I'm planning on building an $800 gaming computer, but I've only built one computer before and I had help from a friend of mine.
So I thought I'd post this here before I even consider getting any of it.
Here is the build (and case, suggestions welcome there too).
I put this up to the judgement of the tom's hardware gods.
I know there are other viable and well used builds for around this price, but I was wondering if this would work.
If there is anything that can be swapped out for something equally good but cheaper, please do tell.
$800 is the limit, but if I can go cheaper for the same performance (this will be primarily a gaming comp) I would love to know!
Thanks in advance for any input.
EDIT:changed OP to represent my new choices in components
5970 faster in 8 benchmarks
sli 460 faster in 1
729 vs 783
Granted a 5970 is not an awesome deal for $280 more ($400 vs $680). 5870 xfire scaling is pretty horrendous ATM, which ATI hopefully will fix.
What's more interesting the 768 460 vs 5850 comparison
76 vs 91
5850 faster by 19.74%
33 vs 38
5850 faster by 15.15%
47 vs 62
5850 faster by 31.91%
14 vs 19
5850 faster by 35.71%
Far Cry 2
55 vs 59
5850 faster by 7.27%
46 vs 64
5850 faster by 39.13%
Bad COmpany 2
32 vs 43
5850 faster by 34.38%
87 vs 101
5850 faster by 16.09%
the 5850 is Faster in every case, average of 22.15%
More importantly, bad company 2 and crysis warhead really need the 5850 to get to the 40fps mark.
Price is $200 vs $290. Anandtech's analysis that the 5850 should really be @ $260(original launch price) is pretty much spot on for equal price/performance. With combo deals you can get pretty close to that number for a 5850. The 460's pretty much only combo to $10 less.
Given the normal industry price premiums, it's not a bad deal.
As for the OP, well, he's at 1440 x 900, so it doesn't really matter since even the 5770 can max out any game at that resolution with over 40fps.
I may be upgrading to a 5850 depending on how things work out (if that new monitor is pulling through or not), and if that is the case, is there anything I would have to change?
I like that I got some other builds here, but I'm trying to stick close to my original plan so long as there is nothing obviously inferior about it in comparison to another build.
Once again I appreciate the help, looks like I'm closing in on the final build!