I went ahead and put together a new system, and I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on it, but not before I get some feedback. My main goal was to build a system cabable of running SC2 on ultra at 1080p, but now I want it to do a bit more also My original budget was around $800, but I revised that to ~$1000. And, this is including everything except keyboard and mouse. Here's what I came up with:
1. I originally was going to go with AMD Phenom II 455 black x4, but switched to the Athlon II after reading that overclocking and unlocking the 4th core would essentially give me the Phenom II at half the price. Is this accurate?
2. Speaking of overclocking, any opinions on the CPU heatsink? Will it fit into the case I selected?
3. Originally was going to go with the 768 MB gtx460, but read lots of opinions that the 1GB is critical for running at higher resolutions. For $30, I thought it was a pretty easy decision.
4. Is the PSU adequate? I plan on overclocking, and don't want to skimp on power. Should I go to 750?
My final question is, how would this build hold up playing more graphic intensive games? Crysis seems like the game that pushes hardware limits. How well could this build realistically play that game?
Thanks for your help again, batuchka. I took a lot of your advice, except I'm really enamored with that lancool case, so I gotta stick with it, and the 650W power supply. But, I did decide to go with the Phenom II x4 and 5850. I think I'm good to go here. The mobo looks like a steal, as far as I can tell. Is ASRock have decent reputation? The reviews seemed alright overall.