SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, art (level editing, SketchUp, Corel Painter, some zbrush), watching HD movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor (24" LCD)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NY, USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor, nvidia chipset. I've found several pieces of editing software that balk at my HD5830 (I dislike having to work around things when I'm trying to create something polished), and for that reason I'd prefer an nvidia card, though I'm not entirely against an AMD processor as long as it's just as powerful/stable as it's intel "equivalent". That being said, I've always had an Intel and have also found that their packaging is really pretty.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like a PC that doesn't sound like it has a jet engine strapped to the back of it.
Took some of your suggestions into account for this full build. Is the 6GB necessary? I'm figuring I can upgrade later on that account along with maybe another GTX 470. I'm thinking something a long these lines? Please let me know if I'm making some wrong decisions here. I've upped my budget a teeny bit. I'm unsure about the case TBH.