Lets take a different angle on this. What is this computer to be used for? Here's an idea we can work with...
Case: LIAN LI PC-6 Black
- Not that yours is bad, but shipping is expensive. Usually, aluminum cases are higher quality and a case that has side vents, windows, or fans, will be louder. $109
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
- Given your budget and desire for a new monitor, I would suggest AMD. This is part of their 970 chipset which has all the features you need. If you're planning on using Crossfire or SLI, you may want to consider a 990FX based board. $94
CPU: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz
- This is similar to Intel's 2500K or 2600K in terms of performance. With Ivy Bridge, Intel lowered the power consumption of the CPU's while increasing the graphics. Essentially, they are Sandy Bridge CPU's in terms of performance with much better graphics, though, Intel is not close to beating AMD with on-chip graphics, but the 8120 is strictly a CPU. $169
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W
- This is more than enough power. $69
GPU: HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- This is part of AMD mid-range GPU line and is about the same as a 480, only more efficient. A Radeon 7870 is faster than a 480 though. $239
RAM: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
- This should be plenty. $44
Monitor: ASUS VS229H-P Black 21.5"
- This is a better monitor than the one you've chosen. First off, it is considered a 1080p monitor. Second, it is IPS-based which means the color accuracy is much better. Third, it also allows for HDMI. Granted, you are paying double for it... $163
ODD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B
- A basic one is all you need. $18
HDD 1: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III
- Given the speed and limited capacity of this drive, you will want to install your operating system on it, along with a few of your most frequently used programs. $95
HDD 2: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
- Whereas the other drive is mostly for programs, this is where you put your data and applications you use less frequently. $74
CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283
- This is efficient and inexpensive. Look up how to apply thermal compound to an HDT cooler for best results. $29
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
- You need this. Alternatively, you can use the Windows 8 Consumer/Release Preview until it is released and buy it then. $99
Total Cost $1,212
Edit: Further information regarding alternate choices below.
Remember, with games, they are more linked to GPU power than CPU power. If you've got a new, unused OEM copy of Windows or a full retail version of Windows, you can use the savings for other hardware. If I were building a PC now, I would simply use Windows 8 CP/RP until release and spend the money then. Doing this will mean you need to blow away the install and reinstall the OS, but it would be best. If you no longer have a need to buy an OS, you can use the extra $100 on any of the following.
Graphics Card I: ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870
- This is a bit faster than what you've got right now. $349
Graphics Card II: EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB
- If you have the money, this is significantly faster. $399
CPU/Cooler: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz with Included Liquid Cooling Kit
- If you're happy with your selection of GPU, this is best AMD CPU out there with an included liquid cooling kit from the CPU maker. It isn't significantly faster, so I would only consider this if you think you will be overclocking and want the cooling system. $289
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB
- Again, if you're happy with the GPU and CPU, this can hold even more than the original SSD. $209
Edited by DJBPace07, 30 May 2012 - 05:48 AM.