Hello from Australia,
I'm looking to buy another ASUS Radeon HD 7850 to CrossFire with my current one. The reason I'm posting here is because my motherboard only has a single PCI-E 16x slot, (ASUS P8H67-M LE) and I don't trust myself in finding a quality motherboard that is capable of CrossFire. So I thought you tech geniuses could help me..
Things to consider please
My CPU is a Intel Core i5 3550.
I would like to spend less than $150
I don't think I missed anything..remind me if I did.
While I'm here I might as well ask this too...
I used Speccy to see exactly what my PC specs were, and this is what it said for my RAM.
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
I thought average RAM ran at 1,666MHz or something like that. I did buy this PC already made, this was before I was into tech. I play BF4 so I don't know if getting faster ram will help my FPS.
Seems like a quality board, its around $160 with postage in Australia, which is fine. But I was curious about the ASRock H87 Performance Motherboard. Its about $30-$40 cheaper. From what I have read, it supports my CPU and CrossFire, could you inform me about the differences between these two boards? Oh, I'm getting a new chassis which has I think 3 fans, I don't know if that's useful information or not.
It's the Corsair Graphite 600t White Edition, it's a little expensive ($150) but I can't seem to find a quality case that has nice aesthetics as well.
EDIT: I only just realised that there is a reply button, derp.
Remember, your processor is only applicable with Socket LGA1155, and Z77/H77 boards. Pretty much the same thing, except this one doesn't support overclocking past turbo (which doesn't apply to you), better memory (pointless), and other things that are pretty much irrelevant. It should be fine for CF.
As long as the case is mid-tower and bigger, it will be fine. Do not buy a micro-atx or mini-itx case, because your motherboard will not fit. See if they have a 300r or 200r over there, but try to pick one you like of course.