First, thanks to 1898 and LTH80 for their help and suggestions. This build is based on their suggestions with slight personal changes.
I'd like to purchase this during this week, asap if possible. As the title says, it will be mostly for gaming (aion, SC2, D3, L4D2, and whatever else at max), with watching shows/movies/dvds and web browsing as secondary. And as my current computer is pretty outdated (5-6 years old), I would like to replace everything.
It's totalling about $1538 before taxes, S&H, and rebates ($55). As for the mouse, keyboard, and speakers, I don't really need high end stuff and I liked wired over wireless. I felt those 3 were fine as a personal choice. Am I missing anything or should I change anything? Cheaper is always better, long as performance doesn't get hit. And finally I would like this comp to be viable for at least 4 years (if not more!)
Looks like you have done your homework - seems to be a nice system.
Personally I would try to go with i7-860 to have hyperthreading to use for your 4+ years life, even though I know the THG recommendation is the i5. But I believe game developers will be taking more advantage of HT over time.
For game cards - I would buy a single card at the highest speed budget would allow now and plan to Crossfire it with another later, rather than getting two cards now and replacing both later - but I assume you already considered this. And off course it assumes you can find a 5850 now.
is it worth getting a 920? been trying to look through everything but its still so hard to decide between the 860 and the 920....
price seems to be the same...tho the mobo prices for the two are different (860 being cheaper....)
on the one hand the 860 is faster with the 2.8 vs 920's 2.66...but its also 8x/8x vs 16x/16x
does that really make that much of a difference in terms of performance for games? I haven't been able to find any info on how the two compares when theres more than 1 gpu
I'm not really all that big in OCing....so is that gonna affect my decision?
The 920 is more oriented to applications that are CPU intensive such as video editing and certain CAD applications. It adds little to gaming performance.
For performance with more than one GPU - just look at the charts - SLI means two nVidia GPUs and Crossfire or CF means two ATI GPUs. You will see all the top performaners, nor surprisingly, are Crossfire or SLI. But keep in mind that 40 FPS is good gaming and anything over 50 or 60 FPS you won't even notice - it doesn't affect the game play.