Hey there. I'm looking to the experts to help me with my stuff (despite reading these articles all day at work, I still know nothing about hardware). Here's my specs
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2-3 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1000 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel chip with Nvidia card
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want the computer to be extra quiet, but runs cool. As few lights on the case as possible. Prefer an nVidia card (DX10 is fine, since DX11 is still really expensive for nVidia cards).
After some digging, here's what I've come up with as for parts. You guys can probably recommend better, but here's my end of the legwork. I have two builds. One is from MagicMicro.com (a coworker recommended this site), and one from Newegg with my own shopping. I'll go for whichever one is a better value, but if you guys have some economic tweaks, I'd appreciate it (you guys are probably better at shopping than I am).
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core) 8000K
Processor Fan: Coolermaster Hyper 212, 4 Copper Heat Pipes, Extra Quiet CPU fan
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage II GENE X58
Graphics: GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Ram: 6GB (3x2GB) PC3 8500 DDR3 1066
HardDrive: 500gb Hitachi
Optical: LG 22x SATA DVD Recorder Dual Layer +R/RW -R/RW
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 black + 2x 120mm extra quiet case fans
Power Supply: Antec Basic 500w Extra Quiet ATX Power Supply
I second going with i5 750 build.
I cannot really give any advice on Nvidia as their 4XX series is too expensive, and their 2XX series is dated...and also too expensive. With the ATI 5XXX series it is hard to recommend anything else for both price and performance.
For $1000 you should definately be getting much better than a GTS250 card. In fact, Nvidia wise you should be able to aim for a GTX465 (not that I would recommend that card to anyone, it is the Nvidia equivalent of the ATI 5830 card).