I'm looking to build a nice HTPC/Gaming rig I can set up in the media room that would be able to handle any game I throw at it, while at the same time being the main computer I would be using at home. I haven't picked out a sound card yet, as I am hitting my limit on budget for the month and figure I can make due with the onboard chipset for a month or two. Let me know what you think of the build, or any suggestions on better-priced or generally better spec'd components for the price.
Approximate Purchase Date: the next week or two
Budget Range: 2,000 - 2,500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media Center, Gaming, General Photo/Video Editing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Brand new build
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg all the way
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
Parts Preferences: Big fan of Intel/AMD, just from past experience.
SLI or Crossfire: Eventually
Your Monitor Resolution: I would be running this through a 60" LCD Flat-Scrreen along with a 1920x1050 27" monitor
Additional Comments: Definitely want it compact and quiet.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want to future-proof for a few years, at least.
Unless you have a full copy of a 64 bit photo editing program like Adobe CS5 [ or a 64 bit video editig program ] , you wont even ever be using 8 gig , and so far no game is going to use more than 4 gig .