PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes - Eventually want to get another 5770
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So I have read a few comments on the forums about the 1156 socket possibly running into longevity issues... so not sure if I should think about doing a 1366 i7? Would an AM3 socket run into this issue too?
I have a $1000 max budget before rebates.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Will be running Windows 7 64-bit
Case : Xigmatek MIDGARD-W Black 0.7mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $74.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $69.99
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $134.99
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready - $159.99
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail - $109.99
CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail - $199.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail - $104.99
Optical - LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $26.99
HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail - $34.99
As far as socket longevity, no one really knows with Intel right now. 1156 is the current mainstream, but it's unlikely to see anything bigger than quad-core. 1366 is the flagship line, but Intel tends to change sockets relatively quickly, so although it may be relevant for longer than 1156, it's not necessarily going to be around for 5 years or anything.
AMD's roadmap is just building on AM3 right now, so that is technically the most future-proof option at the moment.
At a $1000 budget, you should be looking at AMD or maybe an i5-750 at the outside. There's really no way to fit an i7 gaming build in that budget.