My friend asked me to put a build together for him, for gaming (bc2, sc2). I haven't really paid attention recently after finishing my own build, so I need some thoughts on these choices. The budget is as close to 650 as possible.
His res is 1680x1050. My goal was to put together something that'll rock at his (kinda low) res and will be expandable for the future-ish should he buy a bigger monitor or start playing a really brutal game.
I do suggest, getting a Antec Three Hundred without a PSU, and buy a OCz, Corsiar, or Seasonic PSU of around 500w.
if my friend does decide to forgo the super cheap combo (which puts this build at its budget) he certainly isn't going to get a 500w, which is more than enough for a single card and not enough for two.
The 5770 is a bit underpowered @ 1680 x 1050 once you turn on AA and AF. I would skimp on the CPU and go x3 and get a cheaper mobo like the ASRock 870 Extreme 3. take the ~$90 u save there and get a 5870 for $195 AR. From a gaming perspective, this will pwn.