I really appreciate the knowledgeable help you all provide here, thanks for your input.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month or so, but I can wait for sales.
BUDGET RANGE: Around $700, but will spend more for the right components.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, but top performance not necessary.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Planning to reuse:
Samsung 24 inch monitor Native 1920x1080 5ms
ATI Radeon HD 4670 (will upgrade later)
WD Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (Will upgrade later)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 750
OVERCLOCKING: Just a little, conservative about this.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would like the option to, but probably won't.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
Would prefer a understated case, no flashy bling please. I like the stealthy look.
I'm reusing my current HD and graphics card for now which I know will limit performance until I upgrade them, but otherwise I'd like to get quality, proven components that together would provide a solid platform for later upgrades and the "future."
Not looking to include cheap components that I'll regret later, but I love a deal on quality stuff.
This will be my first build, so I'd like to avoid hard to install or tricky components.
The one thing that concerns me is the power supply is a little on the low side if you want to overclock and later add a high end graphics card like a 5850 or one of the soon to be released Nvida Fermi.