The 4890 seems to have about an overall advantage of 10 FPS (IMO) right now. I'm trying to decide if Eyefinity, DX11, & better drivers in the future are going to compensate for 10 FPS NOW.
If I choose the 4890 it will be a clear choice, a 1GB XFX card for only $169, for the 5770 I have 2 choices, I prefer Sapphire but only at the same price, the cooler between the HIS ($162) & the Sap ($164) seems to be different, to me a better cooler + overclocking can make up $2 of differences.
Of course, that's not all. There's a combo deal.
Zalman 660W PSU + the XFX 4890, the combo discount is $45, quite a lump
I'm deciding on either a i5 750 (with aftermarket cooler + OCing), or a Phenom II 9X5 (965 or 955)
The i5 720 is $199
The Combo Deals really add a lot of confusion & decision making. There's so many paths.
Min is DDR3 - 1333, DDR3 - 1600 if it fits within cost. Looking for 6 GB if possible (Sandbox 2 & UDK can gobble 3+ GBs of RAM when building maps), 4GB is the absolute min. I would rather have slower 6 GB than faster 4 GB if it comes to that.
I strongly urge you to NOT get any rosewill power supply. Even their high end PSUs seem to have problems.
Forget the 640 black and get a 500GB or 1TB Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12. They have 500GB platters and are faster than the WD 320GB platter drives. You definitely dont want a Caviar Blue unless its just a storage drive.
Seagate had lots of firmware problems with their 7200.11 drives, but I am not aware of a major issue with 7200.12s. Most of the 1 egg reviews at newegg do not have the "bought this at newegg" tag, which means they are likely mis-posting their problems on the wrong HDD model. Also there are a bunch of them with "this is junk, buy WD" that didnt buy that drive. Newegg lets any nitwit post a review so you have to read thoroughly and in between the lines sometimes to figure out whats real, whats fanboi-ism and whats self inflicted.
Right now there are two people with threads here having bios not recognizing Caviar Black 640 HDDs. Not sure if its an installer problem or WD having a problem.
Samsung F3 is definitely the better choice. You can get them on amazon same price and free super saver shipping if they are out of stock at newegg.
Yes, the Caviar Black 1TB has three ~333GB platters. More platter density means it reads more data in the same amount of time. The new WD 2TB on the other hand has four 500GB platters and is very fast.
Right now I think I'm probably getting a 5770, if there's a great deal I still might get a 4890.
My question is; is the OCZ 550W PSU enough for 2x5770 or 2x4890 CF?
2nd Question: Are OCZ's rebate's reliable? Is so the 550W will probably be the one.
The Antec is the highest quality of those three. The fatal1ty 550 is a good deal right now. I have heard a couple people say they dont like OCZ PSUs, but a couple others say the newer ones are OK.
The 550 should handle two 5770s but only one 4890. The new GPUs take alot less power.
The Coolermaster Hyper 212 enginerrng linked is a good performing CPU cooler that fits every socket and is inexpensive. The Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer has also been on sale lately. The Xigmatek S1283 rifle cooler is another to look at.
Samsung has an F3 1TB model also that is cheaper than the Caviar black.
I'm changing, it's a $896 build w/o Windows.
I want a solidify what monitor I'm going to get, 20 in min, 1600 x 900 min (16:10, 1600x1080 or higher) prefered. Hoping for a 22 in, 1920 x 1200.
Do you guys know of better/cheap monitors?