I am building a new gaming PC from scratch, but I have limited knowledge on hardware (I am an ex-Mac user )
I researched hardware and I have decided that this build (which fits into my budget) seems perfect:
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz Motherboard: ASUS Maximus Formula Case: Coolermaster RC-932 HAF932 PSU: Coolermaster Real Power Pro 650WATT GPU: EVGA e-GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB Memory: Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - XMS2 Low-latency 2 x 2GB DDR2-800 HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB/1000GB S-ATA 2 32mb Cache Monitor: Samsung T190 Rose Black 19"
Does anybody know wether this hardware is compatible with each other? Feel free to criticize it and suggest other options.
It will work fine, however there is 1 major mistake on your list.
The motherboard is a pricey, and older style Crossfire motherboard and you are choosing an nVidia GPU, so you do not need/cannot use Crossfire.
You can save yourself over $100 or so if you go to a board with a P43 chipset.
Now, if you are planning on running multiple GPU's in the future, you really need to revamp your thinking on the motherboard and video cards both....let us know.
im not planning on using dual GPU's. From what ive read Asus makes the best boards, and the Maximus formula seemed ideal for me (DDR2 RAM, FSB speed etc). Which board would you recommend in my situation?
jitpublisher, I checked for P43 chipsets as u recommended, and I found 2 that seem right for me. ASUS P5QL-E With EPU-6, and the GIGABYTE® "S Series" P43 & ICH10 Express Chipset. They both cost the same and have pretty much the same features. Do you know wether they support GPU's that need dual graphics slots? I cant find any info on that
Either of those boards are fine choices, if you like ASUS, then get that board. Dual slot cards simply mean the card will plug into 1 slot, but because of the cooler and design, it will cover the slot direclty below it as well, that is where the hot air will be exhausted, out the back of the case where the other slot is, although it does not actually use the 2nd slot on the board. So basically, you simply loose that slot directly under the PCIe slot to be used for anything else.