APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the end of March
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming-HTPC-Websurfing..Would like to get rid of the antique 13inch TV next to my monitor. So I'd like to play games/watch movies/Cable TV all on my monitor (if this is even possible?)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Need everything Speakers can be reused from old system would rather not though as they are 6yr old Altec Lansing ones that were pretty bad to begin with.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg/TigerDriect USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: My first computer I built about 6years ago is the one I currently use. It's on its last leg. I want something easily upgraded later on e.g.: AM3 AMD chipset if its going to be used for quite awhile x16 x16 PCIE MoBo so I can slap another GPU in it later down the road. Brands dont matter to me I just want it to run very well for a very long time. Currently I use Intel/ATI
OVERCLOCKING:Maybe- I dont mess with this much unless its easy and very stable SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes I plan on getting 1 very good GPU now and in a year or 2 when the matching one is cheap I'll slap another in it.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Best possible
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like it quiet but air cooled (water scares me as this is my 2nd build )
Will get Windows7 64bit Mouse/Keyboard , Thermal Paste. Does this set of items have everything I need? PSU/Mobo good enough that later down the line I can add a second ati 5850? Even further down the line do you think AMD will continue to use the AM3 chipset or is Intel the way to go? As it stands now I have all the items saved on newegg for about $1300 Monitor on TigerDirect about $240 which is about as high as I want to go. Any flaws or weaknesses in this build or any suggestions on any better parts? I'm aware I'll probably need a few case fans also.
No, that PSU will not be able to take more than one 5850, as it only has enough connectors for one. 750W units tend to be the starting point for having enough connectors for more than one 5800 series card.
I really don't think that you will need more than 4GB of RAM for a long time, so I would suggest just getting the one set.
Everything else looks good to me.
Since Bloomfield Intel has specified that RAM should be at most 1.65V, which is a good thing really. I don't know what the voltage limit is on AMD systems, but obviously lower is better. Basically you can use almost any RAM in either system.
I don't know anything about A-Data, they're most likely decent.
I swear the selection/choice of RAM on Newegg has reduced dramatically this week, even last week there was a fantastic set of Corsair RAM, which is not there anymore. All in all I would go with that G.Skill you linked originally.
Don't know much about monitors, altho that one seems decent.
No, the difference between the i5 750 and AMD 965 is not significant in performance terms. The way I figure it you would have to spend $20 more on the CPU, $20 more at most for a mobo with dual x8 PCI-E slots, which at the moment isn't significant, but might be in the future. Lynnfield mobos tend not to have dual x16. Altho more of them seem to have USB 3/SATA 6Gbps which is the sort of thing you want if you want to future proof your system.
Apparently Silverstone do one of the best 750W PSUs at the moment, I don't know which one it is tho. Also Antec and Corsair are ones to look at.
Stable voltages are an absolute necessity in order to overclock. With twin GFX cards pulling the power necessary to drive them, a quality PSU is req'd. Two top Case / PSU options for twin GFX and overclocking: