know you're not buying in USD, but the numbers are for me to keep track of the budget...
CPU: Phenom II X4 955 $165
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO $110
RAM: Cheapest 1600 mhz (or 1333 mhz) 2x2 GB CAS Latency 7 kit you can find $115
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55 (or 1 TB $90)
Case: HAF 922 $100
PSU: 700-750W Corsair, Antec Earthwatts, OCZ, FSP, Seasonic or PC Power & Cooling. Any of these would be good quality. Budget about $100.
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find $25
OS: Windows 7 $100
GPU: HD 5970 $650+. Can swap for an HD 5870 to save about $250.
Total: $1,320 w/ 5970, $1,070 w/ 5870.
If you do go with the HD 5870, you might want to get the i5 instead of the X4 955. The changes would look like this: