SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo editing 3.5 mb files, Gaming, surfing, general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (Currently have 23in 1920x1080)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg,
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel I5, no other preferences
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't care about bling, window, prefer quieter than louder. I have been stuck in the netbook and crappy notebook world for some time; denying myself the pleasure of blowing stuff up in games. I prefer FPS, tried Wow and wasn't into it.
I would have purchased a 5850 radeon if I could find it, I am interested in exploring a lower end crossfire set up to get up to that level of performance but honestly don't know if is possible with my budget, or if I need it regardless.
I hope I am competent to pull this all together and just pull the trigger. I have been lurking here, MaxPC, and tech-forums.net for some time and am ready to just do it. I will admit I am completely befuddled by the overwhelming amount of case and PSU choices and seek the advice of the collective.
The motherboard you chose is good for a single graphics card. If you want to have the capability to add a second graphics card you should upgrade the motherboard to the P55-UD4P for $30 more. Likewise the power supply you chose is adequate for a singe graphics card, but if you plan to add a second one in the future you should upgrade to a 750 W PSU.
A WD Caviar Black HDD is much quicker than the green series.
thanks for the input, I am ordering with an i5, crossfired 5770. I saw that article earlier and was intrigued. I will get the caviar black and a 750w PSU, I also changed the case to one with three fans and adjustable speed control (
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case)
I will post pictures when I've got it set up if anyone is curious.