I've already selected the parts I think will work but I'd really like to see what you all think about the rig before I purchase it. Any feedback, negative or positive, is appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month.
BUDGET RANGE: $1,500 (including tax and shipping; no more than that).
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, and finally, folding @ home (what is that, anyway?)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers not needed.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any reputable company, really.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Asus or MSI Motherboard, HIS or XFX video card, Cooler Master mid to full-tower case, and a modular Cooler Master or Corsair power supply. I don't really care about the brand of everything else, as long as they work. Please note: I'm going for a black and red themed system.
CROSSFIRE: At some point in the future, yes.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050+
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS (and questions!): A quiet system would be nice. Would like to be able to run graphically-intensive games such as Crysis at a steady 35-40 FPS (I know most of you are probably tired of hearing that but hey, the game serves as a pretty good benchmark). I really don't want the Freezer 7 Pro cooler as I've heard it's hard to install but that's the best I've been able to find, so if anyone can recommend a better i5 cooler, I'd really appreciate it. Also, is it necessary to buy thermal paste? Doesn't the CPU already come with it pre-applied?
PSU: Coolermaster is to be avoided. Here's a higher quality unit for only $10 more: Silverstone 750W 80+ Silver.
Mobo: Another poor choice. It's super expensive, and doesn't offer as many features. Check out the Asus P7P55D-E Pro for $190.
HSF: Second the above (saves $10)
RAM: Second the above ($10 more)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55. Samsung preferred, but its hard to find in stock.
Optical: Cheapest one out there $23
Add $19 for shipping.
Total saved: $52 (I think).
In addition to the above, here's some big changes to get a super powered gaming PC:
Then definitely go with the HD 5870. The 5850 is a great card, but struggles with a few games at max details on 1900x resolutions (namely Crysis). The 5870 easily maxes everything at that resolution. Thus, in the future the 5850 will be underpowered for newer games.