Hi guys, I have recently bought the components for my first system. I need some advice about my choice of motherboard especially.
MOBO: XFX nForce 680i LT
GFX: BFG 8800GTS OC
CASE: NZXT Lexa
PSU: Antec TruePower Trio 650W (may have to replace with a HIPER 730 as not in stock)
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint T 500GB
DVD: Samsung 18x DVD±R/±RW Lightscribe
There are a few other bits and bobs like wifi adapters etc but I have left those out. My main concern is if the mobo gives me a suitable upgrade path (ideally to Penryn and probably SLI as an option to keep open). I could buy the ASUS P5K DDR2 Edition mobo with wi-fi enabled so I am wavering right now.
Also I have to buy an OS. I am thinking about an OEM copy of Vista Home Premium 64 bit. I know some of the driver support is patchy but it seems to me that it is a question of time before it gets up to speed.
Can anyone (who knows better than me - I am a noob with zero experience of system building, but think it would be way better in the long run to learn how to make a system) please comment or provide suggestions?
I am tempted to say that a 680i may not be a good choice for a first time builder. There are a LOT of settings in the BIOS - at least on the eVGA board.
If you are building it for gaming, you will probably want to overclock. If so, look for a general overclocking guide. Then look specifically for a 680i overclocking guide. This will save you a lot of time. Don't ask me how I know this.
My only point of contention right now is the mobo:-
1. Asus P5K Deluxe Wifi A/P: no SLI, but penryn support
2. XfX 680i LT: SLI, doubtful Penryn support.
Obvious question is, am I ever going to use SLI? I have to admit, I am of 2 minds about it. On the one hand it is nice to have the option, but on the other hand, at a 1680 x 1050 resolution, will I ever need more than one super-powered graphics card????