System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming only
Parts Not Required: Keyboard (Logitech G15), Mouse (Logitech G5), OS (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com; microcenter; tigerdirect; amazon
Country of Origin: United States, Los Angeles CA
Parts Preferences: Don't Care; Most bang for my buck
Overclocking: Maybe (in the future)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in the future)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This is my first gaming build, and I would like this to sustain me a year or so, when I will upgrade to Skyrim. I know this is a tight budget, because I need a monitor as well, please any help would be appreciated. Some parts I was thinking about are:
DVD DRIVE: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 67296&SID=
PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 67296&SID=
CASE: Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 67296&SID=
You'll need a different motherboard if you want to run SLI or Crossfire in the future. That board only has two PCIe 2.0 slots, one of which runs at x16 bandwidth and the other runs at x4 bandwidth, which is too low to run a video card well. Also, AM3 motherboards do not support SLI unless it has a Nvidia chipset or the Lucid Hydra bridge chip, which doesn't seem well liked by some people. Look for a motherboard that supports 2 PCIe 2.0 slots both at x16 or x8 bandwidth.
If I were you I'd switch the video card to a HD 6870 or 6850, that way you could run Crossfire in the future since all AMD motherboards with the appropriate slots support Crossfire.
Overclocking that CPU is something that will likely need to be done to extract maximum value and get good frame rates without having to resort to a more powerful (expensive) CPU.
I'd do this: Go fro the Trupower 550W @$90 to an Earthwatts 380W at $45, spend the extra on an HD 6850 1GB instead of the GTX 460 768. (which is $30 more), The 6850 will use less power and is better at 1920x1080 resolution
spend teh $15 on adding 4 fans to the Destroyer to max out the fan count.
650w Earthwatt Green 80+ Bronze, 65$. Cheap and good to go. The only thing is the bad 1 review. That's such a stupid review though, they just had a DOA unit, I hate when people dock eggs because of that. They should just wait for RMA.
Ok soo to recap......get 6850 and a new psu?????????? thanks for all the suggestions.....about the gpu and monitor.........but what psu should i get again????? sorry to be a pain.....its just really important