APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This February
BUDGET RANGE: a bit over $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet surfing, homework
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, monitor, keyboard, speakers, windows, optical drive
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel core i5 750. the rest im really unsure. though i've been recommended to get a corsair power supply and HAF 922 case.
OVERCLOCKING: Not necessary
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Later
MONITOR RESOLUTION 1900 X 1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS Parts here in Australia cost a bit more....
should i wait for nvidia's next line of video cards?
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM
48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support
- OEM $26
Hope these are good, I'm pretty sure this is what I'll be choosing, and I think we're on the same boat! Plus I'm going to get around 4-5x 120 mm led fans to throw in there, 2x on the heat sink, 1x on the bottom of case, 2x on the side. Study these items, they all seem pretty legit.
^^ That's a good build.
AClipse, if you need to shave off a few dollars you could go for a less expensive PSU. You can get a great quality Antec/OCZ/Corsair for $60-90. They are all roughly the same quality, so personally I would go for a cheaper one (I don't suggest skimping on it though).
But bababablazin did include Windows, so that change may not be necessary.
EDIT: I wouldn't wait for Nvidia's newer cards; they will be overpriced, as are the majority of its lineup ATM, and several sites have implied that these things will be extremely hot and energy-consuming. Also, if they actually do provide the reported 50% greater performance over the HD 5xxx's, your i5 will begin to bottleneck your rig.
You can get a Spinpoint F3 500gb HD instead, but it's only slightly better than the 7200.12 which comes with a $15 off combo w/ the OCZ PSU, so I figured it's worth it.
As to an i5 bottleneck, I doubt a Fermi will get close. Even a 5970(which will easily beat any 1 Fermi) + i7-920 rig is GPU bottlenecked even at stock speeds, with no gain from a 4.0 ghz OC, and the i5-750 is a better gaming CPU than the i7-920.
In fact, thanks to GPU bottleneck, even a Phenom II x4 will match an i7-920's gaming performance w/ a 5970.
www.Gocomp.com.au has pretty good prices and they have a shop front in Brisbane so if you live near there you can go and pick up the parts, so no shipping cost. Although they have a lot of stuff out of stock which could be a problem since it might take additional time.
*NOTE* The higher price is because this is Australia. I'm thinking your $1000 budget was Australian dollars so the builds posted here may be out of your budget.
bababablazin's build from earlier updated with prices from Gocomp:
It will cost $1397 if you get the 5850 from the other shop, and if you have to post it than it would be a bit more depending on the postage cost. I'd say max $40 for postage. If you can't afford it than just go for the HD 5770, you can always get another one later on and they scale very well in Crossfire. Two 5770's have almost the same performance as a 5850.
So if you can afford a bit over $1400 than get the 5850 otherwise just go for a 5770.