I'm currently debating between getting a refurb Alieware ALX from Dell or making a modified version of the $1000 System Build Marathon.
The Alienware would have
- Processor: Intel Core i7-860 Processor (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
- 1 TB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
- 6 GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM 1333MHz (4 DIMMs)
- 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
- 1 GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 GDDR5
This all comes in at $1,300 but with a 1 year warranty and Alienware keyboard and mouse. Only a monitor needs to be bought.
The alternative is to build a modified version of the $1,000 system.
^Are you sure it's a good idea to get two completely different GTX 460's? Won't it affect SLI performance if their clocked differently?
I was under the impression that it was best to use two identical cards.
for $1,300 you could get a wonderful gaming computer but probably don't bother with SLI if you're not going to get an x58 board; get a really great single card to start out with like the Radeon HD 5870.
Also that i5/GTX 460 combo is not a very good price. You can pick up an i5 750 or 760 for $200 so that's about $225 for the GTX 460? Why bother buying the bundle; they cost that much anyway (Well, other brands).
You can use 2 different brand GPUs in SLI as long as they're the same GPU. SLI will automatically downclock to match the lowest speed card, but you can easily overclock them again (MSI Afterburner). Back in the day, you couldn't SLI if the brands were different.
I agree with the bundle comment; I'd also recommend a few more bucks for the EVGA EE 1GB GTX 460 with the lifetime warranty. They're great overclocked