APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the summer BUDGET RANGE: $1300-$1500 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, school work, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case (Full Tower)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: i5, EVGA gtx 400 series gpu, Asus motherboard, Corsair modular Powersupply, DX 11 graphics card
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this computer to play most current games at around 30fps. I don't want the computer to be very loud, but it does not have to be silent. Since I will not be doing any overclocking at first, I will stick with the stock cpu cooler that comes with the cpu and then later upgrade to a hyper 212+ or a Corsair h50.
The ram you cangle mentioned or the one I mentioned are both much better. Although you have to OC the doniators to fully utuilize them. A friend of mine though said that gigabyte boards even atomattically OC it to cl6.
And I would take the nvidia. Not because it's better because it isn't. But because nvidia is cool and the 470 will compare quite well with a 5870 at your res with settings on highest. The fact is that fermi has no trouble with settings and the 5870 exels at making lots of pixels. So if you want huge screens or multiple go ati otherwise nvidia.