Combo GPU and MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $464
I'm interested in the MOBO for having USB 3.0 SATA 3, and im unsure on the video card i selected the 5850 for the price, is the 5870 worth the extra $100?... If someone has any other recommendations that would be awesome - For the time being im uninterested in Xfire, maybe down the road (1+ years)
HDD The Samsung Spinpoint F3 $85
Total cost: $936 not including s/h, various accessories and monitors
Id like to know how future proof either system would be, if Intel is better then the AMD, and if the $450 premium is justified between the two. Also, being a bit of an audiophile, is a sound card recommended to use an optical output? or is there minimal difference
Because of your high budget $1400, I strongly recommend you look at an i5 750 gaming build with HD 5850 as a minimum. If you had only $1000, then it would be hands down an AMD build. Your usage is very vague. You should specify the games or kinds of games, wether it is HD playback or converting, and what drafting is (what app do you run?).