Gfx Card: This is where I really need an opinion.. Do I go nVidia, or go to ATI? I've never been a big ATI fan, but I've really got nothing against them, so if price and performance are right, I'd definitely go with an ATI card. What do you guys recommend?
+1 on your choices of mobo, RAM and HD. Combo the RAM up with that HD to save a few dollars. As far as that psu goes... I have my doubts on a Kingwin psu as I'm sure a few others here do also. Try a Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, etc... psu
Cosair 750w would be more than ideal for that build.
As far as vid cards go...I'm of your thinking when it comes to Nvidea vs ATI. The new DX11 cards are coming out but tbh I would get a gtx 275 for now and wait to see what Nvidea comes out with later on in regards to their DX11 cards.
One gtx 275 will blow away games with your intended resolution.
For after market h/s I would look at the Xigmatek Dark Night for $44.99 (free shipping) or the Scythe Mugen 2 for $36.99...both @ newegg. For thermal compound look at the Arctic Cooling MX-2 for 4.99 at newegg.
Budget for a monitor would be at or around $200.
Preferably under, but I'd be willing to go over for something with good quality.
Here's one with a nice quick response time (2ms)...which = great for gaming. On a side note...at that resolution there really is no need to go with a dual vid card set up. I can post a single card set up for cheaper...and if your interested, a great i5 single card set up.
Alright cool I was looking at that monitor and was one of my options
Not sure if I'm interested in an i5 build though. Not sure how that would really stack up against the 920. I have to do more research on it I guess and look at some more tests and benchmarks to really see.
I'd be interested in seeing the single card set-up you have to offer though!
I call this build "i7 Red". That psu is modular, it's gotten great reviews, it will push this rig and leave you juice left over. The read LED's on the psu match up with the red LED's on this case. The only problem is this psu sells out fast.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $212.98
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Monitors are making the move to true widescreen, ie. 16x9 resolutions, which the second monitor you linked, the ASUS VH226H employs.
You have a little bit less space when it comes to web pages, or documents, but there is no black bar around movies, because the monitor is the same scale as they are. To some it is no concern, but its enhances movie experiences. Additionally, the second monitor has HDMI input, meaning you could hook up a PS3 for blu-ray content, or other forms of HD content.