Budget Range: Absolute maximum is $1100 AFTER MIRs, preferrably less. Under $1000 (even just $999) earns me points with my wife/Senior VP of Finance.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Shooters, and EVE Online), Productivity, Dual O/S (Windows 7, UBUNTU)
Parts Not Required: Donating my previous computer to a local non-profit, so I'll need everything including O/S.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not familiar with all the options, but I'm comfortable with newegg.com.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I think I might need to stick with Intel simply due to Windows/Linux dual-boot.
Overclocking: Maybe, but unlikely.
SLI or Crossfire: Sorry, but I have no idea what these are. I'll Google them while I wait on a response
Monitor Resolution: Best for the $$
Additional Comments: ATX Mid Tower preferred. Intel preferred. I'd like the option to go with dual monitors eventually, but not immediately in this build. I'm willing to attempt to convince my wife to send a batch of cookies for the best response. I'm hoping to place my order before 10/31/2010.
Okay, so a couple things change from my original post:
a) Turns out the nonprofit doesn't need/want my old computer. Go figure. This means I'll be utilizing my exisiting monitor, keyboard, mouse. Sweet.
b) I did some more research and tried my hand at putting together a build (with the help of the posts above as well as some other threads in this forum).
So here's my attempt. Please pick it apart! Thanks, this is a fantastic community.
Looks very nice. If you probably aren't going to overclock you can skip the Arctic Silver as the Hyper+ comes with some which should be fine in either case actually. You won't need the SATA cable either. To answer your original question, in case you didn't find the answer yet, Crossfire refers to running two AMD GPUs together and SLI refers to the Nvidia equivalent.
Just a quick update that I purchased the build I selected, received it, and built it today. It's running flawlessly so far. Thanks again for all the help!
A couple quick items if someone decides to attempt this build:
You'll need to press a little harder than you think you should to install the memory onto the Motherboard.
You'll want to install the CPU and CoolerMaster Heatsink BEFORE putting the MoBo into the Case.
Wire ties are your friends with this power supply.
The rear fan doesn't reach any of the motherboard connectors, so just connect directly to the power supply using the supplied adapter.
If you wonder whether to plug two power cables from the power supply into this video card, the answer is yes. The hardcopy documentation with this video card is sparse at best. Maybe this one was a nobrainer for experienced builders, but I was a little concerned when powering up the first time.
That's it. Fantastic computer so far, and this site was a real help prior to making my decision. Thanks, everyone.