I was trying to keep it under 700, but its like 50 over after rebates. Is this a Alright build for mostly playing wow and ff
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The base rig will be ok for a a good 3-5 years, in ~1.5-2.5 years you might want to add a 2nd GPU (your MB and PSU should allow that) or replace it, but that would probably be a 100-150$ investment. This will depend on the games you want to play, at which resolution and the technology that shows up until then.
you might also want to wait a week (Jan. 9th) for Sandy Bridge release. Even if this is not an Intel build, you might want to see the impact on overall market prices.
Im not very computer saveyy. ill be using it for wow and ff maybe some gta. my wife will be using it for photos videos and web browsing.
Then, if it fits you budget you can get a ASRock P67 Extreme4 or ASUS P8P67 PRO with i5-2500K (Total: 378-415$ vs 250$) or you can go for lower-end parts like GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 and i5-2300 for 315$, but you are sacrificing 500MHz, unlocked multiplier and SLI/XFire support for 60-100$. In the end, if you go for the "pricier" option it will cost you 165$ more than your original AMD build for a much more powerful CPU, but if the main goal is gaming, that amount of $$$ would be better used in a GPU upgrade.
I thought the 6870 was near the top tier in video cards .what would you recommend I switch it to?
I was just saying that Sandy Bridge would most likely just make your system "last longer" not necessarily perform better in games. If you wanted more performance, getting 2 HD 6850 in XFire would be an option, but only if you actually need that kind of performance.
Looking at your needs, a 6870 should do you fine, I think what Zenthar meant is that if you don't have the money to spend more on the CPU then hold back on the CPU and get a good graphics card.
Are you planning on overclocking? If it's a total no no then you can save around $10 and get a locked i5 2500 version.
You mentioned upgrading, but do you think you will be crossfiring later? as if you aren't overclocking or crossfiring, you can save a good amount of cash by going for an H67 Motherboard and a locked i5 2500.
But if you do plan on doing any of these things, i still think you should get a i5 2500k and one of the motherboards Zenthar recommended as it will be much more future proof where you can just upgrade Graphics card if needed.