i was planing on playing at 1920x1200, and thanks for tip on the sandy bridge didn't think the i5's would be that much. My big concern is games running smoothly on high settings, I've read mixed reviews on GTX460 some saying it overheats, but some say it's a high end card... Forgot to mention I plan on upgrading in the future to sli or crossfire
Thanks for the great input wish the sandy bridge mobo had a price tag. So do you think its best to use the stock heatsink and fan
That all depends on whether you plan on over clocking or not. If not, the stock intel set up should do ya just fine. Either way I would get a decent after market thermal paste like that Tuniq up above.
It seems the sandy bridge mobo's are confusing and only access certain parts of the cpu. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284972-30-sandybridge...... btw everyone you have been a huge help I thank you. Also I wonder if i decide to get 2 460's in the future will the psu be enough for the sandy bridge cpu and mobo
well, Sandy Bridge is out now... and attractive as it is... they're a bit pricey... so you're going to have to invest over $400 for a core i5-2500K /w a decent P67 motherboard that can also support Crossfire/SLI
now that leaves you with less than $400 for the rest of the machine... so again, i recommend that if you want to game properly @ 1920x1200... best if you go AMD /w better graphics in order to build the best balanced PC you can... (or up your budget to ~$1000)
the build i posted above (if you go with a Radeon 6850 / GTX 460 1GB graphics) -> will keep you under $800 - allow you to game properly @ 1920... and will also be able to handle 2 of either of those cards in the future...