APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I would like to buy something within a week or so.
BUDGET RANGE: Between $1200 and $1500 - haven't decided if that should include the monitor (although if it can its a big plus)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Been using the same laptop last 7 years, before that I had a desktop for about 5 years, so its been a while, but I would like to play some games, I use microsoft word and excel alot, internet too. Would also like to set it up as a media station with my tv/dvr
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: software... although I will be using Windows 7
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com is fine.
PARTS PREFERENCES: the i5 750
OVERCLOCKING: Would like too SLI OR CROSSFIRE: in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I believe 1920x1080 -
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have been out of the computer gig for a while, looking at all this information its just overwhelming, at this point I just want a good computer i can game with, but when I need to work i can move between programs seemigliess. I also don't buy computers all that often, so I would like something I can be happy with for some time. Finally, a media station is a biggggggggg plus!!
Mother Board: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Intel P55 LGA 1156 Motherboard
Can't decide between these Graphic Cards:
GeForce GTX 470
Radeon HD 5870
2 x Radeon HD 5770 in CrossFire Configuration – seems like the best deal
Welcome to the forum. It shouldn't be too hard to fit an i5 build and a monitor into that budget. I priced out two potential builds and without combos you could get a Phenom II X4 build for about $80 less. Anyways, here's the components for the i5 one.
I choose the 5850 for the GPU, it will perform on par with crossfired 5770s and is a better choice. There's still room to upgrade as that comes to just $1100. Here's a monitor for you to consider. LCD:
1) The mobos mostly the same, I don't think I saw yours when I was posting, it is very good as well. Cases vary in build quality - sometimes it's not entirely based on price, but on the manufacturer. If I had to choose between those, I'd take the 900. There's also the 902 for a bit more.