I'm going to be building a gaming system and I am not really up to date on what's what or what is the best bang for your buck. My last system recently died and I'm hobbling by on a board and CPU a friend gave me from when he upgraded his and his wifes system's. I play WoW and may play some other MMO's in the future and I plan on running the system on a 32in 1080p TV something like a Sharp Aquos (to be purchased soon) if that helps any. I will be using some of the parts I already have and replacing them slowly (ie my IDE HDD, CD/DVD, Case and PSU). So here is current build thoughts I am trying to stay around $700 for right now
Mobo: Asus P5K/EPU (I do not know if this is P45 or X48 but I have read alittle on that and would like the better of the two as I do plan on running two cards in the near future)
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6600
This will be bought first and for what I've found searching its around $300 for the board and CPU
Memory: OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (currently under $200)
Video Card: Unknown (I know I want a card around $200 I can later pair with a second card and I am partial to Nvidia)
This would be enough to get me up and running again decently. I will be running Win2k for a little bit so I'll only install 4 of the 8 gigs of ram while waiting to buy Vista on another paycheck. Then upgrading to a new Sata2 HDD and CD/DVD shortly after that. Then to finally be followed by a second matching video card.
Yeah I've had trouble with ATI and their cards working right in the past and even a current card which I could not get to work right under Linux. So I went to a Nvidia card for now. I will certainly follow the advice on the ASUS P5Q PRO board and just suck it up again with ATI. Looks like I can get a board and a cpu for about $320 or so searching a few sites.
I'm only seeing the 4850's for just over $150 and the 4870's for just under $300