ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Parts that I am still undecided on are the keyboard, optical drive, and GPU. If possible, I would like a keyboard with backlit/illuminated keys that won't wear out easily. The optical drive only needs to burn/read CDs/DVDs, don't need Blu-Ray/HD-DVD. As for the GPU, I was thinking ATI's Radeon HD5770 would be a good choice. Any recommended brands or versions at this time?
UD3 is fine. I don't know where UD3R is available, other than GB site.
Saitek PZ30AUR Red 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Slim Eclipse Keyboard - Retail
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty for the gpu. No brainer.
I wanted to ask if anyone has experience with outputting to three monitors using the 5770. The Dell monitor has a display-port, so I assume it's as easy as plugging that in along with a 2nd monitor in DVI, and say a TV with HDMI? Can these be different resolutions and still work fine or do they need to match.
Also wondering if I later decide to Crossfire on the UD3, if it will still allow high enough bandwidth that an SSD in S-ATA III would make any difference. I've heard conflicting opinions on if you can CF and still use USB 3.0 or SATA III, has anyone had luck running CF with both USB 3.0 and SATA III?
If I buy the parts in my list, and those suggested by p55ibexpeak, will I not require any extra cables, because I don't have any lying around to use.
You can output video from a card to any many displays as the card supports. However, whether the images will be mirrored or not depends on the driver. I'm on nVidia and I can have 2 outputs at the same time. Each of them is independent of one another and have their own windows. FYI, gaming on multi-monitors must be done in windowed mode.
Yes, your idea of outputting video thru different connectors will work.
Crossfire and USB 3.0 & SATA III are 3 different things. Each has their own chip. They won't interfere with each other.
The mobo comes with 2 SATA data cables & 1 PATA cable. The case comes with screws & standoffs. You can see 'em in the photos at newegg. You don't need anything else other than some hardware tools like a screw driver.
I just noticed that the UD3 had x4 on that second slot and was contemplating getting the UD4 as well.
I think I'll just go with the UD3 and save $50 towards getting a better single GPU solution anyway. It should allow for ~ $50 + $160 (a second 5700) so around $200. Would there be any problem with running a faster GPU on the UD3, assuming I turn of the Turbo mode of USB3.0/SATA III?
Will the lower timing(CAS 7) be more useful than increased frequency of a DDR3 1600?
Seeing as both replies suggested Samsung DVDs, I think I'll pick one of those up. Thanks.
If there are any compatibility issues, or if I'm missing required cables I'd be grateful for a reply pointing it out.