I've been planning to do this for a few months as a birthday/christmas gift to myself, and since all the holiday sales are going on or approaching, I might as well get ready to buy everything. I've done some research and it's rather overwhelming, all the different brands and models and having to get compatible items
My experience with looking for computers off the shelf has been "is the HD big enough to fit all my stuff?"
So I'm looking to build a gaming computer that can run Final Fantasy XIV. Not that I play it, but I'm using that as a baseline since the computer I'm on now can't even run the benchmark. Heck this thing lags with 2D Steam games. I'd also like it be able to multitask well when not running those more powerful games, since I usually have at least a browser, a chat client or two, and Winamp/iTunes running.
My budget is between $1,500 and $2000.
I'm going to have to buy Windows 7 along with whatever parts I get, and I might also get a new monitor (not sure on that since I'm very picky with monitors and I dislike widescreen).
If you need any other information, go ahead and ask, though I'm not sure if I'll be able to answer if it's too technical :P Thanks!