This will be my first custom built desktop computer, I used to play games like Cyberstrike 2, Tribes, Mech Warrior, Counter Strike and Quake. I also have spent almost 10 years on and off again of playing a MMORPG called Asheron's Call.
I didn't want to do anything over the top so I gave myself a budget of around $1,000. The total with shipping was $1,125 from NewEgg
Hoping this will allow me to play some of the newer games (Crysis, Bioshock, Assassins Creed etc) but also I am a huge fan of the older FPS/Team games like I mentioned before... so I will probably do alot of throwback gaming with some of the old titles.
I will also use this to play music and movies through my 5.1 surround sound system hooked attached to my plasma TV.
Currently I hook my laptop up via HDMI to the TV to play movies, but I have recently bought a computer desk and sitting less than 2 feet away from a 50" TV it doesn't seem like it is going to work.... so I am deciding between a nice 27" 1080p monitor or to spend a bit more and get a 2560x1440, any thoughts on this? *Update 3/13/13 * I decided to go with the Asus VG248QE 144Hz monitor instead of using my plasma. From the reviews it sounds like I will not be disappointed.
I decided against a SSD because fast boot times and application launches are not really that important to me. I also did not get the 7970 GHz edition because I couldn't justify the minimal speed gain for an additional $50.
The parts should all be arriving by mid week and I will start assembling and get some pictures.
Thanks for reading and any constructive criticism.
So all the parts finally came... got everything hooked up and not only is the power supply bad, but so the the MOBO and HD... what a nightmare! Very frustrated!!