currently researching a build myself for around 1k, i'll let you know what i come up with. parts i'd recommend so far though:
cpu: i5-2500k cpu. really nothing compares to this for the price atm.
memory: 4-8gb ddr3 ram. 1066 is "native" speed for ddr3 so just get whatever is cheapest and has a good warranty faster memory is pointless in all but benchmarks. 1 stick of 4gb if you need to cut some money, 2x4 for 8gb if you have some to spare.
cpu/case: i am very impressed with the results on the cp-850 psu price and specs. all the psu review sites i found were stunned at its performance for the price. there is one drawback and it could be a major one depending. there are only 4 cases i've found that can hold the thing since its antec's custom format. your choice of cases are the df-85, antec twelve hundred, p183, p193. thats it. you won't find a better psu for the price though. so if you like one of those cases i'd say get it. however, i'm a big proponent of researching for your psus and i've even written a guide here on cag a few years ago on how to do it yourself. this thing pumps out a retarded 94 amps which is overkill for so many things. if you're not planning on heavy overclocking, dual/triple video cards, and plugging in a ton of drives/stuff, you can easily get away with a cheaper PSU. 80$ is the sweet spot for a good psu, but don't buy too much more than you need. here's the link to my psu buying guide:http://www.cheapassg...d.php?p=8526973
the p183+cp-850 is a particularly good setup if you're going for low noise, the antec 1200 (what i'm leaning towards) is a gigantic monster of a case that will hold a million different peripherals, the p193 is a solid all around case, and the df-85 is like the 1200 only its dust filters are easier to get at and clean than the 1200. sadly i think the front looks stupid and lets be honest looks mean a lot for a case. i don't care for the side windows either but i can live with it.
hdd: people only recommend 2 hdds these days and those are the 1tb f3 spinpoint and the western digital caviar black and they are both solid choices with fast read/write times. get which ever one is cheaper at the time. note that the non-1tb sizes of these have different specs so always look out for thoses before you buy.
ssd: i'm getting an ocx vertex 2 from amazon since its cheaper. fastest ssd for its price range and holds 80gb. its a little pricey at 160$ for only 80gb but i have some money to spend and wanted to see what the ssd fuss is about for myself. you could easily skip this part of the build.
mobo: don't know yet. always the hardest part of any build imo is choosing a mobo. i'll be researching this today.
videocard: don't know yet. always the more fun part of any build imo so i'm saving this to do with the mobo to balance it out. leaning towards a 6970 but we'll see. x2 6870's is tempting.
i will also be finally picking up a bluray drive and am considering a new 120hz monitor so i'll be doing some research on that as well.
drawback is that if i go with my ideal specs and parts i'm going to be coming in at 1300$, so i'm looking to shave off some money myself so i'll be changing these recommendations around.
And finally the falcon guide was updated on the 27th. CAG won't let me post the link, but theres a link that always goes to the latest version its listed in the guide itself as well.http://i1002.photobu...Guide/Guide.png
Edited by crystalklear64, 01 June 2011 - 05:45 PM.