Well folks, after years of tinkering with retail PC's I'm ready to build my own from scratch. I've been doing a ton of reading and have pieced together a rough list of what I think might work. My biggest concerns are:
1: Best performance for price range (under 1300 after rebates)
2: Cost effective
3: Will be able to play the upcoming titles at decent settings without having to swap things out every 6 months.
4: No bottlenecks or anything WAY outperforming other areas.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 3 weeks BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1300 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATi, full case
OVERCLOCKING: Yes CROSSFIRE: I'd like to, if it makes sense
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1680x1050, may upgrade later
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Willing to splurge in certain areas for a significant performance increase.
I want to build a stout machine for gaming that can play the current titles at high settings with no prob, but can also play future titles at fairly high settings for some time to come. I'd rather spend a little extra now and be set for a while than have to constantly replace things. Also, there's no aftermarket CPU cooler on the list yet. I won't be overclocking this guy to the extreme, but I do want to get the most out of my parts. So feel free to suggest a cooler.
So, with all that in mind how does everything look. Is it worth the price in getting a SATA 6 HD? Will it make that much of a difference? Any ways you folks can see to maybe cut the cost down a touch while still keeping the performance up there? After rebates and combo discounts I'm looking at a total cost of ~$1240.
The 5870 will be competely overkill until you upgrade. If you're willing to switch to AMD, which will offer about the same performance for less and still have an upgrade path, you'd be able to buy a new 1080p monitor now.