Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of January (Most likely)
Budget Range: $500 - $600 (same with rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: email, web surfing, watching movies, gaming, digital art (2D / basic 3D modeling)
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Hard Drive (Western Digital 320gb SATA Drive), Disk Drive (Old Compaq Presario disk drive), OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com / Amazon.com?
Parts Preferences: N/A
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900, maybe upgrading to 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Quiet, stable, fast. Honestly, I already have I list of parts, I just need to know if they're compatible. Any additional thoughts or comments are encouraged. I'm also wondering if this build will be able to run most games I want to play on high graphics well. Stuff like Skyrim, Starcraft 2, and WoW. There's more, but those are some of the games that represent what I'm going to be playing. I'm not planning on doing any intensive video editing / rendering.
Thanks for the reply! Alright, how can it be better? Thanks for the link. If possible I'm trying to actually stay away from $600. I know I said $500 - $600, but really the closer to $500 it is, the better.
Okay. Hmm. Alright. So basically..
Intel i5 quad core > AMD Phenom II quad core - Since its more expensive is it worth it?
Micro ATX with same features as ATX = ATX - Going with mATX is cheaper with the same gain?
8 gigs of RAM > 4gigs of RAM - Worth the extra?
How much better are the video cards that you suggested than the one I had chosen?
If I go with an mATX motherboard, will the case and power supply be cheaper than if I were to get a ATX?
How can I edit my built to get better results for the same amount of money I was going to spend on it in the first place? If it is going to cost more than it originally did, will it really be worth it to spend anywhere from $20-$70 more?
Oh, and as far as prices go, what it normally better? Newegg? or Amazon? Or is it worth it to go buy all the parts at random places for cheaper?