Looking for some advice. I'm a first time builder and have a budget around $1600. Hows it looking? I know 16gigs of RAM is overkill, but I'm looking for something I won't have to replace in 2 years, or at least can avoid replacing for a while.
I didn't include any software because I can buy the OS through my college for like $50, but I would like to know if it is necessary that I buy a special version of it other than just the normal Win 7-64 bit.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP. Next couple of weeks for sure.
BUDGET RANGE: 1500 AFTER REBATES
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly Gaming (SC2, Diablo III, MW2, etc) , some other media (movies, music while playing games)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (Hannspree 25'' LCD atm), Speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PART: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been looking mostly at AMD CPU & ATI Video Cards (I'm open to other options though). Definitely a mid-tower.
OVERCLOCKING: Not enough to hurt anything.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe a couple of years in. I don't think I'm ready yet.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200 if I can help it.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows are nice, but the more natural airflow the better. I don't want to have to spend $75 on aftermarket case fans.
I think your Build is good but i think a GTX 470 or GTX 460 SLI would be better than a 5850 but i guess im a Nvidia fanboy. But i dont think your Mother board supports SLI. And not see the point of having 16GB even if your going to keep it for 2 year+ i think 8GB is good enough. and spend more money on your motherboard rather than RAM