PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like an i5 and nVIDIA GPU. Also, a tower with good airflow.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: don't know
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build and I've been looking at a lot of the parts on newegg and researching other stuff online. The things I find difficult are checking compatibility and finding a good motherboard and RAM. I plan on using a 500GB HD to keep costs down and will buy a 1TB in the future if needed.
As for the hard drive, bare means that it's not going to come in a pretty box like you'd find at a Best Buy or Microcenter. You'll just get the hard drive. You just have to slide it into the hard drive bay of the case and screw it in/lock it in depending on the locking mechanism of the case.
Sp12 - The first link you sent me said that newegg couldn't find what I was looking for. The GPU analysis thing was pretty sweet. From what I've read, the 460 should be good enough to have SC2 on ultra settings and from that analysis, it has a considerably lower temperature so I might stick with that. If I can spare the $50 at the end I might upgrade to the 470.
KageRYU - The 23" monitor you selected comes out to the same price as the 23.6" one I picked (rebates and savings). I was just wondering how yours is slightly better. The mobo you picked is def better than mine so I'll def go with that unless someone comes with something better. I keep seeing that case on newegg so I might just go with it. Any combos that I should keep an eye on?
The monitor I suggested has a 2 ms response, hence better for gaming. 5 ms is the norm but again, 2 ms is only slightly better for the same price. There aren't too many reviews online for the Asus VH236H.
Okay thanks guys for the feedback! Quick question - since I'm buying a bare drive, are there any components that I will need to install it or connect it? And I'm still really undecided on the tower and mobo! Ahhhh this is so frustrating