It has been around 8 years since I did my own build - so I figured I would post and make sure it looks good before I go forking out a ton of money .
Looking for something that will last, and play LoTRO and some other games well... The only thing I won't do is buy NVIDIA - have had 4 of the darn things crap out within the first year of use, and am over it. (perhaps it is the craptacular air flow in my current case, I dunno - but every one of them the fan has either totally gone out, or it overheats like crazy)
I already have Win 7 64bit, and could use a suggestion for a heatsink for the CPU that is decent, but won't get in the way of other stuff. I don't plan to use the xfire now, but eventually will want to do it.
If for some reason that does not show up - here is a list:
I'm going to be honest. It's not that great. Unless you're playing at 1600x or lower resolutions, the 5770 is not that powerful. You're also wasting a lot of money on the case, PSU and mobo. Maybe not wasting, but certainly paying a lot for stuff you won't need.
Main reason I wanted to go with a full tower is I hate not having room in my case . I have to say it is my biggest annoyance with any computer. Plus with my history of overheating video cards, I want all the cooling/air flow I can get.
As far as the other suggestions, I will splurge and go with the 5850 if it is that much better, and change the RAM/mobo . Thank you!
If you want a case with a lot of space, get the HAF 922. It's a lot cheaper than the 1200, has many great features, and is a lot bigger.
I wouldn't say that you HAVE to get the 5850. If you only want to play older games or the newer ones with lower details, the 5770 should be fine. It's only if you want to play newer games with all the details at 1920x1080 resolutions.
Performance wise, yes. Intel's i5/i7 CPUs are much higher in performance than AMD's entire line. However, it's a pretty significant price increase. To go from a similar X4 955 build to an i5-750 build will add around $100 to the cost and to go from an i5-750 build to an i7-930 build will add another $300 or so.
I'd say given your price range (which I'm guessing at), you'd want either the i5 or i7. Going with the i5 would allow you to get a much bigger GPU (like the 5870 or possibly even 5970), buy you'd lose a bit on the processing power side. You'd also lose an upgrade path, as the LGA1156 socket isn't going to see any more powerful CPUs than what's already out.