I have been looking to build a new computer for a while now and finally got some money to do so. I would like to build something that can last and perform well. I have done some research but I am very new to this so please forgive me for stupidity. OK so now to the parts:
Case: NZXT Source 210 @ $40 http://
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 @ $125 http://
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB @ $0 (bundled FREE with the Motherboard) http://
CPU: AMD FX-6300 @ $120 http://
HD: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB @ $57 ( bundled $13 off with CPU) http://
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition 1GB @ $100 http://
PSU: Cooler Master GX Series 750W @ $65 (bundled $24 off with GPU) http://
OS: Windows 8 @ $100
Total: right around $600. (all prices from newegg)
Opinions on this setup? From what I understand the motherboard is compatible all of this, but I'm not sure. Also I want to leave room to upgrade if i need to in the future. If I understand correctly a 990FXA board can handle 2 7770's in crossfire but will the CPU be able to handle it?
I'm also a little worried about the PSU. I have heard good and bad about the Cooler Masters, but its such a good deal! it even has a $40 rebate (not included in my pricing). I would like a large PSU for future expansion.
By the way, I already have some CD/DVD drives, card readers, and fans that i scraped from a old computer. I would use that case but its not ATX...
Getting a better single GPU now is better than planning to Crossfire 2 7770's later. That mobo may be a 990FX, but the PCIe slots only run 8x in Crossfire. If you really want to Crossfire later on, I would advise on a mobo with 2 X 16x PCIe slots. However, Crossfiring much more than 7870's may get bottlenecked by the CPU. If you absolutely have to jump into the Crossfire/SLI pool right now then you really should think about an Intel cpu. But I realize you may have budget constraints.
There is a reason the CoolerMaster PSU is so cheap, do not get sucked into it. Get a good quality unit from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, etc.
I would love a 660 or 760 but that's $100-$150 more than what I'm at now. I really wanted to keep it under $500 but that aint going to happen. The 650 is in the price range of the 7770 but the 7770 seems to be a better card.
Does 1 to 2GB vram really matter on a low end GPU? i would only be running 1 screen 1920X1080 (HDTV).