APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next 3-4 months when HD 5950 and 5970 comes out (Hoping for price drops for older models) BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1,500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Sound Card, DVD Drive, Keyboard and Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Amazon.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: America
PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI Radeon HD 5870
OVERCLOCKING: No need for overclocking CROSSFIRE: Will crossfire with another 5870 after another price drop, however this will not account in the PC I'm building.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Please suggest a good monitor that is a least 17 inches and supplements the HD 5870.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't really understand Mobos much, but I'm looking for one that comes with a sound card and has slots available incase I want 2 5870s. I will be using about 2 SATA II HDs though. I think my DVD reader is also SATA II.
I'm looking for 2 4gb DDR3 RAMs or if there are 2 8gb DDR3...(I'm still not very sure whether or not I should stick with DDR2 or DDR3 due to price diff, I don't think the extra performance is worth the price however I sure hope my Graphics Card won't be bottlenecked if I go for other cheap parts)
CPU, I really want a cheap and competitive i7 core, but if there's none, I can always stick with a Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme, or anything, I just don't want to be bottlenecked.
I need a good case too, last case I had made my 4870 burn. It runs at 60C idle and 90C gaming at 45% fan speed. What a nightmare...
The last Mobo I bought came with a awesome bladed heatsink fan for my CPU so I wasn't really worried about CPU cooling. But I'm not sure what cooling I should get this time....Suggestions?
Thanks to everyone who would reply to this thread.
I'm building a system and someone suggested I look into Spinpoint HDDs; it seems like they outperform Caviar Black for similar or cheaper prices. Just something you might want to check.
Also, you should make sure that your mobo supports 2 16x PCI slots if you are going to go crossfire in the future. The specs on the newegg link make it look like it changes the 2nd slot to 8x in crossfire, which could gimp your second card's performance. You should double check that before you invest (will hurt upgradability later)
I researched a bit about Spinpoint HDDs, I gathered quite some bad reviews though...something about the quality of the drives. If it's only about $10-20 difference I think I can spare some money for a better drive.
I found another mobo that I'm interested in...
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail