APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: With black friday coming up, I'd like to take advantage and say within the next few days
BUDGET RANGE: I'd like to stay under the $1500-1600 mark, but going a bit over isn't a big issue (esp if its for tax and/or s&h)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: mostly gaming (SC2, diablo 3, aion, L4D2, etc), then internet browsing, watching shows/dvds/movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: my current computer is about 5-6 yrs old, and would like to replace everything
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com is what I use usually, but whatever can get me a good price for a good product
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NYC, USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: no particular preference, whatevers good for my purposes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: used to using 1280x1024, but whatever works
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Like I've mentioned, I made my current computer about 5-6 yrs ago. And I've managed to get by with few updates here and there, but it's getting old. I would like the new comp to be able to remain viable for at least another 4 years or so if its possible. Additionally, I need new everything, including keyboard, mouse, screen (preferably 20-22 inches or so), speakers, OS, mobo, HDD, etc and would also like a dvd burner/player.
You got $150 left for keyboard, mouse, speakers and a case but it will probably blow your budget.
Instead of the HD 5850 you might want to consider the 5770 as it's cheaper and unlike the 5850 available right now.
YOu have plenty of room to buy whatever monitor u want.
Don't know if the 650tx is enough for the 2 vid cards, i think it would be but u might wanna step up to the 750tx.
I think the 5770's are going to give really good perfomance for a really good price.
Either that or do what i'm going to do, get a HD5850 and add a second one later when u need it and when the price comes down a bit. Prob is u can't get the 5850 right now.
anyways, this is something really similar to what i'm building.