I'm in the process of building a new system and just completed a list of what I consider to be the best cost/performance ratio for my needs. Before I ordered the parts, I just wanted to see if anyone had any additional input for something I may have missed. If anyone knows any comparable parts that would improve the system without hiking the price too much, I'm open to any suggestions.
Approximate Purchase Date: This Weekend
Budget Range: 600-750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Movies
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Windows 7
However, given that gaming is more GPu than CPU limited, the performance difference would be minimal. What it would allow you to do though, is have a top notch CPU and xfire capability to give you an upgrade path.
Thanks for the input everyone, last thing I need to decide on for sure is the mobo. The board that Dyers Eve posted (BioStar) has great reviews, but I've never heard much about the brand before. The board that banthracis posted is a bit more expensive and has worse reviews, but it's a name brand (Gigabyte). Any further opinions would be very helpful. Thanks once again for your time everyone.
GA and Asus are the top Mobo makers in the business. Biostar is one of the lower end budget companies. That's not to say their products suck, but their build quality and support are inferior to the better companies.
Also, bear in mind newegg reviews aren't exactly the way to rate performance and value. They're good for long term durability, but there are too many idiots who give negative reviews for their own stupidity.
For ex, take the Corsair AX 850/750, seasonic x 750/850 reviews where people RMA multiple PSU's because the PSU fan doesn't spin.
Somehow these people failed to notice the multiple giant bold text warnings that tell them the fan is temp activated and will only spin when needed.
Don't get me started on all the HD complains from people who buy OEM drives and the RMA them as DOA cuz they have no idea that you need to format an OEM drive yourself.