If anyone has any ideas on different cpus whether it be intel or amd I can probably find another $50 or $60 dollars to go into the cpu budget which would put it around 130 or so. Would really like to find a nice middle ground for price to performance.
I'm from the camp that likes to get the best single GPU you can afford. That way you still have the option of adding another GPU later if you need to. If you go with crossfire right off the bat you kill your GPU upgrade path. I don't like the idea of having to replace the GPU instead of just buying another one. That's why I picked the 4870 1GB and 750W PSU so that you could add another GPU without having to upgrade any other components at the same time.
If you can scrounge up some more money for the build the Phenom II X3 720 is an awesome CPU and also has a combo available with that Gigabyte motherboard.
You won't get the most out of your system by going with a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. This is a better solution to get the most out of your money, while still going under budget. Use Windows 7 RC to save you some money.
Can anyone suggest a comparison between the AMD 720 x 3 and an intel cpu? Unfortunately the combo deal is gone shortstuff_mt but thanks for the suggestion. The 4770s use less power at full load then any comparable single card solution so I think I will stick with them.
Thanks again for the suggestions. I will be using the windows 7 RC until June 2010. So OS isn't a problem. Software problems aren't a big deal. I am use to it with Linux and finding a work around or an alternative.
816.26 when shipped to my house in Cali -30 MIR =p
Lower resolution much less need to go sli or crossfire and can just upgrade single gpu, less power consumption less troubles.
Frankly sli or crossfire at 800 even with upgrade later is a bit worry some even the first build shown the build would easily be crippled by the kuma which would need to be upgraded. yada yada yada
But that's what i would do with 800 bucks and wanting to do "gaming" not counting me just going down to frys and slapping together a super cheap 300 dollar computer - psu, gpu and monitor then order the best monitor, psu and gpu i could get my hands on for 500
Okay after doing some reading and taking in everyones suggestions I think I finally have settled on some parts. If anyone would like to look this over and make any other suggestions that would be great. Also should I go with an aftermarket cooler on the X3 720?
The WD3200AAKS hard drive that I listed above is only $4 more and is considerably faster than that old 250GB drive.
You only need an aftermarket cooler if you're planning on overclocking. The same goes for the thermal paste. The stock cooler will come with thermal paste. If you do get a CPU cooler and thermal paste, I would get MX-2. MX-2 cools at least as well as Arctic Silver, is non-conductive, has no cure time, and lasts longer than Arctic Silver.