ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first build. As far as my gaming goes, im always a late adapter. I enjoy older games (fallout series, kotor, starcraft, c&c, and even older), but would like to be able to play some new games(fallout 3, new starcraft & diablo, bioshock, dead space) with decent settings. Eventually i would like to also use this system with a 42" or larger hdtv. This system would be used mostly on a day to day basis for music production and photoshop and normal internet/email. I've spent 3-4 months doing research on parts, cpu's, and everything else. im leaning towards and amd build for cost, but if someone can prove and intel build would better suite me, im open. Thanks in advance for any info and feedback. I've put this off for too long now and ready to get things rolling!
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Thanks for the response. I don't know if I really need the power of a 5870. For a while I was even debating going with a 5830, but figured a 5850 would be better equipped for longevity. One of the reasons I leaned toward the Asus mobo & GPU is that as someone so eloquently put, if I have a problem with compatibility, you go to the same company. That, plus the built in overclocking ability(if I ever decided to). I'd rather spend the money on RAM or HDD to improve performance if it was there. You did suggest a 750w psu, so I'm wondering, is a 600w not enough to run the setup, or not a good choice for future proofing?
There won't be any real world difference between those two sticks.
The 5870 is nice because it can currently get playable FPS on any game out there with max details at 1080p resolutions. The 5850 can't.
As for the Asus board and GPU, there won't be any compatibility issues with not using parts from the same company. Gigabyte and Asus are the top two board manufacturers. If a GPU company made a unit that wasn't compatible with their boards, they'd be in major trouble with low sales. If you're really concerned about it, Gigabyte makes GPUs too.
The automatic overclocking feature is a waste of money. You can get a better overclock by doing it yourself.
I'm not sure why you mentioned the RAM and HDD. The RAM I linked to above is already extremely high quality and has great specs with a good price. The HDD is one of the fastest and has an amazing price. You could spend more on both of those parts, but you wouldn't really get anything more for the extra cost.
I suggested a 750W PSU for the possibility of adding a second 5870 in Crossfire later. If you went with the 5850, a 650W may be sufficient if you don't apply a massive overclock and add a bunch of extra components. That said, that deal is a very good one, and I'd find it hard to pass up. Unless you don't like how the case looks.