BUDGET RANGE: around $900
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Battlefield BC2, whatever else that comes out new) @ 1920x1280
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Windows 7, Monitor, Hard Drives, dvd drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not today, but would like the capability to do so later
Here is what I'm leaning towards. With shipping, I'm right around $885. Just one thing to note, the case I have is free shipping so my total shipping is only $5.99. If I go with a non free shipping case even if it's the same price or a bit cheaper, shipping jumps up 10-25 dollars.
So let's see, you don't need Windows 7 or a Hard Drive. Do you happen to need a CD/DVD Drive? You didn't include it in your build below >_<
I must say the build you have is quite good.
Core i5 is great for the wallet and on-par with the Core i7s.
XFX has a Lifetime Warranty on their Graphics Cards! (ATI HD 5850 is probably one of the best cards out now)
XFX has 5 Year Warranties on their Power Supplys. Awesome!
Use PROMO CODE EMCYNNS22 to say $5 on the G.SKILL Ripjaw RAM <3 Just for you
The case might be iffy to me. I prefer a solid Antec Three-Hundred ($60) or a CoolerMaster, but I have had a great history with AZZA none-the-less.
The only thing I might change would be the motherboard. Yeah the combo is great and all for $-20, but you can find a good brand name MSI or ASUS motherboard for $110~.
^^ That link you listed takes me to a evga I-7 motherboard for $269.
Thanks for the promo code necromentia! I don't need a dvd drive either, I have a bunch kicking around and haven't felt like going to blu-ray was worth it.
As far as the motherboard goes, I wasn't really seeing much for asus or msi that did crossfire at least at 8x8x. I saw some that went down to 4x, but eventually I would like to get a second 5850 down the road and 8x8x doesn't bother me, but I don't want to do 4x4x.
Is there some I'm missing that will do crossfire at 8x8x for around $125? I don't want to spend 200 on a MB.
I've been debating back and forth on that gskill ram and azza case or this combo instead: