I'm looking to build my first gaming PC, and I've done a lot of looking online, as well as talking to some of my friends, but before I pull the trigger on anything, I'd like to get some of your opinions as well.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I figure out the proper/best parts
Budget Range: Roughly $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, TV/Movies, Internet, etc.
Parts Not Required: Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: AMD
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Will be using my 32" LCD TV, so I'm not exactly certain
If you are wanting to buy now and want the best bang for your buck you should go with an i5 2500k. If you hate intel then sure go with AMD but if you want the best performance for gaming you'll have to go intel until AMD releases bulldozer.
graphic card: asus 560 ti is a great card. I prefer my MSI for the lower temps
motherboard: again depends if you want to switch to intel or not. Otherwise I'd wait for a 900 series to come out or get an AM3+
I don't necessarily hate intel, it was just that their processors were a lot more expensive.
And if I switch to the intel processor, I pretty much need to change most of the other stuff too, don't I? If so, if you have any recommendations on that, I would appreciate that as well. Brand doesn't matter to me, so much as getting the most value out of my dollar.
EDIT: So I went through and redid some of the stuff. How does this set up seem?
And I believe I can leave the rest of the stuff (the case, psu, optical drive, and hard drive) alone, correct?
With the video card, I saw a lot of people recommending the Radeon 6950 with this set up as well, but I noticed that the PCI Express is 2.1 x 16, rather than the PCI Express 2.0 x 16 on the other cards, as well as what is listed in the configurations on the mobo. Would the 6950 fit in this set up, or am I missing something?
Any suggestions on those then, because there are three different versions of the Twin Frozr that you said you had on newegg all within about 10 bucks of each other, and I can't really notice too much of a difference except one seems a little faster.
If you going 2560 x 1600 I'd get the 6950 but the 560 Ti (900MHz) does better in Guru3D's gaming suite with 479 for the 6950 and 495 fps for the 560. When paired, it's 759 fps for the 6950 versus 862 for the 560. The 6970 gets 825 fps in CF.