Over the next few weeks I plan on building a gaming PC, I'm looking for some suggestions on parts/components. Here is some information to help decide what kind of power I'm looking for. Looking to spend around $1,000, but can spend a little more.
I want to be able to run WoW on ultra during 25 man raids, planning on switching to Starwars: TOR so being able to run that at max would be nice, picking up Diablo 3 when it comes out. Looking to be able to hook the PC up to my 32 inch flat screen LCD TV, prefer HDMI connection. CD-ROM drive isn't overly important, internal Blue-Ray burner. Would like to run with two video cards.
Would like a clear case with plenty of ventilation/fans.
please bear with me for being vague here as the individual parts are up to you to decide on depending on how things work out with your budget.
-i7, 920. or whatever model has best value in i7 range.
-mb, your choice. i like triple channel.
-4gb min ram, 6+ recommended. remember to get correct # of sticks.
-60gb+ ssd for boot sector, 7200 hd for storage. i like ocz ssds, wd black hd.
-your choice of vid card. i prefer one step down from the best out there.
-psu, do a calc. probably 700-800 range is sufficient.
i'd suggest against a clear case. its not worth risking $1000 in equipment against the threat of static discharge just because you think it looks pretty. the cases are made out of metal for a reason. static charge will accumulate on the case and not your parts if its metal.
i have my pc hooked up to my hdtv (through a receiver) from my dvi port. a dvi to hdmi cable came with my evga video card. most newer cards should support sound out via dvi nowdays.
Do you plan on overclocking? If so, get the i5-2500k (around $220), if not, get the i5-2400 ($180ish?)
Stick with a gigabyte or asrock mobo (z68 chipset, can get a great one for $125-140)
Gskill ripjaws 1600mhz for your ram ($45)
60gb ssd (like the one listed under that link by antizig) ($80)
Reuse and old hdd if you have one, or pick up a 500gb or smaller for around $80
Get a 650-700w psu by one of the more known brands (antec, corsair, etc) this will be around $90-110 depending on what you pick
(about $600 so far)
With your budget it isnt very viable to run 2 cards, and it also isn't too recommended anymore unless you are using top of the line cards ($500 a piece)
I would look at cards in the 2-300 range, such as the 560ti or the radeon 6950
With the rest pick out a case you like and get a cd/dvd rom if you need one