Here is my first thoughts on hardware to choose(vaguely considering budget)
intel core 2 duo 3.0ghz
ATI radeon 3870 512mb
case ???(open to any suggestions)
500gb hdd (I'll never need 1tb)
mobo ???(same as case)
optical drives etc.
Anyway what do you think of these choices?
On some other forum, someone recommended at least a nvidia 680i chipset for the mobo. but isn't that SLI(which I don't need) and the ATI graphics card uses crossfire x anyway. the only thing that I am really confused about is mobo chipsets.