System Usage: Gaming, GC/Wii Emulation (Dolphin), Photoshop and other programs, and everything else (of course the first two will be the hardest to do) I also do some of everything so I want a system able to do pretty much anything.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (and others, see below)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: No (most likely not)
SLI or Crossfire: No (most likely not)
Monitor Resolution: Will be using another monitor for a while until I eventually get a 1920x1080 (or 1200?) monitor.
Additional Comments: I would certainly like a quiet PC. Noise is something that would probably annoy me. I don't like things being hot and power hungry either.
GPU: No idea whether to choose Nvidia or AMD. I hear (seen actually) 68xx cards have texture shimmering which I would most likely OCD about. I also don't know who has better drivers in general and all that. I do like lifetime warranties.
HDD: I already own a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB. It cost me $55. (Black Friday)
ODD: Whatever DVD drive is good at burning and reading. It doesn't have to be the cheapest as the difference can't be much between them.
OS: I already own Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium OEM System Builder. It cost me $85.
Case: Whatever is good. If I have front-end USB 3, of course I'd like to have the case match that.
Mobo: I really don't know if I should go with H67 or P67. I know what both of them do, but I'm still not sure. I do like that I could run 1600 DDR3 with the P67, but I want to know why the i5 2500 still says only up to 1333 DDR3 is supported even though the P67 can go above that. Does running a higher memory multiplier do anything at all? Is it akin to changing CPU multiplier and makes anything work harder? I also would like USB 3. I know front-end USB 3 is becoming much more common so it would be nice, if possible, to get that as long as it doesn't cost a fortune.
RAM: I was thinking some 1600 DDR3 with CAS 7. I also hear about new RAM coming out specifically for Sandy Bridge CPUs, but I don't know when or how much better that is.
PSU: Something really trustworthy and safe. Having headroom to add in another HDD or something would be nice. I probably won't SLI/Crossfire so I don't think that's a concern. I'm not a fan of multi-GPU.
From the HDD and OS, $140 of my budget have already been spent. The remaining budget is $660.
I plan on using this build for quite a few years so having it last is very important to me. I also like good warranties. I'll mention, I could up my budget more to get a better GPU (as long as it isn't a GTX 580! haha) and I'm seriously considering doing so. I just don't want to spend money on something that won't make much of a difference and then in two years have choices that are so much more powerful anyway that the saved money could've already bought me another, better GPU. That said, I doubt I'll be upgrading anything in the future if I can help it (as long as upgrading isn't really smart for some reason). I'm really not sure what to do.
I've never built a computer before and I've never had a gaming computer. I, therefore, do not have any experience with deciding what kind of GPU is really needed or any of that.