This is my first real attempt to assemble a computer from scratch so be easy on me! I feel like I've just been going in circles with some of the pieces and I could use some criticism. I kept ending up on TH forums looking at newer builds within my budget and this is what I came up with:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 7-10 days.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000.00 after all sales and rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Music, Writing Papers, Movies, Surfing the Web.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Speakers and Operating System (I intend to install Windows 7 64 Bit which I already own).
I wouldn't worry about the heat. Graphics cards can handle more heat than a cpu. I know a couple people with the 4870 and they haven't had any troubles with it.
IMO the 4870 is the better value for that price point.
Also, you're getting a crossfire mobo and a non-crossfire PSU, assuming you're not getting a 5770. That RAM also has some pretty high latencies.
Finally, since you said you wanted a cool PC, then maybe check out some of these cases (for a similar price - if you don't mind spending more there are even better ones available).
^Generally speaking, ATI cards are hotter than Nvidia cards. This could affect the overall temperature inside the computer case, IF the video card exhausts inside the case (cheap card), but not much when the video card's hot air blows out of the case.
Also, I would recommend the CM 690, it's cheap and decent case.
Yeah overshocks, I realize I won't be upgrading the monitor anytime soon. So I'm not interested in the crossfire option. Thanks for the info!
Should I stick with my original Antec 650W PSU?
Oh, and DDR3 vs DDR2. I should only be looking at DDR3, correct? Only reason I'm asking is that some of the DDR2 models have lower CAS latency for the same price.
You don't need 650W if you are just running one video card which is the 4890. so you could save some money on the PSU and can get a better case or something
the recommended requirement for the 4890 is 500W with 2 6-pin connectors.
"ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 - System Requirements
ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 System Requirements
* PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
* 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
* Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products
* Minimum 1GB of system memory
* Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
* DVD playback requires DVD drive
* Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive
* For a complete ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (included) are required
Source: from amd site
Yes, you should be looking at DDR3 since you are going with i5 750 build. You shouldn't compare latencies with DDR2 and DDR3 because they are both very different.