BUDGET RANGE: $800 (Would like to put a max of ~800 into the core components. Preferably less)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming 80%, 3D design work 20%
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, GPU (for the time being), optical drive (have this already: DVD+/-R/RW 16X 12X +/-DL LS 12X RAM SuperMulti SATA drive). Already have one 500GB hard drive, will get another.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, frys, amazon
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (on air only)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes crossfire, i like ATI.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 23" LG. Possibility of running a tripple head (20, 23, 20) in the future.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Torn between paying 110 more for an i5 over a Phenom II x3 Black. I want the mobo/CPU/PSU combo to deal with anything i throw at it for a few years. GPUs etc... I'm going to use an HD4850 for the moment, since most games i play are CPU biased, later I'll buy pair of 4890s or 5XXX series. Do i really need the i5 or will the Phenom II be perfectly capable of dealing with whatever games and GPUs come along? I was leaning towards the AMD setup based on bang for buck but the trouble is i've read a few too many reviews concluding the i5 is really hard to beat in pretty much every type of application (games/number crunching etc). However I can't seem to find a well reviewed hs/cooler for the 1156 socket.
Looking at these components to be combined with either I5 or Phenom II X3:
EVGA P55 LE 123-LF-E653-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... - 169.99
(BTW i chose the i5 motherboard based on reviews of other boards having some bad comments. I need a system that goes together with the least amount of software/ram/BIOS trouble)
Total: 827.85 (assuming a hs/c costs about the same)
Any thoughs or recomendations are much appreciated.
Think i'll go for the bigger case just be sure. One last thing, the samsung hd has just gone out of stock on newegg, are there any others makes that have a decent reputation was thinking about a Western Digital, looks like there are mixed reviews of just about every other 500-750gb sata. (EDIT: Went for the WD 500gb Black). I will order this within the next 2 days. Any other suugestions, are all the components compatible?
Thanks for your responses. I'll go for the i5, hopefully the build will go smoothly. Probably have a few more stupid questions next week! Thanks guys.