Before I begin... yes I know that I can build by own for cheaper, but I don't have the a) time b) manual dexterity, and c) money in case I screw something up. I'd rather have it built and tested for me, and I've used AVAdirect for my last PC and I plan on using them again. My first question is has anyone had any experience with them recently? My last PC purchase from them was in 2007. More importantly though, I'm looking for some advice on a build from them. My budget is no more then $875 or so including shipping. So the build itself should be no more then $840. I plan on using it primarily for gaming, but I'm not looking for the ability to play at super high resolutions. My monitor only supports 1280x1024 and I might hook it up to my HDTV and play at 720p. Here's what I've come up with so far.
# COOLER MASTER, Centurion 5 II Black/Silver Mid-Tower Computer Case w/ Window, ATX, No PSU, Steel/Aluminum/Plastic
# OCZ, StealthXStream 2 Power Supply, 600W, 80 PLUS®, 24-pin ATX12V v2.2 EPS12V, 1x 6-pin + 1x 8/6-pin PCIe, Retail (this I'm not really sure about at all... other then 80 plus being important)
MB - That Asus board is fine, but if you are considering multiple GPUs down the road, then get a board with two PCIe @ 8x/8x. That M4A87TD board is 16x/4x and that 4x on the second GPU will perform badly.
PSU - +1 on an Antec PSU.
HDD - Consider the Samsung Spinpoint F3 before the Seagate Barracuda.
Antec is better. A better video card if you plan a full HD monitor.
Actually, at 1280 x1024, the 460 is a waste. I suggest you save some money and go with the 275. The only reasons to get a 460 would be:
2) Lower heat production due to less wattage used
3) The GTX460 can OC better than a GTX275, esp. since it has voltage control whereas the 275 doesn't. It also has better OC scaling (each % increase in clocks yields a higher % increase in fps).
4) GTX460 gives you more memory.
If any of the above aren't driving points, you will get roughly the same performance in real world scenarios. Check the charts.
The two cards trade blows depending on what game you're playing. also, what upgrades are you planning. 500W is enough for anything except SLI in which case, you can't use anyways because that board doesn't support it and if you were going to do crossfire, that board isn't good anyways because it is only x16/x4 and you need at least x8/x8. If you are going to do SLI, 650W should be plenty. AMD cards use less power so you could probably get away with 550-600 with two 6850's
I don't plan on doing SLI/crossfire, but I'll probably be upgrading the video card a couple years down the road. I'm assuming that the trend is toward less power consumption anyway... so if 500w will be good for single gpu systems in the next few years then that'll work...