APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of August (after summer wages are earned)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (may eventually purchase Blu Ray drive to watch movies on TV)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All parts required (however, I'm mostly interested in help on tower components)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Have been using newegg, but am open to other sites
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor (i7-930)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future, want a good enough graphics cards for now and upgrade to Crossfire when I need too
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Although value and performance are very important to me, I also want to balance those with future expandability ("future proof," I guess?). The main goal of this computer is to run the next wave of Blizzard games (maxed out); however, I want to be able to run any game of my choosing on very high settings.
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281-2GVXSR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... My main questions regarding this build involve the graphics card. I'm currently flip flopping between 5850 and 5870 (Am I right in thinking the current generation of Nvidia are to be avoided?), guidance and advice would be much appreciated. Also, if I opt for a 5850 is it worth getting one of the 2GB variations? And finally, are the high end graphics card manufacturers worth their premium?
3. HDD - Definitely this one...
Samsung F3 1TB - A very fast 1TB at a very good price...
4. CASE - HAF 922 is very solid Mid-high budget case with lots of room and very good airflow...
5. PSU - No doubt about that PSU...
6. Graphics card - There is no significant performance increase with a 2GB card...stick with 1GB... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-161-331^14-161-331-TS,14-150-490^14-150-490-TS,14-125-316^14-125-316-TS,14-121-374^14-121-374-TS
And if you will mainly be playing Blizzard games and might add another card in crossfire, then the HD 5850 is not a bad idea at all...It is also a very powerful card for 1080p resolution... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-125-318^14-125-318-TS,14-150-491^14-150-491-TS,14-127-500^14-127-500-TS,14-150-494^14-150-494-V01,14-121-375^14-121-375-TS
^ Any of those that I linked are as good...
You pay extra for the mild overclock that it comes with...
Get any of the above r this if you want Sapphire - Non-overclocked Vapur-X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you check out the CCC, it allows you to overclock any HD 5850 to those speeds...
The OP's build is almost identical to the build that I started out wanting to buy for my first gaming rig. Bottom line is that your not going to be able to find all of those parts for $1500. You'll likely spend $1800-$2000 for that build. For the build that I ultimately chose, I downgraded to the Core i7 860, a LGA 1156 motherboard, and 4GB of dual channel memory. Those compromises will save you a good deal of cash and you'll maintian excellent performance at 1920 x 1080. If you choose to crossfire 5850s or use a single 5870, I can't imagine a blizzard game that could challenge that system. Though by using a single gpu, you could get by with a lower wattage PSU (mabye 600 or 650).
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note: $99/ $20 off, $20 Mail-in rebate, and 20% off with promo code "bigsave20" = $44! Good deal!
Case, Monitor, Hard Drive, and Disc Drives are all personal preference. Don't forget to factor in the operating system. All together I spend around $1500 with a few great deals.
"You'll likely spend $1800-$2000 for that build" (midd2006)
Could you elaborate? With gkay09's advice I was able to get the final cost of the tower down to about $1450. While I grant I will end up paying about $1800-$2000 for everything including a monitor, OS, speakers, and a gaming mouse/keyboard, the tower is what I wanted to spend around $1500 on, and as far as I can tell, mission accomplished.
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz
GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
TOTAL COST: $1472
Although I appreciate your (midd2006) advice on the processor concession, one of the main goals of this computer is upward mobility in the future, and I'm willing to take a bit of a hit on the processor and motherboard.