Any replies would be much appreciated. I'll just go ahead and use the template.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Weeks. BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200 after instant rebates. I don't like mail-in rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and 3D rendering are the most important. I don't need to play everything on maxed settings, but not a slouch either. I don't use the high-end 3D apps - just the software Poser/DAZ Studio for amateur artwork. So I don't need anything geared specifically toward CAD design or anything.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just need the CPU essentials and a DVD Burner All in one. I have all peripherals, monitor and OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com (Canada) - I'm not actually building this PC myself, but having NCIX build it for a $50 fee. (Don't include this in budget) I'm not very handy. They also do price match, though I've never used it.. you can use newegg.ca to PM I believe. But I'll be buying every part in one order from NCIX. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: None, I don't have any expertise really. This is where I need your help.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unless you suggest it, no.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 19" - 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't mind some noise, but not TOO loud as my PC is right near my bed. I don't care how it looks, but I won't complain if there's a cool lighting effect.
My room gets pretty hot so I'm hoping for a system that won't run too hot. I prefer reliability over extra performance.
My two main concerns are if I should go for an Intel i7 instead, and if I'm better off with just 4GB of RAM. I tend to have many programs running a lot while doing 3D work, and my computer friends have suggested the more RAM the better.