APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sooner than later. No extreme rush.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, 24" Monitor (x2), Going to reuse 36gb Raptor for OS drive, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI Video Card
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. This system is a huge upgrade to what I have currently so I may not.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (I would like to drive 2 24" for everyday computing but not gaming)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to stay under $1000US. Present total is $1004 without shipping. Going for pure functionality, no lights, windows, bling, etc. necessary. The case can change if there is something out there that is mellow in style. Thanks for your help.
Edits: Changed Hard Drive to Seagate. Changed memory to CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws. Changed to ASUS mother board. Split up power supply and case combo.
Switch the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB. Both are faster, quieter, cooler and cheaper.
Get the CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws for only $10 more.
I would recommend looking at an AMD build and getting an HD 5870 for your resolution. If you still can't fit it with an X4 955, don't feel like you have to have the top of the line CPU. The GPU is the most important part to gaming.
Using that old Raptor as the system drive is not a good idea. Unfortunately the Raptor drives are yesterday's technology, especially those old original Raptors. A current 7200RPM 500GB/platter drive will actually out-perform that old Raptor by a pretty large margin. The 500GB WD drive isn't a good idea either since it uses old technology 250GB/platters. I would just pick up a pair of these drives: