APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, possibly some HD movie watching on occassion. Mostly gaming tho. I have my current pc for downloads, work stuff, and the intrawebz.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or where ever stuff is cheaper
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel for proccessor, Asus for mobo. Nvidia for GPU. Outside of that, I'm open to opinions.
OVERCLOCKING: eh...maybe in the future but I doubt it. Also will probably stick with a single video card....for now
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've read alot about different case options, and the coolermaster is the one I like the best. Prolly wont sway me on that. It would seem that most folks prefer an ATI video card over Nvidia? I've just had a better overall experience with Nvidia cards, would really like to stick to that.
Mouse, keyboard and all the little stuff I will be getting also, I just didn't include them here as I pretty well know what I want.
Well, you're a noob for choosing a $180 case, more expensive Eco sticks, a special PSU that won't fit that expensive case, slower and more expensive WD HDD, and all around crappy nVidia (at least right now). If you give with nVidia for gaming, you WILL get a lesser PC. No two ways about it. Maybe when (if) Fermi comes out they'll have something worth recommending, but all of the few indications show they won't. You should also keep in mind that this is a vastly different ATI since AMD bought them a few years ago.
The reason everyone is going for ATI right now is that nVidia doesn't have a DX11 card out at the moment. The upcoming nVidia line will fix that problem, and at that point, we'll get to compare oranges to oranges again.
If you can afford to wait a month or two, you might want to do that, especially if you've got your heart set on an nVidia card.
Fully support MadAdmiral's build though. I'm beginning to suspect that he has 3-5 builds specced out with the bbcode already pre-formatted and waiting in notepad for him to cut & paste into a response. Which is what I would do if I had a little more time, in order to increase future laziness.