SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Adobe After Effects
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, os
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 750, Ati Hd 5870,
OVERCLOCKING: Probably not anytime soon, but you never know.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Depends on mobo and CPU compatibilty I guess. (I don't know much about Crossfire.)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just want some help seeing what the cheapest route is with an i5 750 and hd 5870. I want chose the 5870 because I want to try gaming on my 47 inch lcd. So I figured the 5870 would give me decent fps. Another reason I am posting here is because I don't know jack about motherboards. So I don't want to waste money on incompatible hardware.
I like your build, $1100 is a realistic figure for me. I originally wanted to go with an Amd x4 965 be, but Everyone said I would be better off getting a i5 750. So that's why I came here for pricing options.
You wouldn't necessarily be better off with the i5. It's just a little more powerful than the X4s. That said, you'd have an upgrade path for the CPU with the X4, and you'd save around $100. If you're interested, check out the X4 955 (the same as the 965 except without a factory overclock) and a Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.