I'm currently building a new budget gaming machine (total cost $1300 - $1500). This will be used for gaming, (Bioshock series, Crysis, Mass Efect, etc.) and as a general use machine, and occasional use as a movie server. (my living room TV is just on the other side of the wall from the 'puter desk)
I am re-using my KB, mouse, and monitor (Samsung 2333B, res 1920x1080)
I might end up overclocking, I'll wait to see how this performs, and it could possibly become a necessity looking forward, as newer games outpace the "stock" requirements of this system.
I know my choice of power supply might seem like overkill, but I bought this one with future upgrades in mind. I will probably add a second hard drive, as well as a second videocard to crossfire with at some point in the future.
I'm building this rig to replace my aging Athlon XP 3200/ GeForce 6200 machine. Any suggestions on what parts I still need as well as a critique on those I've already bought would be welcome.
If you are serious about runing sli or crossfire on a p55 motherboard you should only seriously consider boards that incorporate an nf200 chip that will give you much better pci-e 2.0 support and more lanes for better bandwidth. You will probably not be really satisfied with your multi gpu experience with a stock p55 motherboard. They are a great foundation for single card systems but have limitations that make them not the best choice for multi gpu systems.