I've been lurking here for a couple weeks, getting lots of info and what not.
This is my first computer build. I will be using it for Diablo 3 when it comes out...though by that time, it'll be obsolete
I might play some other games on it as well, but nothing beyond what Starcraft 2 requires (for now). I'll also be doing some photo editing and the usual web surfing. I'll be purchasing this within the week.
My budget is less than $600. I have a monitor (el-cheapo LCD), keyboard, mouse.
I'm not interested in overclocking or anything like that. Heck, if I am able to get this thing running, I'll be thrilled! I'm upgrading from an Athlon 64 3000+ 1.8 Ghz processor and who knows what else is inside this HP piece-o-poo.
I live in the U.S.A.
Here it is, all from NewEgg. Please keep in mind that I was attempting to get the most from Combo Deals while still getting what I felt was the most "bang for my buck". Feel free to tell me what you'd do differently, and why.
I intend to install Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit. I also intend to mount one more fan on the case.
Some of my thoughts/reasoning as to why I chose what I did:
1) Money: Tried to get the most bang for my buck by taking advantage of the combo deals and/or rebates and/or promotions.
2) I liked the looks of the case, and it seemed sturdier than others.
3) Hard Drive: $60 for a 1GB drive? Couldn't pass it up.
4) PSU: Figured 600 W would be more than enough, based on what I read around here.
5) Motherboard: I like Asus, I like the integrated video feature.
6) Video Card: Was going to get the HD 4850, based on what I read on this site, but found the above for about the same price. Figured it was a bit more oomph?
I think you should consider the nvidia cards. Although they don't perform great in all games, nvidia has many cool features like Cuda and PureHd. These are great for media junkies who encode video and watch hd movies.