MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 CRT max res, HDTV 1080p. Will use both @ same time.
I plan to use this PC in my 'entertainment room'. I plan to purchase a 720p or 1080p HDTV to go with this rig, and I already have a stereo system. It's not surround sound, but I have 4 80w floor speakers +amp/receiver already rigged up in the 4 corners of the room.
For gaming, I don't do anything extremely high-demand like MW2 or Crysis max settings. I just like the extra power so I can turn the settings all the way up on the games I will enjoy, which are listed above.
The main questions aside from any tips/concerns about the part selection are:
1.) Which CPU(listed above) is better for my purposes? I plan to make this PC last 4 years+ w/o upgrade to CPU or mobo.
2.) If I have someone watching a TV show on the TV playing off the HDD, and I want to play a game @ the same time, will I need some more elaborate HDD storage solution like raid, 10k RPM or an SSD to avoid any stuttering in the video or the game? Otherwise, I just plan to get a single 1tb Western Digital.
These are the parts I like, but do they make sense to you guys? It will be my first home build from scratch. My first PC was a barebones case+psu+mobo/CPU P4@3.0ghz. I also need a good case suggestion given all the above information...it's the one thing I have no clue how to pick it out, what to look for and such. Thanks so much guys!