This does not include a sound card or a network card... or card reader...978.00 less shipping. You can free up a little money with the alternative processor I will list below. You may find some combo deals but I find it better to shop separately to get the stuff I'd rather have vs compromising/over comp a build. Good Luck and let us know what you do.
I'll just say that my build is the best at gaming. I sacrified the CPU in order to fit in the HD 5850. The lower CPU will not affect gaming, while the larger GPU is the difference between being able to game at 1900x and not. The board I used also has USB 3/SATA III ports, making it much more future proof.
The only two thing I would change in my build if there was some extra cash is the RAM and the PSU. OCZ RAM has some issues because it requires a lot more volts than other sticks to run perfectly. This isn't a huge problem as long as you manually set the specs in BIOS. The PSU isn't one of the highest quality. It's good quality, but not great. That's the reason I went with a larger unit than necessary.
Admiral..... I'm not mocking your build. As a matter of fact I didn't even read through it. I just tried to give the man what he was asking for and stay in his budget with the best I could provide. Cudos for tossing in a 5850 but it didn't fit in my "budget". I find it difficult to compromise components.
I know, I'm just pointing out the differences. Your build is what I would put together for a multipurpose build. I really didn't want to drop to the OCZ PSU, but to make it a better gaming build, it really needed the 5850.
I think its worthwhile to also point out what was wrong with your initial build, purely as a learning exercise.
- very lopsided, good cpu and alot of ram and everything else is much weaker.
- very weak video card for $1000 build, as you can see from madadmirals build for a gaming build you get the best possible video card for your budget and get the rest of the parts to support it, CPU can be weaker as long a it doesn't bottleneck the card.
- DDR2 ram on a DDR3 motherboard, just won't work. also 8 gigs is too much for your budget.
- doesn't need a sound card. the mobo has onboard sound, and it probably much better than a $12 card
- don't buy the cheapest PSU, if it goes it could fry your whole system. play it safe and spend a little more on a good brand
- monitor is tiny. its tough to fit in a monitor on a budget but its totally worth downgrading other components to get a bigger screen as it has a big impact on the gaming experience.