Re: Perfect Gaming Desktop?
I think you both are off the thread's aim. A stated budget doesn't mean go up to that and call it a day. Maybe he wants to buy a monitor, too? How about a keyboard and mouse?
SLI'd 470's/480's and even worse a 5970 is just complete overkill. Why would he need to SLI a card /that/ powerful right now? There's a major price difference in 465-470 and even worse on the 5970, which lacks several tessellation units from even the 470. At any rate, few games are going to absolutely push a 470 beyond its limit at a large resolution such as 1920x1080.
Even me suggesting SLI'd 465's was a little much. The number may be small, and it may be considered a more budget minded gamer card, it's still a hell of a lot of power! And with as good as scaling as Nvidia has proven with their Fermi's, two 465's (even without unlocking - since it's not possible, as stated by others) would make for the performance just above a 480 which runs at about $490 USD (per Evga's stock clock listing at NewEgg).
I'm no boss here, but let's not all get carried away. Money is hard to come by and having a lot doesn't mean "spend it all".
RD-PC -//- i7 950 // Evga x58 SLI // 3x2 OCZ PC3-12800 // 2x Evga GTX470 // Corsair HX850 // SilverStone TJ07