I don't know much of anything about computers so I'm going into this without inside knowledge on what's compatible with what, and which brands are more reliant, more bang for the buck etc etc... but I've been searching forums and reviews for about the past week and I came up with this....
Processor: I'm not going to overclock right away because I am in no way fit to do so yet, but I've read that the phenom II x6 1055t is really good value. Not sure if it's worth it to go up to 1090t...
Motherboard: I don't know what the difference is between the 89td and the 89gtd, or if the usb3 would be beneficial to have or if it's not necessary. Any help here would be great.
Graphics: I would like to be able to play new game releases so I'm not sure if the 5770 isn't good enough or if I could go cheaper without a huge loss in results. I also don't know if nVidia or ATI is better value.
Memory: The G.Skill ripjaws seem like really good value, and i've read reviews that say they work fine with these, but then I've read others saying they aren't compatible with this motherboard, and that I should instead get the G.Skill Flare because they were made specifically for the x6 and MoBo, but that's like an extra $50 that I'd rather not spend if I don't have to.
Storage: I'm going to be ripping and downloading a ton of music and dvd's so I'd like to have a lot of space. I was looking at the seagate barracuda 1.5tb, but have read many reviews bashing it for failing or not working at all so, I'm not sure what brand or size would be best to go with.
Power: Not a clue as to how many watts I need, but I would like to leave some room to overclock or crossfire in the future
Case: Again, not sure how much space I need so I don't know if that NZXT Apollo can fit everything in it.
Cooler: IDK if I need any additional cooling either.
Monitor: Depends on how much money I have left over from the pc, but I think at least a 23" with 1920x1080. I was looking at a couple Asus 23"-26" w/ 1920x1200. Asus seems to be a reliable company so that sounds like a good route to go since I don't have have $1,000 to spend here.
Any suggestions on what to add, take away or replace, or even a complete overhaul would be welcomed.
All in all, I'd like to spend anywhere from $800-$1000 on the pc, and around $150-$300 or so on the monitor, with less money spent the better
For gaming at your intended resolution I would at least go with a Radeon 5850, with a 5770 you would have to sacrifice some detail in some games, and only more to come.
The Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives would be a perfect fit for you, if you are also looking for a drive purely for storage for your music and movie collection, then the Western Digital Caviar Green is worth a look.