Hello all short time lurker first time poster. I'm looking to build a new desktop specifics are below if you've got further questions ask away.
Approximate Purchase Date: 3 weeks to a month from now.
Budget Range: Looking to spend between $600 to $700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: #1) Gaming (WoW, SC2, Borderlands, CoD), #2) Movies, #3) Music
Parts Not Required: OS (Will be Windows7 64bit), speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse, case**
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: either newegg.com or tigerdirect.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Most of my research has been on AMD, but no real preference past Quad-core processor.
Overclocking: Yes but nothing extreme looking for .3 or .4 ghz over stock to start.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe as an upgrade later on but not as part of the build.
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, 1920x1080 Monitor will be upgraded in December until then I'll be using a 17 in =[
Additional Comments: **No need to include case in the budget. I'm looking for a full tower case with good ventilation. I'm willing to spend a little more for something that will last over multiple builds. Right now I'm looking at Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case if you think there is a full tower case offering more bang for my buck feel free to include link.
If you want to recommend a water cooling system that would be good as well. (Once again outside budget) If it would be exceptional overkill for a system with minimal overclocking you can disregard this request.
Get a case that pleases you, since you will be looking at it for years to come. Don't worry about the cooling - larger cases come with more and bigger fans. A full tower is easier to work with - no worries that parts will fit, and plenty of room to work inside. Both the HAF 932 and Antec 1200 are good choices.
One suggestion: do you have Frys or MicroCenter near you? Go take a look and make a physical comparison. Also, if you buy from a brick and morter you may not pay the sometimes high shipping charges. Frys has the HAF 932 on sale at the moment.
Here are some recommendations for the parts to go inside this new machine you are building.
Now, liquid cooling looks great, and is lots of fun to design and install. It is expensive - $200 to $450 and the amount of extra cooling that you obtain is not really all that much. May I suggest that you get the air cooler to get your build working, and plan the liquid cooling system as an upgrade.