Q: Should I get 2 of the thermal cooling? Makes shipping free - so minimal price increase over 1. Use one one CPU and one on GPU? Get aftermarket GPU fan?
OS: Windows 7 x64, $30 through the student special at Digital River.
Total: ~$1400 - $50 MIR
Memory Speed Q: The Gigabyte lists memory speed as: Memory Standard DDR3 1666(O.C.)/1333/1066
The RAM lists its speed as DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).
If the board can overclock to 1666, it shouldn't be a problem only taking it to 1600, should it? I'm concerned because I don't see 1600 as a listed option in the 1333/1066 list. Will this cap my memory performance below what the memory itself is capable of?
Multi-Monitor Q: The 5770 has 2xDVI+HDMI+DisplayPort, the Gigabyte MOBO has onboard ATI 3300 w/ DVI+DSub+HDMI
Initially, I'm going to multi-monitor with a 1900x1200 on DVI, and an old monitor on DSub.
However, it looks like I have a ton of graphics-out options, especially if on-board will work concurrently with the dedicated card. Should it be easy to set up a 3 or 4 monitor configuration using a combo of dedicated/board graphics if needed?
Ram Q: unsure of video needs, someone else might be able to help with this better
Thermal paste Q:Get this thermal paste, its the best and its only 2.99 shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Make sure you call the MS store to get the full version, DR only gives you upgrade and they are horribly retarded
Memory speed Q: speed above 1333 is near useless its all about the timings at that point, even if the board runs it at 1333 it should be fine
Multi-Monitor Q: Im not positive if you can run both the onboard and gpu at same sure but Im pretty sure you can. My suggestion would be to just use all 4 ports on the GPU.
PSU: A 700w is way overkill for a 5770 setup, only need a 400w for one and 600w for 2. Even with that said, the 700w is at a good price BUT I have seen that the 700w modxtreme has failed a few reviews. The 600w modxtreme is an OK model though if you wanted to get that. I do highly recommend a Corsair though.
Thermal: I'll switch to Artic Silver for the paste
PSU: Will reevaluate. I thought 700 would give room to grow in case I do add Crossfire / a few extra HDD's (possibly in RAID), but the 600 might be a better call.
OS: From what I've read on slickdeals, the x64 version from DR is actually a full, non-upgrade version, while the x32 is upgrade-only. Strange distinction, but numerous reports of that being the case. I was leaning towards downloading the OS and buying the legit full x64 key through DR, since it would be faster than relying on getting a box from the MS store.
Multi-monitors: You're probably right that it would be easiest to run everything off the 5770. I've mixed dedicated and on-board in the past, but only when necessary due to the dedicated not having enough outputs - not the case here.
Seems the OCZ 700w is a better deal given their base prices are nearly equal, but OCZ has a 10% off promo code (saves ~$10), $25 combo savings with the GPU I'm looking at, and $20 more in MIR vs. Corsair.
Don't mean to second guess your recommendations - this is my first time doing a build, so getting feedback on others' experiences and preferences is exactly what I'm looking for.
Well as I said above the OCZ FAILED a few reviews which means it is pretty bad. That doesn't mean it wont work fine for your needs just means its not a highly qualifying PSU. I do, however, highly suggest not buying it. Corsair is unarguably the best PSU manufacturer, thus why i recommend it.