SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Windows 7 64bit
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon or tigerdirect
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: open
OVERCLOCKING: maybe, never did it before
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes in future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 X 1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I currently have a CM HAF 922 case and I will buy windows 7 64 bit (which is separate from this)
This will be my first build and any input on compatibility or up/downgrades is helpful!
Plus which version of Win. 7 64 bit home is the best for building? I have heard to stay away from OEM as it can not be reinstalled??
I would stick with the OEM version of Windows. It can be re-installed on the same system just fine. It just can't be transferred to a different machine. Here's a combo deal for 64-bit Windows 7 Home Edition and the motherboard you picked:
Also if you are going to upgrade your monitor you should think of switching to a 5850 or 5870 and dropping down to an AMD platform.
Gaming is based more on GPU power then CPU power. But at your current resoluton the 5770 should be perfect. Once you jump to 19XX+ resolution you will either have to xfire 2x's 5770 or get a new single card cause the 5770 will struggle.