I am interested in building a desktop computer. I have never run or been a part of building a home built machine, however I have a keen interest in the area. That said, due to my lack of experience in the area, I'm not really sure where to start. However, I know a few things for sure. The first of which, I am a gamer at heart. Though my university classes don't allow for a large amount of this, I know I will never really be happy with a machine unless I can push all that potential power into something ridiculously awesome. So I am want to build the most powerful machine I can. Second, I have a budget. I am willing to spend $2000 CAD on the hardware. The OS will be over and above this limit, cause it is easier to write that off (in my mind) as an incurred expense... Third, I would like to overclock the system. I will need help with this when the time comes, but this is a matter for later. I think for right now, I will be running stock cooling unless I have to use more for the stock components. I would prefer to purchase the power now, and add in the bigger coolers to overclock when I decide I can afford it. Also I am very partial to the Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower, so I would like to use that as my case. That said, if there is a better one for a better price, I am pretty flexible. Oh yes... and I would like to build something for which upgrading is a possibility... However, I understand that with intel's recent release of the i7 that an affordable system that could be upgraded for "years to come" is a bit of a dream. I think I would be just as well sticking to a Core 2 machine. Actually, I am very interested in the Q9550 Processor... But again I don't really know enough to make an informed build.
Sorry about the lengthy introduction... I tend to get really wordy...
Recap of Important Points
1) $2000 CAD
2) Planning to use Vista Home Premium
3) I am partial to the Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower, but not limited to
4)I will probably overclock someday