Budget Range: roughly 800 after rebates, probably have 200-300 wiggle room is there is good value in spending it. I would prefer to stick close to 800 though.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: little bit of everything, looking for some longevity out of the system as i'm just now upgrading my old P4....
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, wireless internet card, speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: no brand preference
Overclocking: probably in the future.
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: no monitor chosen yet, probably looking around 1280x1024 as a maximum for now.
Additional Comments: Any help that you can offer would be greatly appreciated. The main problem i seem to be running into is i have zero knowledge of computer part brands, so it's hard to check out prices not knowing what's a worthlessly cheap product, and what is just priced well. Feel free to throw any general insight you think i could use at me as well.
So far the only thing i've settled on for sure is the CPU. Microcenter has the:
Monitor wise i'm probably looking more around the 21". Anything is going to look like a huge improvement over my 7 year old monitor so i'm thinking i would rather save the money for the computer components. Depending on what price i come up with for the whole build i can think about upgrading the monitor then.
Is the 64bit OS probably the way to go? (win 7) I admittedly have little to no experience with any operating system past XP.
Is there a video card sitting in between the 5850 and the 6950 price wise that a worthwhile upgrade over the 5850? It seems like i would be skimping a little to go with the 5850 but overspending for the 6950, or it's just my inexperience speaking..
I might be exposing the age of my computer knowledge, but don't i need a sound card as well?
The 800 isn't really a sticking point, just where i was aiming. I'm alright with spending a little more to make the build worthwhile. Besides that it seems pretty straightforward. I'll keep an eye out for interesting deals on Newegg/Microcenter for a week or two and make my purchases. I appreciate the help, and any other suggestions you might have.