This is my first build and I'm stuck on what mobo/cpu combination to purchase. I was leaning towards the 1156 sockets but I wanted to ask you guys first. I would prefer an ATI card, (6950!). Although my budget is ~1000, I am pretty flexible.
A 1156 build offers best value for money in my opinion, if you aren't a real tech head and just want a fast gaming platform that isn't going to cost the Earth a 1156 is pretty safe. 1366 offers better choices but at a cost. 1155 are currently under recall due to sata issues, so give them a miss.
NOTE: That being said about that particular monitor, I have an ACER G245H 24" Glossy style LCD that I picked up here in Australia for about $180 after rebate. It's a bit bigger than the one I linked and I can say that I have found it very good so far. Given that things tend to be cheaper in the US you should find one there for less than I paid here.
Doing the math in my head that is about $1000 give or take fifty bucks.
There aren't many games out there this won't run with EASE. Better than my rig and mine can max out anything I've thrown at it so far.
That mobo doesn't work for Xfire. Min is x8, not x4. Especially on the P55 chipset with it's half speed PCIE lanes, x4 is horrendous. Plus, in xfire, you end with with worse performance than a single x8 or x16 chip since Xfire scales to speed of slowest GPU.
Agreed on the motherboard, had a better look and it isn't the best choice, but only if you intend to crossfire. For one card it is adequate.
Banthracis: When offering your opinion on a choice offered, it is good protocol to suggest a better one. Which would you recommend to suit the OP's budget?
+1 the Samsung, I'm a bit out of date.
As for the Blu-ray it would be worth asking the OP. I personally don't use one but it depends on whether he purchases games online or not, retail box games will move to blu-ray eventually.
So, would you use blu-ray? If not you could save yourself a few bucks there.
+1 the Asus monitor, looks good and as I said I don't know much about monitors. Better warranty and service is always a plus.
The OP is on a budget so newer sockets will most likely be out of the price range for the time being. I'm not sure which pricepoints will come in with bulldozer, hopefully attractive ones as I'm waiting for that myself. As for intel 1366 is more costly and 1155 has the plague.
The PSU is the weak link here. A corsair tx650 would be a better choice at only slightly more in terms of monetary sacrifice. The cooler master psu's aren't famous for being the best BUT the GX 650 is listed as AMD certified for the 6950 as long as you only want to run ONE of them. Reviews are one thing, but of the dozens of GX650s that have moved from my friends store, none have come back.
I did forget the OS however *headslap*
I habitually buy my HDDs overseas where they offer to preinstall Windows for you.
waiting for OP to respond to whether he needs an OS or not. THat $100 make a big diff with his budget. I usually wait on full builds till I get all the info I need to make a good rec.
Technically the 1155 i5 2500 is the same price as an i5-760, slightly more for the k version. It's just not being sold thanks to it's chipset being recalled. If OP is willing to wait a big for SB, then I'd recommend a 1155 mobo, if not, then I'd go with a phenom II x4 build.
Could do an 1156 build, but for straight out gaming, long as OP is gaming at 1080p, there really isn't much diff since he'll be GPU limited, not CPU.
P7p55 d-e pro for 1156, GA 890x ud3 for Phenom II x4. SB, well depends on if mobo makers have any changes to board designs once they release boards with new chipsets.