Hey there, I've been browsing these forums for information and found many helpful guides and such, so I thought I'd post my (tentatively) final build and see what improvements can be made.
It will mostly be used for gaming/watching videos/other general use, but who knows what I'll need it for in the future. I've tried to leave room for future improvements such as Crossfire if they are needed.
I've never tried OC'ing before, but I may look into it a little. I'm kinda shaky on the PSU, as I don't know what wattage I'd need now or in the future, even with the calculators I've found online. Similarly, I need advice on cooling for the system.
The total cost, including keyboard/mouse/Windows 7, etc can't go too far over $1000.
AMD is probably not the build you want to do now. Wait till Bulldozer if you want to stick with them.
At your resolution I strongly recommend spending that extra bit to get a 6950 2GB. Should you be gaming of course.
Check out my $1000 in my siggy. That'll be excellent for you.
If you don't think you can stretch that much, take the $600 in my siggy. Change the i3 2100 to an i5 2500K that'll bring you up $100. Then change the motherboard to the MSI P67A-G43, that'll bring you up $40 to $740. Then change the 5850 to a 560 Ti Twin Frozr II I have in my recommended parts. That'll add $100 bringing you to $840. Then FINALLY, change the PSU to an Antec EA650 Green which would add $5. Totaling to $845. This'll leave room for overclocking and SLIing.
Thanks. I don't really care about Intel or nvidia vs. AMD, I'm just trying to work with my budget. The system is just going to replace the very old hunk of junk I have now. I'm mainly gearing up for games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, so I can wait for a while seeing as both come out in November. I just wanted an idea of what I could do for the money.