Hello, I’m looking to build a pair of new computers, one for me and one for my wife. We typically play MMOs, looking forward to FFXIV, would love it at max settings. Im running a 24" monitor, (1280x1024, looks good to me lol). I haven’t built a computer before, but I’ve done my homework and put together the following.
What I’m hoping for is criticism/feedback as to making sure its all compatible, that I haven’t missed anything, like better deals for the $, and overall views.
At 1280x1024, the 5850 is as big as I would go. Actually, I might just stick with a 5770 if you're going to continue to use that monitor. Alternatively, since you have an SLI-capable motherboard, you might also look at the GTX 460.
If you are considering a monitor upgrade to 1920x1080, you might look into a 5870, but the 5850 will probably be more than adequate for a while.
The XFX 850W PSU is pretty darn silent, I have one myself. Unsure about the 5850, but it shouldn't be too taxed at 1280x1024, and it's generally considered a fairly quiet video card. Other than that, getting a well-ventilated case (like an HAF) is the best thing you can do to keep the computer quiet. More ventilation = less heat = fans have to work less.
You might consider the Asus P7P55D-E Pro, as it has USB 3.0 support, which isn't mainstream yet, but should be within a year or two.
As far as processors, both AMD and Intel are releasing new processors next year. So theoretically, any processor/mobo combination you get is going to be dead in the near future. Of course, that means something completely different for hardware, as opposed to software. Either an i5 or an AMD Phenom II X4 will be fine to game on for the next 2-3 years. If you can afford to wait, you might consider it, but if you need it now, there's no reason to hold off.