Hello, gentlemen. I'm looking for a decent system that can run AAA releases for the next 2-3 years on medium to high settings. I would also like the system to have the capacity for some upgrading after about that time period but I'm still on the fence as to what would be better - a single card upgrade or a second card in crossfire (which could change the build significantly...I think). This will be my first attempt at building a computer too, so please consider that as well : )
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: All parts purchased by the end of January
BUDGET RANGE: $1100 (Before Rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMES! (Guild Wars 2, Diablo III, Brink), some photoshop/illustrator work
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon (anywhere else I can get a good deal)
PARTS PREFERENCES: None, really
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll be picking up a new monitor and OS (MS Windows 7 student deal) for this build.
Yea I'd say so considering the 5850 is slightly less powerful than 2x 5770s and the mobo has 2x pci-e slots vs just 1 on your previous build.
Also I wouldn't necessary pay $30 more for RAM that's timed 7-7-7-24 vs 9-9-9-24.
One thing I did notice about the 5850 combo deal is that the PSU probably won't be able to handle 2x 5850s in crossfire. So if you decide to pick up another 5850 down the line you're going to need a new PSU as well. Your call I guess.
my friend is running an oc'ed i7 860 with 5850 CF on a 650 with 4 drives , 4 fans etc . i am running a single 5850 with i5 on 550vx , more than enough for every single gpu out there (i prefer fast single cards , 5870 was outta budget).
i can say this only for corsair psu's as i have used them and not as an estimate about their quality and capacity , like how the're rated is very close to how they deliver . other good brands are pc power , cooler master toughpower series .
The requirements list about 600W, but that does not change the fact that the PSU bundled with the 5850 only has two 6-pin PCI-e connectors when one would need four 6-pin connectors to Crossfire with 2x 5850's (two connectors for each).
In regards to the question in compatibility issues, from what I've read there have been many successful boots with the combo setup.