I'm a first-time builder and I am in need of a new computer, as my Macbook is getting really old. After going through i7 builds and i5 builds, I have settled on this AMD 955 build for several reasons. The first and foremost reason being that it is just as powerful as my previous setup (i5 750) but it is about $100 cheaper. However, I don't want to be in a situation where I regret buying this because I could have spent a little bit more money to get a better component that would drastically improve performance for my needs. The only game I will be playing a lot is Starcraft II, which doesn't require an amazing GPU. PLEASE GO OVER THIS BUILD!!!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1000 USD Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: **MOST IMPORTANT** is just every day use, but the most intensive use will be for gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: HSF, (gonna get one if the stock one isn't adequate) keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: whatever is the cheapest and most reliable
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US (New York City)
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: should I get the 5770 or the 5850? is the aftermarket HSF any good for my build? (I will need it if the stock cooler sucks)
I won't need an aftermarket heatsink unless the stock does not perform up to par.
***NOTE*** I appreciate all feedback, but if you are suggesting a switch of one particular component to another, please explain WHY, instead of just telling me that I should do it. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!! [: