$500 gamer build, price excluding the i7 990x

I'm building a new system, a cheap start that i can upgrade later.

Approximate Purchase Date: next couple weeks and later upgrades

Budget Range: 500-600 after rebate

System Usage: The end game for this setup is to be able to play BFBC2,BC2 vietnam , COD: Black ops, SC2, the upcoming diablo3, SW:the force unleashed 2, SW:the old republic and many a game below those on high, not max, settings, 60fps, on 1440X900 720p monitor and have a second non or hd monitor for watching movies,youtube,etc.

Parts Not Required: Antec Earthwatt 650w PSU only a few months old,
Antec Three Hundred case, i7 990x, HDDs, mouse keyboard etc.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences:
Asus sabertooth x58
or EVGA x58 sli 3 (~$210 for either)
with the p6t being 70 more

ati 5770 (~130)

or a better one around $200, nvidia or ati

3x2 corsair ddr3 1600 (~$70)

and ionno XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 (~$25)

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: Before this gets derailed into a how i wasted my money and should have got a sandybridge or amd discussion i got the 990x for free, so that is what i'm using for this computer.

Now, the real question is, which mobo is more stable, or is there a better one less than the p6t, and should I buy a 5770 with the intention of buying multiple 5770s, 1 now 2nd in 2-3 months 3rd in 4-8, or should I opt to buy a more expensive one now, like a 5870 or x460, and get crossfire/sli 6 or 8 months down the road, and can my PSU handle 3-crossfires?i believe the 5770 are 104w max, so it could that, but if i got the 5870, 180w max, i may need to replace it later.

trying to keep it around $500 start up, with the intention of being able to spend money down the road upgrading ram, graphics, HDDs, monitor, fan and PSU for overclocking later.
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  1. Retarded. No need to get that CPU with the rest of your parts so low end.
  2. no reason for a x58 build with a low buget. Get an amd or 1156 build and save some money for more gpu
  3. Yeah, and i said in my post i got the cpu for free, why would i not use it? I can't sell it, it would be pointless to buy a motherboard cpu combo when I already have a cpu.
  4. My suggestion, sell that 990x that you will never even come close to maxing out, and build a system with a better graphics card and SSD for storage, hell even upgrade your monitor since you seem to be running a 19".
  5. ^+ what he said. Thats a $1000 chip. You could easily get 850ish for it. on top of what you have you can make yourself a nice desktop
  6. Except i can't sell it, the program that lets me have it states that i can't resell it under penalty of some pretty hefty fines and legal action, which is why i said i can't sell it.
  7. u got from sttd lcp.. i got one. looking for motherboard also .. and it not cheap
  8. In that case, grab the x58 sabertooth. It has some reasonable OC potential for a reasonable amount of money. No need a rampage board.

    6 GB is sufficient for your needs.

    For GPU, i suggest you get 6850 and crossfire it when you have the extra cash. A dual 6850 setup wins a single gtx580/ati 5970.

    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

    Now whatever you have left, put it towards a new monitor fund, preferably a 1080p model. No need an additional monitor. The 6850 will give you good/high resolution for current/near future games on 1080p.
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