Budget Range: approximately $1000 (give or take $50) after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: home office, moderate gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, mid-level photo editing, entry-level video editing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, operating system
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, TigerDirect.com
Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Philadelphia)
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (I will purchase locally)
Additional Comments: I need a cool-running PC. Philly is very humid in the summers, plus I do not control my own heat in my apartment. A quiet PC would also be quite nice.
This is my first build and I'm very excited about it. I was about to purchase a pre-built Dell but then came across many threads in these forums that had excellent encouragement. After about 5 days of reading and research, I think I know the correct parts for my budget. But it never hurts to consult the experts, plus you folks are the reason I decided to do this in the first place.
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(note: prices are current as of March 9, 2011)
Any and all advice, suggestions, criticisms, etc. would be greatly appreciated. This site has been phenomenal, and before I fire up the 'ol credit card I'd like to ensure that my choices are correct. Will everything work together? Do I need the higher-priced MOBO and GPU?