I'm looking to build a PC within the next couple of months and might just bite the bullet today if I feel like it. But being new to this whole way of things has left me fairly confused on what'll work and what I might be missing. So here goes:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 months, probably this week.
Budget Range: No more than <$800.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet activities, CPU intensive tasks until school ends in May
Parts Not Required: Only need the case and everything inside, have all the peripherals.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com amazon.com (Willing to look towards other sites for lower prices)
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: No real preference. Just always heard AMD/ATI offered more bang for the buck.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900
Additional Comments: None
I'm also pretty new to this forum but I might suggest you have an SSD hard drive as well as the mechanical hard drive, that way you can have an extremely fast draw from the SSD for gaming and such. Just my thoughts.
Good choices. You should be able to go crossfire with a second 6870 if you upgrade to a 1080p monitor eventually.
Just a comment on the hard disk: for only $5 more you could get a 1TB Spinpoint F3.
Xomoc, with current prices I don't think a SSD is a good idea for a sub $1000 build. You'd have to make to much compromises.
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the replies. Got everything picked out, now it's just a matter of waiting until I get all settled in at my new apartment and job before making the purchase. Unfortunately something came up so I couldn't place the order last night and it might now be back to the original plan of in a couple months. So you'll most likely see me around here again with an updated parts list if it does take that long...