GPU - GIGABYTE GV-R587D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Should I wait for the "Hemlock" card that AMD is currently preparing for release?)
I don't think I've forgotten anything, but again; I'm new at this. Please let me know if I've missed anything. I've got some dollars built in for anything else I might need, or forgotten.
I've got those 2 WD Raptor's, and they're in perfect working order, but I'm not sure about the RAID configurations and all that jazz. Are these sufficient? I know it's not a lot of space, but I had just the 75 GB drive in my old system and I never maxed it out.
What are your thoughts on audio processing? Is the onboard chipset sufficient, or should I spend a little extra and get something nice? I do like my audio.
Well, I think that's it. Please feel free to rip it apart.
You've got near top of the line parts across the board. Should you need/want o save money, it is certainly possible without sacrificing any noticeable real-world performance. ($300 or so in memory and mobo, eg.)
12 GB of CL7 1600 is overkill in several ways lol. 6GB of 1333 CL8 would be OK. Yours will benchmark better, but you won't notice better gaming.
850W is plenty for future crossfire, and that specific Corsair is top of the line.
The raptors will work. However, you could improve overall system performance noticably by going for an Intel X25-M or OCZ Vertex SSD as your OS and primary gaming drive.
"While I wouldn’t recommend any of the JMicron based drives, with the Vertex I do believe we have a true value alternative to the X25-M. The Intel drive is still the best, but it comes at a high cost. The Vertex can give you a similar experience, definitely one superior to even the fastest hard drives, but at a lower price. And I’ll spare you the obligatory reference to the current state of the global economy. The Samsung SLC drives have come down in price but they don't seem to age as gracefully as the Intel or OCZ Vertex drives. If you want price/performance, the Vertex appears to be the best option and if you want all-out performance, snag the Intel drive. "
The cooler is fine.
The 5870 is the right top-of-the-line card to buy today. The 5850 would be more than excellent if you can wait two weeks or so.
On-board audio satsifies most of us quite well. Try it, you can always add an audio card later. I doubt you will unless you have some very specific audiophile requirements.
GPU - I've decided to delay my system build until the new "Hemlock" (5870 x2) GPU's are out on the market. One of my main concerns is whether or not I'll have to get "creative" in my case to make this monster fit. Thoughts?
Thanks again for all the advice, and let me know what you think of the new (improved?) build.
Oh, and I've already applied the combo deals in my shopping cart. I just didn't want to mess with finding the links and posting them that way. I figured it was easier this way for ya'll to see what I'm playing around with...
I think you're going to be really pleased with this system.
Were it mine, I'd buy the single 5870 and avoid even single card 2-gpu issues. In the extremely unlikey event you need *more* graphics power in a year or so, I'd add a second, cheaper 5870 at that time.
No offense, but the CM V8 is an over priced, over weight piece of rubbish. I can think of three cpu coolers right now that weigh less, have of what that hunk of metal weighs, cost less and do just as good if not better job at keeping the cpu cool.