Approximate Purchase Date: Variable. This week if it's a good time to buy, otherwise I might wait if doing so would be beneficial. My harddrive on my 4-year old vista PC is dying, so I've already bought the HDD (for $100).
Budget Range: $500 or less (including purchasing Windows 7 Home Premium).
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HDTV Recording and play back, Photo editing, Gaming (mostly strategy games like Anno 1404), Programming, Office, internet.
6) External USB DVD/RW Drive. Could I use this instead of buying an internal one? i.e. can the BIOS/UEFI (and/or OS) boot to the drive? I'm planning on giving away my old PC (putting the original PSU and GPU back in it) so I won't have the internal drive to reuse. I believe this is the one I have: Sony DRX-820UL/T)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site
1) INTEL CPU
2) UEFI Motherboard to make 3TB+ drives easy to use in the future, unless this is expensive to have now
3) Prefer case large enough for easy upgrades (i.e. 2nd harddrive, 2nd tv tuner card, etc).
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (main), 1920x1080 (occasionally use TV)
Additional Comments: This is the first whole computer I would be putting together, so nothing too complicated. I try to stretch getting a new PC every 4-5 years.