Theres no real benefit from a x58 build over a p55 build when comparing gaming performance. The only situation would be if you were planning on more than 2 gpus. You'd get about an extra $100 to $150 to spend on gpu from your original budget.
For gaming, particularly for games like crysis, the video card is all important. Stretch to get the best one that you can afford. See if you can't justify a GTX570. I do not like sli up front, unless a single great card will not do the job. Some games do not respond well to dual gpu's. Only if you will use a 2560 x 1600 monitor or want triple monitors would greater than a GTX470 be warranted.
Nothing wrong with the i7-870. For gaming, I would turn off the hyperthreading to help the OC. I agree that for today, a i5-760 would be just as good. I would plan on a sandy bridge 2500K. Early tests shows it competing with a i7-980X.
Do you need a full ATX motherboard? Today, a mini-ATX form factor usually has enough onboard components, and with 4 slots, sli is still a possibility.
I like the storm sniper case, but there are some really nice micro-ATX cases around. The lian li V354 comes to mind. It comes in silver, black, and red: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hyper 212 is a good and appropriate cooler. Inexpensive too.
Are you a student with a .edu e-mail? If so, Windows-7 is about $30.
thanks guys will be going with i5 760, corsair 650tx
still deciding between 6850 and 460 gtx so any help would be appreciated there
Forgot to say 165 dollars was going towards the 1080p monitor and a keyboard
thanks cant really spend over $200 on a gpu right now
still would like to hear your thoughts on the 460 gtx vs the hd 6850 or any other cards in that price range so that i can spend less now and mabye buy a new card in a couple of years and do cf / sli
Does anyone else have the maximus 3 formula or have any opinions about it
Err the fact of the matter is the worst thing u could do is compromise on GPU for any half serious gaming rig In essence your config is cpu/mobo heavy and GPU lite - even more so with Crysis on the table ^^
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
i dont know i have read some decent reviews on the 5850 it seams like all i would need and it gives me room for an upgrade to cf in a few years. I also will use the computer for office 2007 and music and video in vlc and itunes so i think the $200 cpu is justified.