WD 160 7200 ATA HD. -> Will upgrade next
Sceptre 20.1" LCD Monitor
Creative Audigy 2 Gamer Soundcard (not a huge sound freak. it sounds good and should for a while).
Antect Truepower 2.0 430w Power Supply
The inital $800 is the core. I plan to upgrade the HD and add the SLI Video Card in a year. That should give me a good lift.
There are sales this weekend to where I can get the following:
CPU - $279
Memory - $179
Video Card - $169
Mobo is $120 or so.
That's $757. Case is extra as I have been needing one for a while
Is that cpu a refurb? If not that is a good price on a 3800 x2
My other suggestion is buy a 6600gt for now and later upgrade to new video card. SLI in my opinion is not a very good upgrade path.
Nothing wrong with the audigy card they are good cards and nothing yet really to warrent upgrading.
I agree. SLI is not really worth it, if you're going with midrange cards. The biggest benefit from SLI is the ability to run at higher resolutions and detail settings with comparable framerates to a single card. It doesn't make your system get better performance at lower resolution and low detail, like a more powerful graphics card would.
I just noticed that the motherboard you linked to has both AGP 8x and PCIe compatibility. If you got that board, depending what graphics card you have in your old system, you may just want to stick with that for a bit.