i5/i7 doesn't mean jack if you're gpu-bottlenecked. You're with this build. Either go with AM3 + 5850 or i5 + cheap P55 + 5850 or nothing. Too many times I've seen a poster asking for how best to upgrade their pc. They cheaped out on gpu. Needed a faster one. On a dead LGA 775 platform. Weren't too big on AMD. Spells RETARD all over their heads. What's more important, a gamer should ask, what's on the screen or what's inside the case?
Okay so assume I spring for a 5850. Seems that would put me at more like $1150, but like I said, my budget is pretty flexible. What would you say to that build? Would you still recommend switching to AMD? At what price point is Intel the better choice?
And what is it about that Gigabyte board that prompts you to recommend it over the ASUS I listed?
Also, the HDD. Got a drive with more like 750GB that you'd recommend over the Western Digital?
the thing that is making your computer expensive is your case/psu combo. I built a i5-750, evga p55 le, cooler master haf 922, ocz 700w psu, xfx 5850, 4gb g.skill ripjaw 9 latency, 1tb spinpoint f3 for around 911 bucks so if you get the 7 latency ram you should be able to easily get it under 1000.
Okay based on what was said here I think I'll stretch the budget to get both 5850 and i5. Now I just need to find the right case and PSU for not too much money. From what I've seen on Newegg, it seems hard to get quality for less than $100 on each of those. Please tell me if you know otherwise. Even the Cooler Master and OCZ mkyan mentioned add up to $200. I guess I need to find a good combo.
That PSU is $55 after a rebate. Most likely, mkyan got it last week in a combo with the HAF for $110 (maybe even just $100) after rebates. It was a killer deal. I wouldn't worry about spending too much on the case right now. Right now, I believe the HAF 922 is $100. Are you sure you didn't look at the HAF 932?