I've recently made a similar post about the gaming rig I'm about to purchase and after a first round of constructive (and greatly appreciated, kudos guys) feedback I've made a second and final post with updated parts.
I'd like some advice on a few specific questions which I'll post below the parts list.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or next week.
BUDGET RANGE: As mentioned in my first post my budget range is a little tricky because I live in Denmark and not only do we have a different currency, prices on computer parts are also a tad higher over here. I'd estimate my budget to be around 800-900 $.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, mousepad, speakers, monitor, OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Again the whole Denmark thing makes this a bit tricky as I shop from this Danish site, www.shg.dk, and I doubt that you'll understand much of.
I'll provide Newegg links for the parts I've considered.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Nothing in particualar.
OVERCLOCKING: Depends on how difficult and risky it is as I have no experience with it.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Planning on Crossfire.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not certain and I also intend to purchase a new monitor later when I get the money to do so.
What kind of CD/DVD drive do I need? ATA/IDE or SATA? Furthermore I'll only be using burning to a minimum, the primary use will simply be running games. Sony NEC and a little Samsung are pretty much the only available brands from my shop.
Will my 550 W PSU be sufficient to power a pair of the whole rig, including the 4770's and a CPU I might end up OC'ing a bit?
Is my case large enough for the parts I've selected? The fans on the 4770 look a little troublesome regarding installation as it looks like they'll end up blocking parts of the MoBo.
Are the 4770's I've chosen worth buying? The Asus thingy concerns me a little, but they were the only available 4770's.
As always any and all feedback is greatly appreciated (and the point of the thread )
Looks good, get a SATA burner. Any brand is ok.A 550w power supply is fine for crossfired 4770s. Don't overlook that if you really really don't want to lose any particular data, especially photos, videos or other documents that a fast burn to a DVD and then safe storage is a good way to go. Never risk data that you really want to keep by not backing it up.
The only thing i might check out is if you can get the AM3 version of that motherboard and DDR3 RAM at close to the same price.
Another thing came to my mind. Will I need some kind of cooler if I choose to overclock my CPU?
I'm already having doubts whether there's enough room for both the 4770's, a cooler on top of that might be an issue.
Thanks for the PSU tip, I'd hate risking anything by cheaping out on the PSU. Wouldn't want to limit my future upgrade choices or limit ability to OC.
The DDR3 board isn't available here unfortunately so I'll have to stick with what I've planned on.
The Antec 902 seems a little too pricy for my liking but the Cooler Master has a very reasonable price (over here that is). The Cooler Master will have room for all my stuff including the double 4770's and possibly a CPU cooler like the Batman one?
I found this MoBo in my shop which is DDR3 compatible (and the only reasonable priced one). Will work with DDR3 and my CPU but will it work with my two 4770's in crossfire? (both standard compability but also considering physical space).
You should have no issues with 4770's in crossfire mode. The board has two slots that run at x8 in Crossfire and the 4770's are single slot cards. You'll have at least two open spaces between the cards, which will help with air flow and cooling
Looks like the GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD is in store now. Would you recommend it over the ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD considering my choice of CPU, Crossfire GPU etc ? And considering that they cost pretty much the same ? (price difference is less than 5 USD)
I've settled on the GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD. What kind of Ram do I need for it ? Apart from ddr3 (kingston or corsair) ? (amount, rate, stuff like that)
Due to the dropping prices on radeon 4850's I've decided to go with a pair of those in crossfire instead of the 4770's. Will a 650 W PSU be adequate ? And will they still fit in the cooler master case ?