I'm also buying windows 7 to put on it. This is my first time putting a computer together so any input will help, better parts to get, something cheaper that preforms the same or beter ,etc. I'm planning on using it mostly for gaming, WoW, modern warfare 2, CSS, crysis, etc. and hope to play it towards max setting and still have a pretty good fps. So any tips/ comments will help alot. Thanks so much for your help
Might want to follow the guidelines from the thread in my signature...
Switch the GPU for an HD 5850 (or HD 5870, if you can afford it). It's better, newer, and cheaper (a tab more for the 5870). It's more future proof with DirectX 11 support. You'll actually be able to play Crysis with the 5870...
Ditch the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. You'll save some cash, and get a far superior drive. If you can't get one of those, get a Seagate 7200.12. The same is true for that, but it's just slightly worse than the F3.
What's the CAS Latency on the RAM? You want it to be CL 7 at the most.
Spend a little extra for the P7P55D-E Pro. It's super future proof with USB 3 and SATA 6 GBps ports.
Ditch the i7-860 and grab an i5-750. It's better for gaming and a whole lot cheaper.
Spend an extra $10 on the case and get the best case made: HAF 922. It's only $80 right now. Actually, with shipping, it's the same price.
I would ditch the GTX 275 for a 5850 or 5870 like MadAdmiral said. There's absolutely no compelling reason to buy an Nvidia GPU right now IMO. AMD/ATI's king of the hill until Nvidia releases their next cards. We'll see what happens then.
Of course, all of the GPU's we're talking about are MASSIVE overkill for a 1280x1024 resolution. Are you planning on upgrading to an LCD monitor anytime soon?
Yeah im planning on going dual monitor set up and using my other one to have the web and such open while i play games and picking up a new lcd monitor in the near future, and it seems like everyone is saying get the 5850 or 5970 so im gonna go with that thanks so far everyone keep the tips coming.
To be honest, with the 5850 or 5870 (the 5970's out of your budget at $650+), your resolution won't matter. Even if it's 1900x1200, the cards will be just fine for anything. The 5850 might struggle a little with Crysis turned all the way up, but that's true for everything except the monster 5970...
Ok cool thanks again, will the 5870 work with my mobo or will i need a diff one? same with the i5, im a total newbie at this, I know how to put them together just a little hazy on which parts can work together and which parts cant thanks for the advise
Before you start overclocking, make sure to get an aftermarket CPU cooler. Stock only does so much. I highly recommend the Coolermaster Hyper 212. It one of the best coolers, and fairly cheap at $30. You don't need to buy this right away, just get it before you start messing around with the CPU settings.
One other question, you guys all say get the HAF 922, it looks like an awesome case but i was wondering if you guys knew of any good cases that had the green lights instead of the red?? If not thats fine ill go with the HAF 922, rather have something that works good than something that is aesthetically appealing to me and is complete crap. I know thats probably something that is hard to look for just based on color, but if i find any ill post them here and see what you guys think.