First time poster -- I have some experience putting these machines together, but it has been quite awhile and the tech seems to change very quickly.
Looking to put together a good MMO gaming rig, not too expensive. After much reading, here's what I'm generally looking at:
Rosewill Future Gaming Case
Intel Core i5-2500k
nVidia GeForce GTX 570
a Gigabyte or MSI Motherboard with 6GB/s and USB 3.0 support
8 GB DDR3 RAM
120GB OCZ Solid State Drive
1 TB 7200RPM 6GB/s Internal Hard Drive
DVD-RW with LightScribe Support
900W 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
Windows 7 Home Premium
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Ventrilo, Net & Mail, some Office.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Familiar with New Egg, but looking all over the place.
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Nvidia video card, Intel processor
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 Samsung 245
Additional Comments: Building it around Star Trek Online/Later MMOs, room to expand if something else catches my fancy. Liking the Nvidia 970. Trying to make it last for three or four years. Does NOT need to glow with eerie neon light.