Hi guys! I sold my desktop months ago (e8400 O.C. 3.6 GHz, ATI 5770, 2gb DDR2) and want to upgrade to an i5 build
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner the better
BUDGET RANGE: $1,000-1,500 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Starcraft 2, WoW Cataclysm, Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, Modern Warefare 2) Light video editing with Sony Vegas, watching movies, surfing, office 2007
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA?
PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus, Gigabyte, XFX, Evga, Corsair
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, if the games I play benefit from it
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Low heat! My room got way to hot with my last desktop, I would also like to achieve 3 GHz+ on the i5 750. And what is your opinion on SLI/Crossfire and SSD drives? Would I see a good enough benefit for the games I play? Would a sound card give a performance boost? Because I've already damaged my hearing enough from my car, so I won't mind onboard audio. I also don't need to "max out" every res/shadow/setting but at the same time I would like this computer to last 3+ years.
That ssd is too small IMO, and there are rumors of price drops and/or capacity increases just a couple of months away. I would wait to pull the trigger unless you are sure.
Crossfire would be counter to your goal of not throwing off too much heat. You have already used a 5770 in the past, but the resolutions you are running that should work for you. Where is the fun in that? The GTX 460 are supposed to run relatively cool but I haven't used one.
Sound card. I would pass, there may be some theoretical advantage somebody might throw out there, but onboard has been the default for years
I am going to plead ignorance on 1156 boards, never done any research for a build on them so I would just be recycling recommendations.
Cold Cathode. If you want to waste 6 bucks cause you like them then that is all the reason you need, light that SOB up and get 2.
Nice find on the Hard drive and RAM! And you answered most of my questions, With the Sli/Crossfire I was thinkin of two lower end cards so there would be less heat. And for the small resolution, I just dont like gaming on a big screen =\