Approximate Purchase Date: Early February, could wait for new release/price drops
Budget Range: $1000-1299
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming MMOs possibly Shooters, Movies/music playback, home office work
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg tigerdirect open to any suggestions
Country: SATX USA
Parts Preferences: Open to anything heard good stuff about the new intel sandybridge nvidia/amd
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: n/a
Additional Comments: This will be my first actual gaming pc before i just had bought name brand pcs and ya never really had a "gaming" pc. Will be my first build but have a friend that would help me build it so i can learn for the future. Dont really need bling just something good that does the job that will last. Will possibly have a hdtv next to my station to stream movies there.
NVidia GTX560Ti would be an ok video card as well could maybe save $20 or so if you prefer Nvidia cards.
Other than that pretty much everything essential is there. Machine with everything + OS + Display.
Should be able to play games nicely at 1920x1080 and high settings. Plus you should be able to plug in a 2nd video card for Crossfire/SLI whenever you feel like you need some extra juice.
The builds of your friends are good but:
First build : you need video card , dvd-rw , cpu cooler,OS, the price will be around 1250-1300$.
Second build : is ok , AMD are more budget builds.Put the OS another 100$. The i5 2500k is the best choice for a gaming build.
Now is your decision.