I am building a new system because after 10+ years my my old system has retired. I built my last system using an Asus motherboard, AMD processor and an Nvidia graphics card. That card failed and I replaced it with an ATI. With that system I saw no real difference between the two cards. I built that system on the cheep and never looked back. However now I am looking to build a system that I can use for gaming, design, photography and movies. I would also like it to be viable as long as possible. The more I read the more confused I get. I have two motherboards on my short list:
I really like what I have read about the Gigabyte but I have some questions. With Seven should I restrict my memory to 1.5v? I am looking at installing 3X 2 MG SDRAM. The Asus MB will accept the new 6 layer processor when it is available. Is it possible that the Gigabyte would do the same?
This is the direction that I am heading. I plan to start building next year 9which is right around the corner). Please any suggestions would be appreciated. Memory sugestions would also be appreciated.
Personally a +$300 Mobo seems quite steep, if you ask me. I'd rather go with this:
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's ~$200 less than your selection (I know it doesn't come with SATA 6, but 'cmon).
Your case selection is fine (Antec 900), but your PSU (Corsair 850tx) is way overkill for your system needs. You could power the system with a good 400-500w system and be fine. I'd recommend the Corsair 550vx/650tx, if you want to have upgrade room. Any quality PSU will do from Antec/Corsair/PCP&C/Seasonic.
I think a good mainstream single GPU will do for your needs. Somewhere in the $150-$200 range. If your not gaming than something under $100 will do quite well.
Did you have a budget for this system??
What resolution are you using??
It has been more then ten years since my last build and will probably be just as long before I do it again. In would like to build something that will stay current for as long as possible. SATS 6 probably not so important today but USB 3.0 is a good thing. As far as graphics card, I would like to play the latest games first and continue working with my photographs. My budget is limited even though I have been saving for this occasion. My last build cost me in the $700 range and I am guessing that I will probably spend a little more.
As far as I have read, as soon as you crossfire you loose USB3 as they share PCIE channels. Be sure to check that about these motherboards before you spend so much.
You need to decide which/how many graphics cards before you can pick a PSU. The GPUs mainly determine how much PSU you need. If you want to game at 1920x1080 or higher and near max settings then one 5870, one 5850 or two 5770s are what you should be considering for graphics. If medium to high settings are fine for intensive games then a single 5770 will do what you want.
When I started this process I figured that I would spend around $1000, it could be a little more or hopefully a little less. I don't need a monitor, or mouse (I like my track ball ) but want to upgrade my keyboard.
I appreciate the info concerning video cards. Certain technologies I find difficult to understand like SLI and Crossfire. To the average person if one is good two must be better and so on but I just can't get a handle on why it is necessary and where it is all going. Intel is also confusing with the way they handle their new chips. I believe that one good card is the direction I would like to go. My main consideration is that my system stay as current as possible for as long as possible.
You did not use the suggested format in the "how to ask for advice" sticky so there are many unanswered questions. Mainly "what do you use the system for?" Gaming or video editing or just general internet or what?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this system to current as long as possible. Example newly created software.
I would like a full ATX motherboard. I have rethought my selections and left open the choice between Intel and AMD. I have no real preference other then I believe Intel is a little better. With only one graphics card I have eliminated the Crossfire/ Sli choice.