BUDGET RANGE: I guess I'd not want to spend more than 1000 dollars.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games mostly, I also dabble in 3d renders so I welcome more cores.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg mostly because I'll be making a wishlist and passing it on to others who might buy me some of it : )
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've always gone with AMD cpus and Nvidia video cards and would like to continue unless it turns out cheaper to switch.
OVERCLOCKING: Not too interested in it.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I figure I'll go with one gtx460 now then later down the line can pick up a second.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 with my trusty CRT.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have built computers before but it's been about 6 years since my last build so I'm pretty clueless on whats hot whats not these days. I've been reading a lot of articles on here and have picked out a cpu/mobo/vid card that sound nice but am not opposed to change. I'm lost on ram, hard drive, dvd, and case.
Yeah I kind of questioned myself on the title after hitting submit. I guess I just want to be good for the next couple of years when games like Rage, and Battlefield 3 come out.
Today, any good dual core @3.0 or better can drive a graphics card sufficiently well to play most games.
A GTX460 is good enough to play most games well at 1600 x 1200.
Unless you have the funds to buy one, do not try a LCD monitor.
Some time back I had a IBM 21" super monitor. I bought a companion extra lcd monitor, and the difference was so apparent that I could no longer use the crt.
I had to dump it in favor of a second LCD.
That is where your "future proofing " is.
a 460 will spank anything at 1600x1200. If I didn't have a Crossfire board, id have sold my 5750 and bought a 460
I have that cpu, I like it. I dont OC, runs nice and cool compared to the BE.
Memory wise, anything goes. I like Corsair and Mushkin. G skill seems popular. 4 gigs is pretty standard. Buy in multiples of 2 sticks so you can use the dual channels.
On the cases, Pick your price range, and then look at the best rated
Get a psu at least bronze certified. I have no idea what the requirements are for sli.
dvd drives, best rated on newegg
HDD, however much space you want. Some like SSD's. They are cool, but the extra 5 to 10 seconds shaved off boot time isnt worth it to me.