I've decided to take the path of building my own gaming rig. This will be my very first complete build. The gaming rig will consist of WoW, FPShooters, racing/sports genre games.
I have a limit of $500. I can spend $100 if the mail in rebates equal to or near $500 ($515 and below). So technically I have $615 to spend with the rebates.
If at all possible to get a combo deal that would increase the performance value of the PC I'm open to suggestions. After i'm familiar with the components, I'd like to OC it so keep this in mind as well. I'd also like to have the ability of SLI, and Crossfire compatible. If you or a friend has any components for sale matching the ones I'd like by all means PM me with condition, price, etc.
I've discussed various components with the member iBleet. After several PMs the following was brainstormed...
Gigabyte p35 DS3L
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300
Video Card: $135 (original) | $110 MIR
EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W
CASE: $70 (original) | $50
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black
The E5200 is very capable of over 3.0 overclocks with that motherboard. Not as good as the E7200/E7300, but also a 45nm Wolfdale with a 2MB cache instead of the 3MB cache of the E7300 or the 6MB cache of the E8400. http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=70841