APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a few weeks (if something wont go wrong... again)
BUDGET RANGE: about 1000$
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, autocad, movies and so on
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CD/DVD thing, Mustek PowerMust 600 USB 600VA / 360W(if its possible to use it with this system)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Latvia
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, Asus motherboard
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably (but not now)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 but will be upgraded, just later
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i want this to be as upgradeable as possible, so i can just swap a single part when it gets too old. for now ill use it with single GPU later with CF
for now thinking about something like this (prices are from local stores and roughly translated to $) Motheroard:
Asus Crosshair III Formula ~ 220$ CPU:
AMD PHENOM II X3 720 ~ 140$
AMD PHENOM II X4 955 ~210$ GPU: (manufacturer depending on what shops will have in store, probably Asus)
not shure about what to get, hd57xx sounds promising but I'm afraid of 128 bit bus and that they are slower than hd48xx
HD5750 1gb - 160$+
OCZ 4GB, 1600Mhz (OC), CL7, kit of 2, Reaper HPC Edition ~170$
or anything from OCZ or Kingston(those are the names i trust) 1600Mhz, 4gb kit of 2 ~140~200$
Western Digital 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB CAVIAR BLACK ~80$+
PSU (hope this will be enough
OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply
i don't have any clue about those, ill i know its a box that keeps stuff from falling apart
something good but not too expensive
The 5770 is 50% faster than the 5750 for not much more money. As the drivers get improved, it should pass the 4870 in performance. Right now the 5770, 4870 and 260 trade back and forth depending on the system, resolution and AA settings.
Things I look for in a case are front and rear fans for good airflow, top exhaust fan to move rising hot air out of the case and bottom mounted PSU for easy cable management.
im not shure about msi and quality, and since i hope that pc will run (with upgrades ofc) til socket am3 is dead and buried i want motherboard thats rock solid and a lot of ppl are saying that msi isnt so good
+ i want x16/x16 when running cf (tho msi can do that as far as i remember)
sorry for double, but it didnt allow me to edit previous
from one review
The performance of this board was average. It kept up with the others, but did not really excel in any one area. Overclocking on the board was... well, we do not know since our board died while being overclocked with only the CPU voltage increased to 1.45V. We hope to look at another board to give us a better idea in the near future after we get a replacement from MSI. From reading around the web, we are not the first to see a board blow due to some cheaply made voltage regulators. The MSI 790FX-GD70 is not the motherboard to use if you plan on doing even mild overclocking.
They both give thumbs up for the board. I am using MSI 790GX-G65 and I can guarantee that it's a rock solid board. You said "maybe" for overclocking. So, do you plan on going extreme (ie pushing the chip to the max)? I have not tried overclocking on my board but based on a few reviews, MSI has earned itself a name in terms of overclocking, or at least for my board.