Last night I decided it was about time to resume my summer project of building a new computer. This will be the first computer I've built, so I am in need of some help deciding what I need to stick in the box.
Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably by the end of the year.
Budget Range: I want to stay under $2000 (including tax), but if there is something I absolutely need, I could stand spending a bit more.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will be using it for gaming and video effects/editing (using various tools from Abobe CS5).
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers (headphones), OS (but if you have a suggestions for any one of these, please let me know!).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've never purchased hardware online before, but I will probably use newegg.
Parts Preferences: All the computers I've had (or the last few, at least) used Intel and nVidia, so I'm partial to them. Also, brandname.
Overclocking: I will OC a little (no more than 4GHz).
SLI or Crossfire: Initially no, but I want to keep the possibility of SLI open.
Monitor Resolution: At least 1680x1050, but preferably bigger.
Additional Comments: I would like an SSD boot drive (100Gb minimum), and I need a monitor (preferably around 24").
I had several parts picked out when I first began this project months ago. I don't know if anything better has come out since, but here they are:
Thank you! This looks good to me. I have one question: I remember somebody recommending the ASUS ML239H over the VW246H (something about better colors, I believe). Can anyone elaborate on the differences?