I just need to know if all these parts are compatible

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  1. $180 is expensive for a 790 motherboard and $245 for an old core2quad seems like a bad idea. You can get an new i5 750 for $200 and P55 motherboard for $150-200 and have a much more modern and faster system for less.

    The Samsung F3 500GB is a newer design and much faster than the WD Black 500GB.

    That is an awefully expensive PSU for the wattage that isnt even 80+ certified. If you have not researched that PSU and have seen professional reviews showing consistent voltage and efficiency I would strongly recommend you change it to a reliable company like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic or PC Power & Cooling. Antec has a True Power Blue series if you want blue LEDs in your PSU.

    The 9800 GT is getting to be an older graphics card at this point. It was replaced with the GTS 250 over a year ago (which has the same or better performance for less power) and the ATI 4850 will outperform it for about the same price. Its not a horrible graphics card but there are other options.
  2. alright so ive mad ea few changes.
    would this mother board support SLI/CrossfireX and what video cards do you think would be good?
  3. I would prefer a Gigabyte or ASUS motherboard over an intel one. A gigabyte P55A-UD3 or P55A-UD4 would be good.

    What games do you play and what is your monitor resolution? Knowing that is the only way to figure out how much graphics power you need.
  4. im thinking about this one
    its got a res of 1600x900
  5. games i play are WoW COD Modern warfare 2 and a ps2, wii, gamecube emulators. these emulators require high end graphics which is pretty much what im looking for.
  6. A 9800 is a mid-low end gaming graphics card. You probably really want a high end card like the ~$310 ATI 5850. In between them is the ~$170 ATI 5770, which is 50% faster than the 9800. The 5770 will handle WoW at that resolution, but Im not sure about COD or the game emulators.

    I mostly play MMOs and do so on a 1920x1080 LCD with an ATI 5770. I can max out the graphics on some games, but not the more intensive ones.
  7. so what if i got ati 5770 sli? would that be good? ive got a budget of about 1000. i could probably squeeze that in there if itd be a good investment.
  8. There's no such thing as SLI 5770's. ATI's multiple GPU configuration is called Crossfire. If you're considering crossfire 5770's you might as well just get the 5850. Getting a fast single card is a better option since some games scale very poorly when using multiple GPU's.
  9. yea i know that ati is crossfire i just say sli out of habit
  10. Unfortunately I dont know what exactly to tell you to do. For WoW a single 5770 will be adequite and a single 5850 would likely be slightly more than necessary. For shooters the 5850 is probably a better choice. In general a stronger single GPU solution is a better idea than a pair of weaker ones. Some applications dont like crossfire so I have no idea if a 5850 or a pair of 5770s would be better for you.

    If I was building an i5 system at your budget I would go with a 5850. That would let me get a second 5850 if needed. Starting with twin 5770s leaves no expansion room.
  11. you make a good point i wads thinking that too. i could easily upgrade if i need to later if i buy the 5850
  12. now is there any place that i can get a cheaper monitor? anything bigger than a 19". ive looked at both tigerdirect and newegg monitors they're all about 130 to 180
  13. 22inch monitors cost around $150 at the low end.

    Here are the two cheapest 21+ inch monitors I see. HannsG is a better manufacturer for $10 more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824112017 ($140)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254039 ($150)
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