I'm pretty new to homebuilding and would appreciate some help getting started on parts. Thanks.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month. The sooner the better, haha.
BUDGET RANGE: $500 - $600 Before rebates. I'm willing to go slightly higher (e.g. 50 dollars or so.), though I suppose the lower the better.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media/Movies, Gaming, Music (I use Sony ACID; I'd like to be able to play through my computer, though if too expensive I'll just purchase a mic.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor are not required, though I would like suggestions on a decent speaker system.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, possibly eBay.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't have any particular preferences. Though I'm having trouble deciding on a processor. A friend of mine swears by AMD, but I've been hearing some good reviews on Intel's i-series chips. Also, I'm thinking 6 GB of RAM and a 1 TB Hard drive. I like knowing I have the space, even if I won't use it immediately.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe...I honestly don't know too much about overclocking.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Is it absolutely necessary to run two graphics cards?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Most likely a 17'' (1280 x 1024?)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first homebuilt PC, though I'll have help. The new semester for university starts in the fall, and I'd like to have this as my reliable desktop. I have an old Macbook that I'm keeping solely for portability and video editing...but if this PC can handle that too, fantastic! I'm an avid gamer, as well. It doesn't need to be able to run Crysis on full settings or anything, but you know enough so that I don't have 9 FPS all the time.
As I said before, I'd like to be able to run my keyboard and/or my bass directly into the computer as well as a wacom tablet.
Thank you all in advance for helping. I'm doing my research to the best of my ability but, having a community to ask questions directly to is much easier. If I need to provide anymore information, let me know!
Explaining why the Rosewill would take a bit... That's why the PSU guide is linked in my sig.
Here's a short answer: That particular unit is built by ATNG and should perform well. The slightly stronger RG630 was reviewed here: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/881
They are the same platform and a quick poll over at the johnnyguru forums last month convinced me that they were a solid budget choice.
GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125236
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Item #: N82E16817341017
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $219.98 $144.98
That puts me about four dollars under budget, which I guess is good...but I seem to have omitted the operating system. I'm not sure if there were any parts that a different combo deal would've been beneficial. For example, I picked the casing based on aesthetics, but if there was a more economical way to get the processor I would do that also. I unfortunately didn't see any OS/Processor combos
I jut found out that I do! My friend is helping me out with Windows XP Professional x64, so that should work out fine. Thanks again for all of your help, everyone. I'll be sure to post a picture when it's all done