Alright well I think I've got a pretty good $1,400 rig built (price includes a 300 monitor so aka 1100 rig) but I would like a second opinion or 2. I will list my build first and then ask a couple questions, if you see other things that I missed please illuminate and include other options for me. Thanks so much for the help. My overall goal, btw, was to build a very good gaming machine for the price. I wanted the best bang for the buck, putting a bit of extra cash in for the vid card since it is the main workhorse. I want the option to expand (more memory, another GPU) in the future. This build includes a nice monitor. I will be using vista (already have with mouse, keyboard, etc). & I play FPS, MMO's, RPG's and RTS's.
1. Does my MB allow for expansion to a second vid card in the future? I thought It did but I wanna make sure.
2. Did I pick the Right Memory? is there a better option here for a few extra bucks?
3. 750 should be plenty of power if i want to expand yes?
4. I wanted the asus 5870 but newegg was out so i picked saphire, is there any difference or should i be fine here?
5. Do I need the aftermarket cooling for the CPU?
6. And of course if you see things you would switch or another option please just let me know the newegg link and why you are recommending it. Thanks so much. I am going to purchase this in the next 24 hours so fast help is appreciated.
PSU looks fine. You don't really need an aftermarket cooler unless you're overclocking, but it certainly doesn't hurt to use one for stock speeds.
Also, I hope your version of Vista is 64-bit. If not, I'm finding the 5870 is giving me some headaches on my 32-bit OS in certain games with 4GB of system RAM installed. I'm switching over to 64-bit Win 7 as soon as it comes in
I have 6GB as well on 64bit Vista, and I don't think it's ever really gone above 3GB usage. Honestly I'd throw the 8GB in there, unless 4GB is a cost saver and you are trying to "trim the fat". If its not much more for twice the ram, go for it. It also depends on what you use it for. Games... 4GB is fine. Heavy MEM apps maybe 8 then. Or if you like to run 20 IE windows, while encoding video, and batching RAW photos in Photoshop.