I want to create a $1000 gaming PC (original, huh?), but part of that $1000 has to go towards a monitor. That means I have to create a balance between processor/GPU and monitor--if I spend too much on the monitor, I won't have the money to back it up with a good video card, and if I dish it out for an amazing video card, the monitor won't do it justice.
I'll use the supposed rules for posting a system build, and then give my thoughts on parts.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: October, when Windows 7 comes out.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 or less
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing, Music, Video
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, speakers, mouse, printer, Windows OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, what else?
PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid Tower Case. Modular power supply. From the research I've done AMD seems to be the way to go for PCU's, namely the 720 BE triple core. However, I'm open to Intel.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes --I've never overclocked, or even built before, so how hard is it? Are there any sites that can tell me how?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or above, again, I must balance this with the video card.
2.) Your PSU is enough for a single card. If you want to setup Crossfire, you should look at least at a 750w PSU.
3.) Your GPU & monitor work just fine together.
5.) You choose a triple channel memory which is for the Core i7 boards. You need dual channel DDR3 at 4GB (2*2GB) 1600 or 1333 memory. I recommend the OCZ Platinum's due to their price and most of all timings.
I would look to upgrade your HDD to at least the WD 500GB Black but recommend the 640GB Black. You will see a boost in your performance by doing so.
It gives you the option to CF in the future and costs less. You also want to consider a 4890 for 1920x1080 gaming, it will do better than a 4870, but since you are holding off til october the combos now are meaningless as the entire playing field will change with the i5 and the new DX11 graphics cards which are supposed to come out at the same time as windows 7
Come back a week or two before you are ready to buy and we will help you pick through what new has come out since.
Well even though the i5 is mainstream not for enthusiast gamers, it will cause significant changes in the CPU pricing scheme. And AMD may have new boards and processors out by then(hopefully as the newest lineup doesnt give many options).