Hello all. Jumping into the world of my first computer build. I have done individual components in the past but never have done the whole whammy till now. I have read up I believe a good amount. Any opinions from more veteran builders on my choices would be much appreciated!
I'm going to have to argue with the above post on a couple things.
First of all, while an Xtremegamer may be a waste of money one of creative's lower end sound cards (say... xtremeaudio) may be well worth it for EAX support depending on how much you care about your audio.
For the OS, Vista Home premium 64-bit is a lot cheaper and isn't likely to restrict your usage unless you're doing advanced networking.
The second video card is really only needed if you are running in really high resolutions (1920x1200 or higher)
My current plan was going with 2 nVidia 260's. I have had friendly advice away from here to go nVidia over ATI. Most of the replies on threads here, seem to favor Crossfire over SLI.
I thought I had made a nice choice with the Asus Striker II Extreme. I am now hearing about the data corruption issues with the 790i Ultra chipset thus getting cold feet prior to ordering the parts. Am I wrong on this? There is not alot of other 790i Ultra Mobo choices (Asus Stiker II Extreme, Gigabyte, and XFX the only choices I am aware of).
Any more imput on.....
-have these 790i Ultra chipset problems improved at all with the newer released BIOS updates?
-is the data corrumption issues less of an issue with the 780i chipset as opposed to the 790i Ultra?
-is the consensus still picking Crossfire (2 x 4870's) over SLI (2 x 260's). I do get the feel that the 4870 Crossfire is a better performance to cost choice. My budget is not, however, that tight. I thus want to pick the best GPU card set up with the priority of performance > cost.
Also, I have been told DRR3 in my build is a waste, and to use DDR2. I have heard, however, that DDR2 more than likely is gonna be less standard compared to the DDR3 in the near future. The DDR3 thus would be more "upgradable" in the future. Is this a bad assessment?
No avoid 790i! Not to mention DDR3 is overpriced and a waste of money.
7x0i chipsets all have the same issues from the most part.
Yes Crossfire 4870 over 260!
DDR3 will not be mainstream until at least the middle of 2009. There is no reason to spend more money now no benefit. When you upgrade to a new CPU, it is going to require a new motherborad, and most people go ahead and upgrade their RAM too. So that is a moot point really.