Getting this for an upcoming game. I would like to get the system built by the end of December. I will be over clocking my processor and ram. I was not planning on over clocking my video card since I am pretty noob, so I don't mind spending the extra bucks to have it factory done. I also will be running at 1900x1200 and win7.
I am planning on getting two cards and is the reason I am going with the rampage based on Tom's Benchmark. I also am going with the HD 4870 based on their benchmarks, which seem to edge out two gtx 260 cards.
Do you see anything I should change or buy differently. I already have memory so I am not buying any of that. I am really just looking to upgrade these core items.
Are you sure you want that video card? I mean....The 5800 series are out, but anywayz its gonna be sick build. Maybe get some dust filters for the Antec 900. It doesn't come with front dust filters.
I'd always thought that 2 GTX 260s were better than 2 4870s. If you're gonna go with 2 4870s later, might as well get a 5850 or 5870. The 5870 might not fit the Antec 900 if you decide to get that down the line, but I'm not sure.
From the benchmarks I've seen, the xfire 4870s will beat out the SLI gtx 260s. I was going to suggest the 5850s, but it's hard to get ahold of 1 let alone 2, and the OP didn't mention a budget. Not to mention they are about the price of 2 4870s. But you could try to get a 5850 now and grab another down the road.
It's not a huge deal, it will just give you dx11 support.
Two GTX 260 SLI I think may be slightly better at the highest settings at 1900x1200 8xAA, but I believe it is relatively small. Is there really any big difference between the two if they both have the same output?
Is the 5800 series really that crazy in size that it wouldn't fit in my antec? Antec I feel is a pretty good size case. My only problem with the 5800 is that they are 400 right now. I don't really want to drop 400 on a card. I guess you are correct that two gtx 260 or HD 4870 would cost around 320. Maybe I should order the card in about a month and a half for the price to drop a little bit?
Is the 5800 series really that crazy in size that it wouldn't fit in my antec? Antec I feel is a pretty good size case.
The Antec 900 is a tight sqeeze for most new cards. That case has been out for years now, before the age of monster video cards like the 5870. But I think it should fit the 5850. I have that case and it barely fits
my GTX 260s. You can't install hard drives where they're installed.
So I have been doing a lot of research and reworking my rig. I am going to upgrade the entire thing now and give the old computer to my parents. Here is my updated specs. I guess I really want input on a few things:
1) The MB I should get. I was going back and forth between the EVGA 758-TR and the ASUS P6t Deluxe v2. I read a bunch of reviews and the benchmark for the EVGA 758 seems to run not nearly as nice as the ASUS P6t. However, Tom did not recommend the old Asus P6T version because of graphics card spacing (was only 1 line spacing). Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe from the pictures the V2 offers an extra space now. This allows the card to breath/overclock better when in SLI/Crossfire mode. Link to both cards below:
EVGA - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6T - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2)Heatsink - Is it really necessary if I am going to overclock? I am planning to put my i7-920 to around 3.8ghz-4.0ghz. I have never installed a aftermarket heatsink so I am a little worried. If I get, for example, an Prolimatech Megahalems heatsink does this really impact my computers performance with the case I will have (Cooler Master HAF 932)? Since I have never installed one I get worried and rather leave it alone if not necessary.
4) Video Card - I am planning to get a Radeon HD5850, but are there any factory overclocks out there yet? Do you need to do this manually? I haven't done it before, but I am pretty sure there are some simple guides out there to do it. I would prefer factory overclock since I will run Crossfire and I hear you can't have two different speeds on your cards. Mb this is too easy to do yourself and someone can point me to a good guide.