I'm looking to build a new gaming computer, but it's my first time ever building a computer. I'll try to fill out this template as best as I can, but I'm still not certain about what to do for some parts of it. I'd like to be able to run modern games on their highest settings.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I can, preferably this week or next.
BUDGET RANGE: Honestly, price isn't that much of a concern for me. Obviously, I'd like to stay cheaper, but really, anywhere under $2k is acceptable for me. (I know that makes me sound like a rich bastard but I'm really not. <_<)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: For the most part, gaming. Obviously, normal functions such as using the internet or word processing are important as well, but those are a given.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I don't really need any parts outside of the computer itself, as I feel like I would be able to select those on my own. However, feel free to suggest parts. I need all the help I can get.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or TigerDirect, although I do have a rather large Fry's close to me that I could utilize. My friend built a phenomenal computer solely using parts that he found there.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and nVidia for processor and video card, respectively.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, although I'd prefer to use just one.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure about this... is it necessary?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is what I'm looking at now, but it's probably not optimal.
Intel Core-i7 960 Processor (I'd like an i7, but I'm open to changing the model number)
4 GB of DDR3 RAM (Not sure what exactly to get for this)
500 GB Hard Drive (Again, not sure what to get.)
I need to pick out a sound card and a case/PSU as well, but I really don't know what to do for those.
I'm really sorry that this is so vague, but I'm completely new and I'm having a little bit of trouble being on the same page as the more experienced builders, but I really want to get off of the ground with this. Thanks in advance.
EDIT: Oh, and as far as building itself goes, I have a friend who has built a computer and has some experience, so I don't think I'll need that much help, although I'd be glad to know of common mistakes.