System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, mostly gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, want to buy a bigger better monitor at a later date.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter. I heard AMD is cheaper so I went that route.
Overclocking: Maybe, My first build so IDK yet
SLI or Crossfire:Maybe in the future if I need too
Monitor Resolution:1024x768 but would like to upgrade in future
Additional Comments: This is my first build. I want to play games on it without any problems. Here are the parts I'm thinking about getting. I don't know much so let me know your thoughts. Let me know if I need to upgrade or downgrade. The total is already $749 and I still would need to buy OS that would a $100 more. So I would like to keep it at this price or lower. Is it possible to play games at high on this built. Thanks
this build should be able to play anythign out there and leave you room to only have to upgrade the video card possibly once you get your new monitor. IE the cpu is powerful enough that putting a better card in later won't likely ause it to be cpu bottlenecked
Easy way to lower price would be $10 by dropping to standard CM 690II/win 7 combo, $15 by going with a 500gb f3 instead, or $20 with a 500gb 7200.12.
Build is xfire capable and has a GPU ready for gaming on a 1080p monitor.
I should add the caveat that the release of sandy bridge in early Jan, and the 69XX GPu's later this month all have the potential to cause major price shifts downward. So if you can wait, it may be well worth it.
Asus mobo's are higher quality, however that one is NOT xfire capable. 1 of the PCIe slots is x4, meaning it can't be used for a second GPU. Min is x8 for single GPU cards, x16 for dual GPU cards like the 5970. Anything less and you have significant performance loss.