I did a lot of research on cases. I decided that I didn't mind if it was a little noisy, as long as it kept my system cool. This case has plenty of room, and space for up to 7 fans (though I doubt I will use that many).
I also did a bit of research on monitors, and read that Viewsonics are great for Gaming. For $200 I think this is a great monitor. But I have a question: Will I have to lower the resolution while gaming because of the size of this screen?
OS: Windows 7 ($120)
I've heard that people on college campuses can purchase copies of windows 7 for $5. I have a few friends in college, does anyone know more about this?
I'm trying to lower it to $1200 - $1300 or lower without losing too much performance. My original build was $900, but i spent too much time looking at parts online and got greedy
RAM - Go with either 4GB or 8 GB for AMD, as it's dual-channel. This G.Skill ECO series is pretty good.
Mobo - that board cannot do CrossFire, if you have any interest in that in the future, but it's a fine board.
HDD - The fastest current hard drives are 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12, or 1 TB of the same & Western Digital WD1002FAEX SATA 6 Gb/s. All of those drives use 500 GB platters, which means that they pack data more densely than drives with smaller platters.
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium is $100 at newegg.
the mobo i recommended can not only do crossfire, it can do quad fire. and the 5870 1 gig and the 5870 2 gig dont give that different of performance, and the 5850 is plenty strong, you will see a 10-15% loss in performance at most.
You're going to have to pay a little more for Crossfire, but not too much.
Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 - $110, free shipping, $15 MIR - includes SATA 6Gb/s & USB3
or MSI 890GXM-G65 - $130 + fress shipping, $10 MIR - SATA 6 Gb/s & USB3, mATX size, may not be ideal
I'd recommend the Gigabyte of the two above. I was trying to stay near your original mobo price.
EDIT: D'oh, beaten by ares1214. The 890FX series is the newest, most expensive motherboard chipset from AMD, but it has a lot of features. You could also go with a 790FX chipset if you want to pay a little less, though still more than what you were at.
Forget the GHETTO amd CPU's and get an i5 750 with the money you just saved on the HD and Case.
i5 750 $200
5870 can be purchased for $300 at around 5:40pm central standard time on Newegg.com
using google chome as your browser
here is how. go on newegg.com and search "open box video card" then sort by highest price, once it is sorted bookmark the page.
now you have one click access to the open box video cards. They update throughout the day but around 5:40pm central time there seems to be the most activity especially on mondays. I picked up two 5870s at $100 off each because they were open box.