First time CPU builder here. My old PC died recently, and having replaced every par but the mobo and CPU in past comps of mine, I decided to make my own. I hope to make it a fairly powerful, if not incredible, gaming rig capable of handling games for the next few years on decent settings. I'd also like the ability to hook it up to my HD 1080p LCD TV.
Now, I've bought my processor, its a AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0ghz AM2+. I bought it packaged with Windows Vista 64bit SP1 Standard Edition.
Now, I can't figure out which to get, as I'm a little over my head in the technical jargon. One reviewer claims the GIGABYTE mobo doesn't run in full PCI-E 2.0 power. And I don't know if the other would be a reliable brand.
Seems powerful, but I wonder if its more than I need or too high a price for power.
I'm at a loss for what other parts to buy...
If anyone would be willing to afford me some help and advice building this PC, I'd be very thankful for the guidance. I'm trying to keep the rest of the PC components under $600, but I don't know if I've bought a processor that sort of necessitates more powerful/expensive components.
I would choose the Gigabyte board. The PCIe spacing will accomodate a dual slot crossfire setup better. If you chose the ASrock, there will be no space at all for a dual slot crossfire setup, which can increase GPU temps from 5C or higher.
For the case, I typically go budget and the Antec300 is what I would chose. I has good cooling, fair cable management, dust filters, plenty of drive bays for most setups. If you can spend a bit more for case then the Antec 900 II would be good choice.
The gigabyte you have chosen is a great board...And you don't have to worry about the pcie not running in full mode as they it happens during crossfire and not when you are using a single card...
And even when running crossfire, you wont notice much difference in performance when the cards are running x8x8 mode... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But checking out the prices of the 4850, I am inclined to suggest you that...It is about $140 for the 1GB version and is nearly $110 for the 512MB
SAPPHIRE HD 4850 512MB - Retail
$10 off with promo code VGA851, ends 4/30
And has $20 Mail-In-Rebate...pushin the price down further to $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2 of them in crosssfire will blow away the 4870 1GB for its price...
Your 1080P TV will be a 1920x1080 resolution. For gaming, it will benefit from a relatively strong vga card.
My take on that:
SLI/crossfire has been a poor upgrade path in the past. It should be used only by
those who will not currently be satisfied by the fastest available single vga card
which is currently the GTX295. The 4870, or GTX260-216
offer very good performance for the money now.
To get SLI. you have to spend more up front for a SLI capable mobo,a
more powerful SLI capable PSU, and better case cooling. Upgrading a single card later with a
second equal card does not get you 2x increase, it is more like 1.3x to 1.8x depending on the game.
At that time, you will still be paying top dollar for a card that is closer to
It would be better to sell the old card and use the proceeds
towards a better new generation single card.