Looking to upgrade my friends computer with Motherboard, Ram, Processor, and HDD. He has a OCZ 700W StealthXStream an old 8800GTS 320 and a case.
Vendor agnostic, but I have heard AMD kills in the low end so my two possibilities are AMD. If you have an Intel build with same-ish performance at a similar price please post. (I didn't even spec out intel)
Purpose is gaming. No overclocking, crossfire / sli may be considered at a future date.
Needs to support 1920x1080 at some point in the future, new monitor + video card will happen in a few months.
That gigabyte board you have for the first choice, you said you might want crossfire , that board is a micro ATX board so it only has one PCI-E slot.
If you do go multi-GPU, ATI is the only way you can go with AMD chipset boards.
Yes, it's more expensive and slower. There's no reason to get a two platter 500GB drive anymore. The single platter drives are quite a bit faster. The 5 year warranty is the only good thing about it. If the OP wants to get a WD drive he should at least get a 640GB drive since it's performance is considerably higher than the WD 500GB drive due to higher data density.