**note: want the best value possible (dollar/performance ratio); not the closest number to my max... unless that is, in fact, the best value... without really skipping; i.e. buying a generic non-80 plus certified power supply.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible
Budget Range: anywhere from $800-$1000.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Games, Apps for School, day-to-day browsing.
Are you buying a monitor: not included in price
Do you need to buy OS: Not included in price
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com is fine, unless there is a better deal elsewhere.
Location: O-H-I-O, USA
Parts Preferences: Not versed in computers enough to have a preference.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Really want a 1080p resolution, unless someone would advise against it.
Additional Comments: Starting college in a month and a half and its basically mandatory to get my own PC. I am nervous about building a computer and have been weighing all of the alternatives for about a week; i really don't want to regret any of my choices later. Any advise/criticism/recommendations are very welcome, i need all the help i can get.
Thanks in advance for any and all of the replies, it will make me really happy for sure.
You can play around with this build a bit. For instance, if you want an SSD, you can cut your HDD to a 500gb and get a cheaper case. Same thing if you want to upgrade the GPU to an HD 7870, just cut the Hard Drive in half.
iron: that 430W, with 28 amps on the 12v rail, runs a 7850 just fine. My 6850 runs on it with a 95w cpu. the 7850 uses less wattage than the 6850, and then its a 77w CPU. there is room to spare on the corsair 430W. the 500W recommendation is because of crappy PSUs like Logisys and Diablotek