It's been a while since I built a new system (I'm running on a P4 and a Radeon 9700 Pro right now). Been doing some research through the various guides and what not but I still had some questions I figured I'd ask the experts.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A week or two
BUDGET RANGE: ~1200 after rebates. I'd consider going up to about 1500 if it was worth the price.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (I'd like to be able to run current games in high quality @ 1920x1080 but I don't necessarily need ultra quality), multiple spreadsheets/word/power point
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, optical drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Amazon because the the super saver/free standard shipping will ship to Hawaii for free (try go into newegg and put 96822 in the shipping calculator - you'd be surprised how much "additional fees" add up to ) but I have no problem using other reputable vendors if they offer better prices after shipping
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA - Hawaii
PARTS PREFERENCES: I definitely want to use a 20+ inch LCD. Trying to work with multiple spreadsheets and word documents at the same time is a hassle with my current 17 inch monitor . I also like the intel/ati combo because they just seem to be better atm but I could be wrong?
OVERCLOCKING: Probably not right now, but I wouldn't be against experimenting in the future after doing sufficient research.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire Yes but I'm open to changes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like the system to perform well by current standards and last a while but I don't need it to run ultra quality @ 200 fps 5 years from now. I'm pretty value conscious, I wouldn't mind spending a little bit more or less to get the best value for my dollar. Also, I don't want a case that has excessive lights or "bling"
I'm not set in stone on any of these parts
GPU: 2x 5770s
I don't really know which brand gives the best value. Different brands have different prices and I'm not really sure why. I was also considering going with a single 5850 but the 2x 5770 seems like better value?
Motherboard: Not sure. I know I need LGA 1156 socket/SATA/crossfire support. I'd also like either onboard wireless support or space for me to put my old wireless pci card.
Don't go into a build planning to crossfire right off the bat. It's best to get a better video card and then crossfire it down the road to get a little extra longevity out of it, so I would say go with the 5850.