APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1k or less
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW, regular surfing & business apps
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD processor & Nividia video card
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking to build a system that will run World of Warcraft very well at 1920x1080 (it's the only game I play); I'd like something that will be passable for two years with few or no hardware upgrades. I plan to run Windows 7 64-bit. I'd prefer to stick with an AMD processor and Nividia video. I do not wish to overclock. Below is what I currently have in mind, I'd like to know if there are any problems with this set-up, or if there are any special considerations I might need to be aware of. I welcome any other helpful recommendations.
Everything's good, except that I strongly advise you to consider getting a 5850, as it is better in terms of framerates compared to the GTX 285 and it is better in power consumption compared to both the GTX 285 & 275 and even the GTX 260. And the cheaper ones are only about $10 more expensive than the 275 you linked. You will be getting the worse end of the deal by getting a 275. The only reason to go Nvidia right now is if you are fanboy or can find compelling, impartial evidence (hard numbers) that a Nvidia card is superior in a game you want to play.
In which testing showed that all Ati cards performed slightly buggy playing WoW (at least as compared to Nivida cards, which did not).
"Furthermore all tested Radeon cards suffered from some kind of lag that really affected the gaming experience: Regardless of high framerates the individual frames weren't delivered smoothly - the fps counter was abruptly varying between high and low values. Since Fraps can protocol the framerate by the second, this phenomenon isn't even fully visible in the frame line chart or the minimal framerate. Up to now we weren't able to find a solution for the problem and even changing the test system or reinstalling the drivers didn't solve it."
I'm not really convinced by that review's relevance for two reasons: 1. It is 6 months old and 2. It hasn't tested the new ATI 5000 series cards. If I was you I'd try and find a more recent review that has included the new ATI cards before making a decision between that Geforce and new Radeon cards. But it's up to you.