Looking for a system that will last me a solid amount of years, with a good upgrade ability route for SLI/CFX, CPU, RAM. I'll be using it for gaming, design/edit in CS4/Avid/flash and general browsing.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I am in no hurry to build this machine, but maybe within a month's time, I'm willing to buy piece by piece.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Design, Watching movies/shows, Browsing web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, I have a eVGA 8800 gts laying around with a chance to buy a evga gtx 260 core 216 for like $50 from a friend.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.. and anywhere else that is a safe seller
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES:I have been stuck between the i5 or 955 for a good solid month, I've always been worried about EOL. I would get the i5, if i weren't worried about a better alternative, coming out within the year making it obsolete, but I like the cheap alternative with AMDs and their long shelf life with the AM3+.. I .. Just CANT DECIDE!! Should I just make the leap to 1366 with i7?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (in the future)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (thats widescreen right?)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will need OS.. help a brotha out! Thanks!
for cost/performance the i7 920 is best. They overclock like champs. The 930's are supposed to be coming out soon to replace the 920's...so you might be able to pick up a 920 cheaper. still, unless you know someone who works for intel, you'll be paying ~$300 for the CPU. Intel gives their employees a discount of around 1/2 retail.
Getting back to your question...go for an i7 920...the motherboard and CPU will set you back ~$550...another $150 for ram and use your 8800 until you can save up for a better videocard. the gtx 260 is better than the 8800, just not enough imo. I changed out from a 8800gtx to a ati 4870 and haven't seen enough of a difference. But a 5870 would make it worth it.
Get a EVGA 3x sli instead of that board. It's like 20$ more, and is comaprable to the P6T deluxe. Also, that drive is subpar compared to the 7200.12 1tb, wich is on a Shell schocker deal at newegg now.