as for questions
1. Should I go intel or AMD for this build
2. What motherboard would you say is necessary if I want to may be some day sli but really haven no idea
3. Should I wait to build till amd and intel release new hardware (sandy bridges, bulldozer, etc.)
4. Monitor, what is your personal preference, and what do you think would be a good choice for me. BTW this will be used in my dorm as both my tv and monitor.
If you want to SLi, go with an nforce 980a MB. Know that two GTS 450 ($180 right now) or GTX 460 outperform a single 470 in almost every respect. A 650W power supply would suffice with your 470 or SLi 460's. A 600W PSU would be sufficient for dual 450's. I would stay with the AMD chipset if the point of this build is budget. If you're prepared to wait to build this system, buy it on black friday or cyber monday (the friday or monday after thanksgiving), they have VERY good deals on those days.
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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PNY XLR8 VCGGTX4601XPB-OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" 2ms(GTG) Ring stand and Ergo-fit technology Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDMI
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Thanks for the over view and addition of the psu. I already have my raven tower so no need for the haf 932. I would prefer a slightly bigger monitor for my photo editing. Also is there a reason you changed out the gtx 470 for the 460?
ahhh sorry, on both counts.. =D....☺ it is OC'ed.. (plus I skim the threads, and I am woooozy from my sleeping pill(YES THEY ARE PRESCRIBED TO ME) (I take 4 and they barely make me sleepy)
can you have the system at home and use your TV for larger monitor? drop a little bit money on another GPU, maybe you can afford another 460/470.
Those sleeping pills sound alot like roofies
Well I graduate this year and then am off to college, I would prefer instead of buying a tv and monitor to just buy one that will fit between the 2 sizes and work for both.
As for the extra card I cant put out the extra 40-60 bucks to upgrade to 470 from the 460 but dropping another 180 on graphics cards is a little out of my budget, may be in the future I can add another and sli but not right now sadly.
GTX 470's are going on a crazy sale.
plus the nVidia GTX 5 series is about to drop.
but if your going to run an amd chip the go ATi with the graphics too..
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8GB (4 x 2GB) G.SKILL Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1333 Model F3-10666CL8D-8GBHK
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II
SAMSUNG BLU-RAY COMBO 8X BLACK BD ROM/DVD WRITER
go through the student program from microsoft and get win7 for like $30..!
also, run dual monitors..
When or where have the GTX 470 gone on sale?? Also I really have no problem with going intel over amd if thats what you recommend I am just trying to get the highest performance within my budget that has room for upgrades, over clocking, and may be core unlocking. I think I prefer the nvidia graphics cards to the amd ones =/
Also could you may be post a link/links to some of the items you suggested.