Any help on either lowering the price or getting better quality would be greatly appreciated. Ran into a brick wall making this thing any better for the price point. Also am going to get a CM Hyper 212+ but don't put it in the price.
Don't know much about intel but if I could get something better for the price I guess I'll build it instead.Keep reading good reviews about sandy bridges but don't want to blow the budget either. Was also looking at ATI radeon how comparable are they to the geforces? Can't find benchmarks for the 6000 series on this website to see what Tom shows for their stats.
AnandTech (www.anandtech.com/tag/gpus) is a pretty good site to check out for benchmarks, when Tom's doesn't have what you need, so you might check there.
My first build had a GeForce Ti 4200, which I loved, and I just put together a new budget gaming rig about 11 months ago, and was pretty set on Nvidia, but ended up going with a Radeon HD 5770, because it seemed ATI's prices for performance were just better. So, I definitely would try to find some benchmarks/reviews of the ATI GPUs in your price-range, and see how they stack up to Nvidia's.
I was looking and am currently thinking of getting the 6850 after seeing benchmarks against the 460 i think im going to go with it ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 . but now my question is am i going to have compatability issues with is being sli mode board running in the future crossfire?
Fully Unlocked Flexibility and Freedom
With its fully unlocked multiplier, the Intel Core i5-2500K processor allows full control over the processor core/turbo and DDR3 ratios as well as power and current limits for the best possible overclocking results. It also allows for processor graphics overclocking for improved 3D performance. Intel’s cutting-edge 32nm micro-architecture with 2nd gen Hi-K+ metal gate process delivers the 2nd generation Intel Core processors with higher performance at lower power, thus better overclocking capability. (Intel P67 Express Chipset required for core and memory overclocking, and Intel H67 Express Chipset required for graphics overclocking.)
So, do you want to tweak and overclock things? If that's something you're into or that makes you excited, I'd get this one, if it's something you'd rather or normally never bother with, I'd probably get the other.