APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, photoshop, dreamweaver, office applications, hulu
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: nada
OVERCLOCKING: for sure
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not likely, at least not for quite some time
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200, alternatively I can skip on the monitor and use my projector which is 720p
Hopefully that covers the basics, I was trying to follow the instructions. Anyway, the last computer I built for myself was back in 2005 I believe, so I'm out of touch. I have been reading the forums and have come up with a few possibilities but would definitely like some suggestions.
Power Supply: I'm not sure what I need, recommendations please. Needs to support the OC.
Standard HD: 1TB something that won't likely fail, I average roughly 1 failure a year.
RAM and HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB & Corsair CMPSU-650TX -$144.98
Monitor: I had a question here, what are the thoughts on the standard LCDs vs LED backlit? Any suggestions? As I mentioned above, there is always the possibility of skipping this and just using my projector as well.
OS: Windows 7? Should I upgrade to this or stick with XP? Also, if you recommend 7, which version and why?
For the CPU, I would prefer to stay with the x6, as when I am working I generally have ~30 firefox tabs open, photoshop, dreamweaver, filezilla ftp, notepad++ (with usually 5-7 documents), some excel tables, outlook, sometimes pdfs and word documents, along with various other programs. I would think 6 cores could handle this better than 4. I would be willing to give up a slight performance gain in games (is that really the case? can new games just not use all the cores?)
Thanks for the tip about the cooler being half priced on Amazon, that's pretty strange. Newegg used to be pretty price competitive. I'm going to leave it up there on newegg for now, but will likely order on Amazon for the final order.
The SSD looks good, it is out of stock at the moment but I am still going to add it, as most likely it will be back in stock next week. It is actually cheaper than their 50 GB version.
The hard drive you suggested looks good. Is the 650 watt power supply really enough for an overclock build? I would like some other thoughts on this please. Adding it to the list for now anyways.
Ram looks good as well. Looks like to get any better timings is significantly more cash.
Thanks for the response tecmo34.
Still looking for other thoughts, on LCD vs LED monitors, other parts suggestions, etc. I will be updating the top with some of tecmo34's suggestions.