Hey TH, long time reader, first time poster. After days of poring over reviews and forum posts, I believe I've come up with a good, future-proof gaming rig without breaking the bank.
My requirements were:
-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat DX11 Ultra NoAA or 2xAA > 40fps @ 1920x1200(my favorite pc game)
-NOT a full tower (I live in a dorm, and moving this thing home and back on a monthly basis is a must)
-As future-proof as possible (newest mobo, best video card to crossfire)
-Crossfire in the future (when I need it/price drops for same card I already have)
-Overclocking - I ordered a CPU cooler in the event I have my mobo do it's OC Genie magic on it. We'll see how it goes. I'm not a true enthusiast as I don't think I'll be OCing my video card though...
I ordered everything from Newegg as I live in NYC, so shipping from NJ is like 20 bucks.
Here's whats on the list. Let me know how well I did =D
-Thermaltake Element G VL18501W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 850W W0319RU Modular Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811133175 $179.99
-MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130274 $199.99
-XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150490 $389.99
-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727 $179.99
I remember I chose the MSI 890FXA-GD70 Mobo because it supported 2 pcie cards at full 16x speed for both, and I will probably get a second 5870 and cpu for xmas that can support that kind of power.
The least expensive 6GB/s HD that newegg has in stock is the 1TB WD black, which is getting pretty good reviews iirc. If I'm gonna get a board that supports 6gbps, might as well get an HD that can perform that fast I figure.