Hi, this will be my first time building a computer and I just wanted to check and see if these parts are compatible, and if any of you guys had any suggestions to make it better without a big difference in price (I can't really go over $850). BTW, this computer will be mostly used for gaming.
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1)One problem with your build, your motherboard you picked out wont support crossfire/sli, try the p7p55d-e pro instead, excellent board.
2)You can save money by switching to a spinpoint f3 1tb hdd, cheaper than the cav black and just as good.
3)You wont be bottlenecking a 6850 cf is you overclock your i5 a bit. You'll need an after market cooler for that, like the hyper 212+ for $30.
Couple more questions. While I was browsing online, I found out that the Fry's by my house is going to be selling an i7 950 for $200, the same price as the i5 760 sitting in my newegg shopping cart. Would it be worth getting and upgrading my motherboard to a Asus P6X58D-E Socket 1366 Intel X58 motherboard if it'll only cost me a bit more?
Finally, do you guys think now is a good time to get these parts? Or would I be better off waiting till Jan when Intel releases Sandy Bridge even though I have a 800ish dollar budget?
The cpus being released next month will replace the p55 systems. So you could wait and save some money and get the newer processors, or hope it reduces current prices, or just buy now and dont look back lol. I'd personally wait just cause its a short time anyways. You might have a chance to save some more money and get a better build if you want.
With a smaller budget like yours id stay with a p55 or am3 build right now. The x58 build requires a more expensive mobo + extra ram which adds to the cost. The i7 wont give you extra performance in games anyways so it would be a waste.
Sandybridge will cost a lot more than the current processors, since there is more on the chip. Also, the graphics won't compare to a 6850, so what you will be getting now (in addition to the i7 processor with a 3 piece RAM bundle) will not disappoint.
Just make sure the motherboard, whichever you buy, has crossfire support. It's easy to find out if it does if you look at the specs.