I've been trying to piece together a rig for around $500. This is not a strict price cap, but I would like to stay as close to $500 as is reasonable. The rig will mainly be used for gaming and general windows use. I'm trying to hit the sweet spot for performance/price around this budget. I have all the accessories(case/dvdr/monitor/etc) I need from other systems. I only need the core parts(MOBO/CPU/RAM/GPU/PSU) to of the system. Here is my initial effort:
I agree with Georgy since the cpu/gpu setup will outperform previous setup. Also check the benches around the net to see how much of an increase this gives you. If its slight and you like amd go with that, but if its great increase in performance go with Georgys setup. By the way what harddrive will you be using.
A P35 board is hardly a substitute for an SLI board, combined with a PSU that will run a second 8800GT.
Having said that, I'm not sure that's the right PSU. Check out the Corsair 750TX on newegg. That will solve some load balancing problems when you get a second 8800GT.
If you wanted to go Intel you would need to get a P5Q Pro
P5Q Pro 150.00
4850 160.00 after MIR
Your Corsair RAM 75.00
Corsair 750TX 120.00 big sale on the egg. 100 after MIR.
605.00 after MIR. Around 645 before. Now that would be a good upgrade over your list, and leave you with the room to upgrade to a second 4850 and a higher end quad core CPU, in the future. Best I can do, if it's too much just switch PSUs and stay with your rig.