other notes: i never plan to use more then 1 monitor, will be running a widespread genre of games from starcraft 2 to eve online to crysis to badcompany2 world in conflict etc etc,... i have no experiance overclocking cpu's or gpu's, will be running only 1 video card to start and adding a second later to save on the initial cost also will be running the stock cpu cooler to start and upgrading later if temps get too high
this will be my 1st build, i am upgrading from an hp m8000n i bought several years ago that has a athlon +5200 dual core and a radeon hd4350 vista 32bit
The second system is a lot more balanced. You don't need an i7 if the heaviest thing you'll be doing is gaming. You could drop to an i5-760 and get about the same performance for $200ish less. You could then turn around and put that money into a better video card. The 460 is great, but you can do better on that budget.
For the second system, consider switching to the 955; the 965 is just a 955 with the multiplier bumped up one. Since the Black Edition processors have an unlocked multiplier, you can easily do this yourself with practically zero risk. Also, that Crucial RAM is overpriced. These have lower latency and are $15 less: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Depends: how willing are u to await 19th October with the HD 6000 unleashed upon us? If you just need a working rig a.s.a.p i would go 955BE + IGP mobo like 785G/880G then await developments in the GPU front like revision of pricing scheme especially, etc
jesus mosox's build basically owns yours for 10$ more.....hes got a very nice build....
one thing you can do though is upgrade to the 890GX mobo (FX is overpriced) because it has better crossfire support then the one mosox listed (incase you wanna go that route) then save on a GPU for now....dont get one (the 890gx has an onboard 4290 you can use for now) wait for the ATI 6xxx series to come out, and then purchase an appropriate card (they should be out within the week).
i really like this,... my only thoughts are-
will that 5970 fit inside that LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62?
650w would be enough to cover everything?
is there any intel /nvidia build comparable?
is there a cheaper route to the same performance?
List of cases Below that will fit the 5970
1.Cooler Master Sniper Black Edition or regular(Will Fit)
2.CM HAF932 (Almost Identical to the inside of a sniper)
3.corsair 800d (Definitely fit!)
4.Coolermaster HAF 922. (Two inches past GTX 285)
5.Antec 1200 (Verified Pictures seen)
6.Silver Stone TJ07(Verified bye person here and another Forum)
7 Antec P193 - verified by HWZ
8.Silverstone Raven RV02 - verified by HWZ