Budget Range: 700 After Rebates, Then add a GPU later.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching HD movies, Recording OTA, (After GPU Starcraft 2, Portal 2, Oblivion)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Optical Drive, Hauppauge WINTV-HVR-2250, Current GPU will be Winfast 128mb PX6600 GT TDH. Then I'll upgrade.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / Tigerdirect
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Slight preference for Intel, Full case
Overclocking: Maybe - Not at first.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - For an upgrade path
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 then 1920x1200
Additional Comments: A case with few LEDs. (I don't need it to be a night light.)
Here's the plan - My kids' computer was fried, I need a computer for myself so I can rotate this one down to them. I tend to keep computers for twice as long as most people so I like to have a good upgrade path. Here is the I have $700 now to buy a good base. I'll start with a decent Quad Core with my own my own Winfast 128mb PX6600 GT TDH. Then I'll get a new GPU that matches the computer then I'll get another GPU then perhaps an SSD.
As for cases, I have two Cooler Masters and an Antec 900. The Antec boxes just don't lend themselves well to cable management. This Rosewill CHALLENGER for $60 is a bit cheaper, has more fans and a bracket for an SSD. You might want to consider stepping up to a Lian Li - I helped a friend build out this one: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B
Another alternative might be this COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2