I am in the process of starting to research parts for building a new PC. This machine will be used mostly for gaming but also as a HTPC. I have not really set a budget for this machine but ideally I would like to come in under $2000, but I am willing to spend a little more if needed. I live in Canada and will be purchasing the parts here.
As far as brands, I would like to stay with Intel as opposed to AMD. I am also a fan of Asus as I have used their products in the past and have always been happy with them. For graphics I tend to prefer nVidia.
Aside from the keyboard and mouse, and maybe a display or two, this will be an entirely new system. I will not be using any components from any of my previous machines.
I may want to play around with overclocking but that is not a high priority at all. What is more important to me is to get quality components that are going to perform well, and for some time.
As this machine is going to be used partially as a HTPC I need it to support a minimum resolution of 1080p (I know 4K is starting to show it's head but I think by the time it becomes more mainstream I would be wanting to build a new machine for that anyway).
This machine is something I plan to build when my wife and I move into our new home in May of this. I will have a room that my wife is allowing me to turn into my "Man Cave" (I know pricing is likely to change somewhat but I need to start figuring out my budget somewhat).
As for software, I am not too concerned about that, other than an OS. I am leaning towards a 64-bit version of Win 7... maybe Win 8 if someone can convince me why I want that over 7.
Here is a build I've been tossing around so far...