After gathering some info from a few people who have helped me on here and looking around on my own...I've come up with the following...if you haven't seen my previous posts, I know next to nothing about 'technical' computer stuff so it's really hard for me to compare one thing to another on here and know what is better for me. Basically, I want to build as good of a gaming desktop as I can for $12-1300 at the absolute MOST, and I would like to keep it around $1000 if possible, but I feel like that might not be reasonable. It's mainly for playing WoW (World of Warcraft) and potentially Diablo 3 in the future whenever it comes out.
After those decisions...my only real decision left is on a monitor...I'm still a little unclear how monitors react with specific video cards and how it will affect FPS...I'd like a nice monitor...but most importantly, I want one that will fit the video card and everything else I have so that I can run WoW with perfect FPS on high settings in 25 man raids if at all possible. So help with that would be appreciated.
Also...the 5770 video card seems to be what just about everyone recommends...but then I see a bunch of places that it probably won't run games on full settings/full FPS? Would it be possible/smart to get the 5870 or whatever it is that is much more expensive but go down in price on a few other things? I realize I am probably pushing my original budget, but If I have to spend $1200-1300, I can probably do that at the absolute most. Thanks again for any help.
With $1200-$1300 you should be able to fit in at least a 5850, if ou can afford the 5870 then that is great. The 5770 is better for lower budget systems as it is a good card for its price but does start showing its budget at 1920 x 1080
The ECO RAM runs at a lower voltage so it is a good set for just $1 difference.
Personally I would just grab a 500gb Spinpoint - as a gamer I have never maxed out that much on a HDD so feel 1TB is excessive. But I guess it depends on how much stuff you put on your computer. The 500gb is $55
Monitor is fairly easy - the key things to look for are its resolution and its response time. Usually you are looking at about $200-$250 for a 24 inch monitor at HD resolution.
WoW is CPU heavy and poorly coded so there is no guarantee it will play flawlessly
I appreciate the input and builds so far guys...anyone else have any opinions on either of these builds or the one I posted originally? Getting the 5870 seems like it would be the best bet if at all possible, does the build that ultimabeam posted with the 5870 make any sacrifices with anything else that I may not want to make? All I really want is to be able to run WoW and future games (probably just Diablo 3) with full settings/fps as best as possible...sick of raiding 25 mans at 10 fps and it drastically affecting my performance