SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, Gaming, Movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Windows XP)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Intel for CPU and ATI for video cards.
OVERCLOCKING: Not planned. Maybe later.
CROSSFIRE: Not right now. Maybe later for a quick boost if cooling is not problematic.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 and 1920x1080, depending on location.
This PC will be used in 2 places in my house.
Most of the time it will sit in the living room hooked to the 1080P HDTV.
I therefore need it to be quiet and to look great. In that case, it will be mainly used as an HTPC.
When in gaming session or with friends, I will bring it downstairs and mainly play on a 1680x1050 monitor.
PS : I know it won't be perfectly quiet and a gamer's dream case.
I think the P180 looks better than any other alternative I found. Also looks to me like a good Silent/Gaming Hybrid case based on SilentPCReview.
I don't plan on OC and going crossfire for now. But in the next few months, I will probably upgrade this PC with a SSD. A better CPU fan for OC or going crossfire is a possibility if games like Global Agenda, WoW and upcoming (yeah right...) Guild Wars 2 or Diablo 3 don't run nice on this setup.
I will also consider Windows 7 in the near future.
Right now with this setup with taxes and shipping I'm at 958$ + 35$ shipping + 49$ taxes for 1044$.
You'd get better gaming performance using AMD. The 5750 is not a strong gaming GPU. It's only really useful for media.
Here's what I suggest:
CPU: X3 425 $80
Mobo: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO $100
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 (500 GB or 1 TB) or Seagate 7200.12 (same sizes)
GPU: HD 5770 at least. I would really try to stick in an HD 5850 for gaming on 1080p.