APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP. My current computer is driving me insane.
BUDGET RANGE: Around $1000 for everything (before/after rebates).
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (SCII, Just Cause 2, GTA IV, NFS: Shift), watching movies, multitasking.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything including monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS. No speakers needed.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Microcenter (Kinda far for me though). I never shopped on ZipZoomFly or NCIX but if you can find good prices for parts I need, please use them.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: New York City
PARTS PREFERENCES: For my budget, I think AMD would be better. It would be a real challenge to fit an i5 750 and a GTX 460 1 GB. If anyone did, that would be awesome. @_@
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 OR 1920 x 1200.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It would be nice to have a case with a window so that I can see the parts inside.
Does anyone have the ASUS VH236HL-P Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/ height & swivel adjustment 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers? I am interested in this monitor, so I'd like to hear people's opinions.
They typically use the cheapest electrical components possible. From their caps to the traces, it's not as high-end as most other manufacturers. There's good reason they're typically in the sub 70$ range.
I'm unimpressed with that link as all that's showing is an X2 that successfully unlocked/OCed. That only proves that that specific X2 was excellent.
If you can swing it for an Asrock extreme3 (Asrock's not well-known, but they're a spin off of Asus and use the same components) or so for 85$ IMO that'd be preferable.
Edit: above: Not really. Some brands are dedicated to only producing quality parts (GA) and charging a premium for it, others are known for making enthusiast parts exclusively (ASUS). Very rarely will one of the major mobo makers actually produce a board of poor build quality.