Okay here is what I'm thinking (by the way I live in Toronto,Canada):
Video Card ~$100
Power Supply, Case, Hard Drive, DVD Writer, Extra fan(s) ~$150-$200
What do you guys think? Should I go cheaper with the motherboard? My plans are to game at 1920x1080, surf the web and do other random techie stuff that I might get into. Future plans are to upgrade CPU and GPU to mid-high end and whatever else needs to be upgraded (ie. more RAM, more cooling). Planning to run Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (is OEM okay?). Am interested in overclocking but would prefer to start with stock cooling (don't want to overcomplicate my first build with aftermarket cooling?)
Processors I'm trying to decide between:
Phenom II X2 555 BE 3.2 GHz
Athlon II X4 635 2.9 GHz
Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz
Motherboards I'm trying to decide between (been looking at Asus mostly):
Asus M4A87TD EVO
Should I go cheaper with the mobo? $80? More expensive with it?
For video card I'm thinking Asus EN9800 GT 512 MB.
RAM, something decent and 2x2Gb.
Power supply probably just stick a Corsair TX 650 and call it a day.
Case been looking at Antec 300 + 2 front intake fans but slightly concerned since there is no hole behind the motherboard tray to remove the cooler's retention plate. Gladiator 600??
PARTS PREFERENCES: Quality please. Funny thing is, it depends who you ask . I've been out of the loop for years so... Kind of favouring a GTX 460 though since it has such sweet SLI. Hey, I might use it in my next build and even if not, isn't the bang for buck good?
OVERCLOCKING: YES! (But a quick question, suppose I overclock my CPU and it gets messed, does it mess up any other parts? ) Need aftermarket cooling stuff right?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, perhaps on a future build.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Good looking case and a very respectable machine. BIG BANG FOR MY BUCKS! Usb 3.0 would be nice? This is my first build.
Parts I'm kind of favouring (but not definite on):
AMD CPUs (Bang for buck right? )
GTX 460 (But for the love of Pete which one!? ... They factory overclock these things?!)
Antec 300? (or something equally or better looking or with admirable features) ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 1080p Widescreen LCD
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM (around $100?)
Parts I have less of an idea about:
Motherboard (gimme tha overclock? )
Power Supply (I need more power? )
The big day is coming up and I've been going at this so hard for a week. Been through so many ideas and around and back again.