Hello, I am serious about getting a Core i7 setup.
I have been researching Nehalem and Bloomfield since they were released.
This system will be used for gaming, and multimedia.
Specifically, Grand Theft Auto IV, Flight Simulator X, Call of Duty: World At War, Crysis, things on those lines.
-What are the pro's and con's of the motherboard I selected?
-The 3 PCI-E slots run at X16, X16, and X4. If I tri-sli or tri-xfire, does that X4 slow me down a considerable amount?
-These OCZ's appear to be the same as the Corsair Dominators. Is there any reason to spend extra money on the Dominators?
-Are the Dominator timings "that" much better?
Video card questions
-Is this good enough for what I want to do with it? (Gaming, and multimedia, see top for details)
-Should I look at the other combo's to try and find a GTX 260, or something?
-Pro's and Con's of my video card selection?
And Finally: am I missing ANYTHING? (Besides the other peripherals like hard drives, dvd drives, etc.)
Thanks in advance, I really appreciate any and all responses to this.
I will be running at 1680X1050. But way down the road (possibly after this PC) I plan to get a 30 inch. But that's years from now.
And I plan to buy this within this week. We are on a tight budget, but we intend to buy quality parts. I plan to make this last a long time, so I am looking for options there, like 6 RAM slots, Xfire/SLI compatibility, stuff like that.
Also, I just noticed. I read the sticky JUST after I posted this. Sorry I didn't use the correct template will do for next time! (dad needs a computer too)
You may not even need to upgrade to dual cards as by the time you get the 30 inch the 5xxx series is likely to be out which will greatly out perform the current lineup, the 4890 should also be able to handle most things either maxed or on high at that resolution for a while.
The template makes it alot easier and keeps from having to ask the same questions over and over so it is greatly appreciated, but you did include most of the pertinent information in your original post which was good.
GTX 285s are better than the 4890 but they also cost more. i thought i saw your original combo had a 4870 sorry, failed at reading. The overclocked HIS card likely uses a higher binned GPU chip to allow for higher overclock at reduced heat which will be useful if you want to overclock your GPU.
I will overclock, as needed. Is the GTX 285 worth the extra dough? and can an overclocked 4890 compete? I would like a card that plays GTA IV on high settings. I'm not sure if you're familiar with the game, but it only lets you set graphics to the resources on your card.
GTA IV is a very poor game to base your graphics needs around, it is a poor port and doesnt perform well even on top end hardware. http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,670889/GTA-4-PC-Benc...
But it does seem to favor the nvidia cards in that review so you should atleast look into a GTX275 if that is what you want to play.
^ The GTX 260 - Core 216 ~ performance with 4870 1GB...
But in games that favour Nvidia chips, maybe you could see similar performance with those cards ( GTX 260 and HD 4890)
But in general, the HD 4890 and the GTX 275 are considered to be in the same league...
Just a tip, if you are going to get an aftermarket cooler at any time, just get one right away. Last you want to do is have to take EVERYTHING apart again because of the way the cooler mounts on the motherboard.