This will be my first build and I've been playing with it for months and months now. I wasn't planning on buying this until next summer but given the fact my current computer thinks it's a toaster I've had to speed up this process. I've been tweeking this over and over after pouring over just about every site I could find about it and I think I've got it fairly right here but I didn't want to go ahead without some input into my ideas.
The budget I have for these items here is $1000 CDN which is about $1050 USD so it's close enough. I added the case to the list here since I've seen a lot others list theirs too and I changed the RAM after looking over a few other posts here so this is the up to date list as of today. I'm going to get a second GeForce GTS 250 OC 1GB into the mix when they drop in price a bit more so that'll be a real cheap video card upgrade for me. I play mostly MMOs and FPS so that's the game style I'd like this to be pushing.
Some questions I have based on reading other posts here are about the hard drive and the CPU.
I was reading other posts about Western Digital not being so reliable lately. I've always known them to have a good reputation but is there something I've missed lately?
Second is the i7 920 vs. the i5 750. I've been reading about how the i5 might be better for gaming but I'm also looking for try and future proof this rig a bit to be able to upgrade it well. Is this choice going to limit me at all either way?
Depending on which FPS titles, the GPU is a bad choice - slow. For MMOs, the GPU is ok. If you play modern FPS, get a HD 5850 + PhII x4 build. You said gaming is the most important and possibly the only thing you do on the pc. Get as fast a GPU as budget allows. With AMD, you can go with any good 790X mobo.
Why do you keep listing U.S. site when you're buying from Canada? Use newegg.ca