Approximate Purchase Date:
If all the parts I have listed work, then I will purchase them by tomorrow or Sunday (10/30-10/31). If not, I'm willing to purchase when deals arise. I'm mostly concerned with purchasing too hastily, right before Black Friday deals.
=<$500-550 after rebates and taxes
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1. Gaming (Fallout New Vegas, Fable III, a couple free MMORPGs like Shaiya or Kitsu Saga)
2. Web/graphic design (Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator simultaneously)
3. Web browsing
4. Watching movies
5. General college schoolwork (text documents or computer programming-related related assignments)
Parts Not Required:
Keyboard, mouse, monitor (Dell 17", but if there's a good deal for a 20+" I'm willing to acquire it), speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Amazon.com (most preferred because of free shipping and no tax in California) edit: TigerDirect.com
Microcenter.com (nearest store ~41 miles)
Frys.com (nearest store ~21 miles)
Country of Origin:
I don't have many preferences; I'm willing to try out any brand that's reputable and reliable and/or with a good warranty.
SLI or Crossfire:
1440x900, but as I've mentioned, if there's a good deal on a 20+" monitor, send those deals my way.
I'd like a case with a side panel window that's relatively quiet. Thinking about going with an AMD Processor because MicroCenter has a promotion for them at the moment that comes bundled with a motherboard. Do I need a Phenom II X4 or am I good with a Phenom II X2?
You won't find a good 1TB HDD for around $50 but a good and cheap one is the Spinpoint F3 1TB, which is also highly recommended. Microcenter has it for $59.99 + tax, tigerdirect $64.99, newegg $69.99.
Just grab the cheapest dvd burner tigerdirect has to offer with free shipping if applicable (I'm not sure how tigerdirect runs but newegg usually has a lot of free shipping). Better than having to pay tax on it.
Dont see any great deals on monitors right now but there are a couple 23" ones for $160.