So plans were to build a 2000 - 2500 dollar PC, get everything I could into there ... but then it hit me, this will be my first PC build and to be honest I probably don't need a lot of the stuff that would have been going into it. So I've decided to make something that is still capable of playing most games, yet will be used for more of a multipurpose/general use PC. Looking at around $1500.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 Motherboard Rev2.1
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
Graphics: ASUS Radeon HD6850 DirectCU
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 7200RPM + Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB WD3000HLFS
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W
Case:CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K2/8G 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
1. No games will use 6 cores, so you can drop down to a 4 core CPU.
2. Current 7200RPM hard drives have transfer rates that are pretty close to the VelociRaptor. That's due to data density on high capacity hard drives. I generally prefer Western Digital "Black" drives which are their performance series.
3. A 850w PSU is way overkill. If you are referring to the $200 SILVERSTONE Strider Gold ST85F-G 850W, then that's a lot of money. If you really want an "80+ Gold" PSU, then I recommend the following Seasonic PSUs (my preferred premium brand) for $121:
4. If you do not have any plans to CrossFire two Radeon HD cards, then you might as well save a few bucks and buy a non CrossFire compatible mobo. If you want to stick with Gigabyte, then maybe the following mobo for $80 (after rebate):