Parts Preferences: Intel seems more appealing, but I'm very open minded
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I can get the monitor separately from a local store, but some room needs to be left in the budget in that case.
Most important thing in this build is it needs to simply be robust and decent for at least 2-3 years.
-Try and find a cheaper h67 board that allows overclocking so you can go with the overclockable 2500k instead.
-The z68a board you had picked out is better, but you need to pair it with the 2500k, and if you want crossfire or sli you need at least 850 watts.
Unfortunately it adds up, more for the board, more for the power supply, aftermarket cpu cooler for overclocking, ect.,
It's better to get the much faster hd-6950 card instead of the slower 550ti.
The 560ti is good to and close in speed to the 6950.
-Watch some boards are crossfire only, only some have both crossfire and sli.
-If you go with a phenomIIx4 on sale instead, make sure you get a am3+ board and not a am3, since the am3+ can upgrade to the new amd bulldozer cpu later on. The 2100 and phenomIIx4 are about the same speed for gaming. With bulldozer coming out you might see the phenomIIx4 on sale really cheap, they are still ok cpus. The i5-2400 and 2500k are quad cores and alot faster than the phenomIIx4 or 2100.
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium (Probably around $130 off eBay - if I'm lucky)
Monitor - Undecided, probably 21.5".
Roughly $866 total. Not leaving much room for a monitor :S
- With this setup, would I be able to add a second 6850 later on? And would that be a good idea for a performance boost?
- Could I easily upgrade to one of the upcoming 'Bulldozer' processors with this setup?
- Can someone please recommend a good case which will hold this stuff well, cheap as possible?