Now all I need is a new case, power supply, and a CPU fan. I'm not sure what to get though and I'd like to know if the above choices could be better? Perhaps something cheaper but just as good or at least really close in terms of performance? Any suggestions and advice are appreciated and thanks for taking the time to read and reply to this.
Well I'm seeing the price of all those as $890 before rebates but you mention that it was $110 under the budget so I'm wondering if I'm missing something as to why the price would drop that much. Thanks for the suggestion though.
Your original parts were fine but a bit overpriced. This rig has the exact same firepower (i5 is not that much more powerful in games than 955), and is cheaper than an i5 rig. This build is just another option, since you said you would like to see something that is just as strong as your parts but cheaper. And the cpu already comes with a fan/heatsink.
As you can see, the 955 easily holds its own against Intel's flagship cpus in a modern multi threaded game:
Looks good much cheaper too thanks. I'll be ordering today or tomorrow so most likely I'll be going with those choices moth but I'll wait a little while to see if I find anything or if someone else contributes something. Wish I used the forums last time I bought new parts would have probably saved some money like this time.