BUDGET RANGE: $1,250 - $1,500 (I prefer instant rebates but lets say before mail in rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (MMO, FPS, RTS)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Sound Card. I currently own an Antec 900 and a 22" 1680x1050 monitor. If the machine can easily handle 1950x1200 recommendations on a good monitor would be nice and can be in addition to the $1,500 budget. I also have a SeaSonic M12 SS-600HM 600W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified which I'd gladly re-use but it is 3 years old and am more than happy to get a new one if I need it.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Processor
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right now
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 to 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Include in the budget Windows 7 64 bit (which version is ideal for gaming?) I would like this build to last at least 3 years and then will likely build a completely new computer. I've been toying with the idea of dual monitors but dont know if that would affect the system build itself. I appreciate any feedback you guys can provide, thanks!
That totals to 1435 dollars. Most people don't want to spend so much on a cooler, I did since its the best one out there. If you don't want to go for a scythe mugen or something likewise. The hdd is a little big if you don't need the space save some money. The vaviar blacks are very fast but hot and noise if you don't like it go for a samsung orso.
Which leaves plenty within the budget to get a higher resolution display, and this system will be better in games than the one somebody_007 suggested, as the video card is stronger, it also uses less power than a GTX 470. Same story with the i5-750 over the i7-930.
The downside is that upgrade options for the CPU are limited.
You could also get a 5970 instead of the 5870 if you really want to use up all the $1500 before buying a monitor.
well I meant for one thing that one could upgrade to the 980x but I don't see the price of that coming down soon since it's super fast. I for the most part meant that you have more cpu power. Since as fastx said the 930 is very powerfull. So then you cpu won't be a bottleneck if you add more gpu's. And the x58 platform allows you to xfire and trifire(or sli) without losing too much performance. It has hyperthreading and tripple channel memory. You will see a performance difference between the i7 platform and the i5 platform in all ectivities exept gaming. Because the i7 system is all round faster. And in gaming they'll be similar because both gpus can handle whatever you throw at them in the next few years regardless of the fact that the 5970 is twice as good. You just don't need that much power on that resolution.