System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly Skyrim, but heavily modded. also Civ 5, but i figure if i can run skyrim well civ 5 will be a piece of cake), Web Design, Dual-Booting Ubuntu, programming, some movies
Parts Not Required: none...
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none... but i am new to this so advice on reliable sellers would be appreciated
Country: Oregon, USA
Parts Preferences: Monitor: i don't need a big one, maybe 24'' max, i would rather have 1920*1080 on smallest(cheapest?) possible
Hard drive: i don't need SSD or anything bigger than 500 gb, really
I am not picky on brands but reliability is important
Overclocking: Maybe. again, im new to this and am wary about overclocking it myself
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: prefer quiet and energy efficient if possible
Here are some things i have looked at so far. I am not holding out on any of these, i just tried to get started to see where i would be.
Before August is still to long away to say prices change weekly deals and specials happen so i recommend you ask for help a few days max before your ready to buy reliable sellers to buy from are newegg tigerdirect amazon all the parts your looking at so far are good.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2P Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($50.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.05 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.15 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2243FWK 21.5" Monitor ($136.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
The only think i haven't looked as is the power supply, and i have no idea what to look for in terms of Wattage. Is their a rule to finding out which one to get or with my current configuration could i just use the one you suggested?