Budget Range : $800 (after tax) can splurge a lil bit more
Purchase date : ASAP, pronto!!
parts i don't need: windows, monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers.
preferred parts: Antec P180 White Case
overclocking: most likely!
sli and crossfire: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: Would like to play games max at 1920x1080 (Diablo3, HON, Guildwars 2)
Computer usage from most important to least: Gaming, Web browsing, movies, music.
Preferred site for purchases :: NCIX.CA and Tigerdirect
Here is what i have so far. Im firm on the case! What do yall think? thanks and appreciate the feed back and suggestions!
Case ($105) : Antec Mini P180 mATX Tower Case White
SSD ($80) : Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD SATA3
GPU ($120): Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ
CPU ($230): i5-3570K
MOBO ($80): Gigabyte B75M-D3H mATX
PSU ($35): Antec Neo Eco 450C Power Supply ATX 12V Active PFC 80PLUS
RAM ($46): Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 8GB
COOLER ($30): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4
DVD ($18): Liteon IHAS124 24X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM
Looks good to me, that cooler, case and SSD are going to be great for quietness too. To help it be even quieter, I'd be tempted to go for a different graphics card and maybe PSU. The HD 6850 is great but Gigabyte aren't exactly known for making quiet models. ASUS and MSI usually do though. As for the PSU, personally I'd grab a Seasonic. 430W if you don't want to overclock, 520W if you do.
You're a little heavily weighted toward the CPU. For gaming at 1920x1080, I think you should get a stronger graphics card, either a GTX560Ti or HD7850; get a weaker non-K CPU if necessary. If you want to overclock a "K" series CPU, you'll want Z77 or Z68, not Z75. A board like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would do well for you.
The Xigmatek Gaia is another 120mm direct-touch tower style cooler which is currently a few dollars cheaper (at least on Newegg) than the Crappermaster, and has the additional advantage of not supporting a dishonest company.
You'll need to add a magnetic HDD. If it is the only drive in your system, you'll burn through a 120GB (111GB formatted) SSD in no time.
He's only playing 3 games really and they're not all that graphically intensive, it looks fine to me. The recommended card for HoN and Diablo 3 is something like a HD 6670. That would probably be fine for GW2 as well although it's a bit newer so the HD 6770 would be recommended. The HD 6850 looks like a good choice. Although as mentioned, I doubt the Gigabyte one will be quiet so I'd grab an ASUS HD 6850/7770 personally.
I agree that the three listed games will probably play very well on a HD6850 (GW2 may want more for high/max), but I suspect that other, more demanding games that will come out within the next couple of years won't. On a tight budget, I'd even suggest a HD7750, but at "$800 + splurge" I figured the best use of that money was a stronger graphics card.
The HIS "IceQ" coolers are quiet and effective; their regular coolers are noisy. I've got three different XFX cards right now, and they're all quiet, and very well made (e.g. metal rather than plastic shrouds).
As fantastic as their mobos are, I had to RMA 2/4 ASUS cards I bought; I prefer XFX, HIS, and Sapphire for AMD cards, and MSI or EVGA for nVidia.
Crappermaster may perform just a little better, but other reviews of some of their other products indicate willful dishonesty; consumer fraud. Though it is another line of products (PSUs), it is the same company.
In any case, my 970BE is OC'ed to 4GHz under a Gaia, and it idles at 32C-34C (less in winter), and only gets into the low-mid 50s under load.
Edit: Uh, Scrwy, did you mean that for this thread? His budget is $800, not $2K.