Case: Silverstone FT02B-W (if you can't afford the Silverstone, which is the best all-round case on the market, Raven RV02B-W is close (budget/gaming line from Silverstone))
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M850
CPU: Intel i7-2600 (if you can get a good price on one. don't get the 2600K unless you must OC. the Intel i5-2400 is almost as good as the i7-2600 and will save you ~$100)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 (or any P67A variant of the socket 1155)
Memory: 8GB or 16GB of Mushkin Redline DDR3 PC3 16000 (try to get 1.5V memory, or underclock your 1.65V memory to be safe). OCZ if you can't afford Mushkin.
- Keep in mind current 1155 mobos only have 4 DIMMs. You cannot put 6 DIMMs into the mobo, so you will probably look for 4x2GB or 4x4GB.
HDD: WD Caviar Black HDD (WD7502AAEX). Don't get a really high capacity HDD for your primary partition. Just get more HDDs. Avoid storing your media on your primary partition.
Video Card (Two options):
x2 EVGA GeForce GTX 560
x2 Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD6950
- I prefer the GeForces. Some games perform better on the 560, others will perform better on the 6950. The ATIs will be more expensive.
Sound Card: No. Get an external DAC (unless you need 5.1), and use your USB or mobo SPDIF-out. If you can't afford an external DAC, just use mobo sound for now. Realtek 889 is fine.
CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST. Anything from ASUS, Lite-on, or Samsung is good. Just go to Newegg and look at whatever is sub-$30 and has the most customer choice awards.
Have fun! Should be within your budget, or will be once Black Friday rolls around. I do not recommend running OCed parts with this system. This will play everything well, including BF3 and Skyrim, and due to the high performance parts, I don't think it's worth eroding the lifespan for an extra 5-15% of speed.
Btw, almost all of the above will have free shipping (and no tax for most) from Amazon. Hunt as many rebates down as you can. If you work at you, you can easily shave off $100-200 in rebates. Try comparing Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct prices. Some local stores in large city areas like Frys and Micro Center sometimes have great deals, and will price match if you prefer buying from brick and mortar.
Edited by Elysian - 10/23/11 at 1:29pm