I got some good deals on some good hardware, but I need one more thing.
Looking for the best video card for $150 - $200.
Core i5 2500k ($180)
8 gig pc1600 ram ($54)
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard ($80)
1000w Rosewill modular power supply (yes i know its overkill but it was $140 bucks off - $60)
NZXT H2 Silent Case - got for hot-swap HD & because my wife hates loud computers..($100)
Random SATA DVD-rom ($20)
($503 total so far)
I'm saving $100 for a monitor and $800 is my max.
I've looked at 6870's and it seems like they are my best bet on price/performance for sure.
Even at 1280x1024 or lower a 6870 will be fine, people say it's overkill but I call it future-proofing, I got a 5850 at release 2 years ago for only a 1360x768 monitor and I can still play every single game at highest setting without lag, If I had a 1080p monitor
(which the 5850 was recommended for back then, and it's still fine for that) I would've had to get a new card by now if I wanted to stay at highest settings.
If you got the money then why settle for a lower card? Hell I'd get a 6990 if I could knowing it'll last along time till it can't run the newest games. And yes the 6870 is a pretty good bang for the buck.
Edit: dammit, It only had 1 reply when I started typing
I would rather getting 650W quality PSU with >$160 better than "just" $140 1000W junk PSU. No offense, but do not cheap out on PSU, it's the most important thing inside your PC...
From what I've found, the Rosewell 1kW PSU is a decent PSU. Granted, I too would have gotten a smaller more efficient PSU with better voltage regulation and ripple control. This setup will draw maybe 400W peak, so most the time you'll be under the 20% load level so you won't even be at 80% efficiency and most likely closer to 70%.