PARTS PREFERENCES: No major preference. Would normally go with AMD due to being able to upgrade CPU without new Mobo, but Bulldozer processors will require AM3+ Mobo so happy to go Intel.
OVERCLOCKING: A little overclocking, but not extreme.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not to begin with, but want to be able to later.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a good gaming build which will last me for the next 2-3 years with a possible RAM upgrade and second graphics card. Want to do some simple overclocking and would like it to be silent/very quiet when idle and fairly quiet at full load as the computer will be in the living room. I've never built a computer so I will purchase the parts from MSY (a cheap Australian store) and pay them $70 to assemble.
I am thinking the following parts but happy to make big changes if cheaper or better.
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro ($204)
Wanted a mobo that could SLI/crossfire well, USB 3 and Sata 3.
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 ($238)
Seems to be an efficient CPU which overclocks well.
GPU: Nvidia 1GB GTX460 Gigabyte ($264)
Seems to benchmark better than ATI Radeon 5770 ($175), Nvidia GTX465 ($264) and ATI 5850 is too expensive ($338).
RAM: 4G Kit ddr3 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws ($119)
CPU cooler: Coolermaster Universal Hyper 212+ ($39)
Seems to be a good cooler and not overly loud if replace fan with Antec TriCool 120mm ($15)
Case: Antec 300 ($65)
Seems cheap, quiet and good air flow.
PSU: Coolermaster GXPower 750 ($109)
Not sure how many watts I need. Is 750 enough for some mild overclocking and the option of SLI in the future?
Fans: 3xAntec Tricool 120mm (3x$15=$45)
Optical: DVD/RW (already own) and will add BluRay later.
OS: Already have Windows 7.
Hardrives: Have a 1.5TB Seagate (7200rpm) and 750GB Western Digital (7200rpm). Is it worth getting a fast hard drive for windows/program files? I can't afford SSD at the moment but would like to upgrade when prices drop a little. Will likely have 3 hard drives.
Total price (with $70 assembly charge and without hard drive): $1173