Building a system for the future

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?

I am looking at the Bloomfield Processor:

My final question concerns the graphics card: Should I spend a little more and get one card or would I get better performance with 2 $130 to $150 cards. I am currently leaning toward Crossfire.

To complete my system I have selected a Corsair power supply and I have a Antec case:

Finaly I plan to reuse my CD/DVD RW drive

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.

Thank You,
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  1. 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
    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??
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sooo.....what is your budget? >$700 and under $1000???
  5. 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.

    Comments I have read make me think I am going in the wrong direction. Should I be considering a cheaper motherboard like:

    or even changing technologies and going with an AMD processor and compatible motherboards like:

    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.
  6. P55 motherboard are for the i5 and i7 8xx series CPUs, not the i7 9xx series.

    You have no need for a gigabyte motherboard above the -UD4 series. UD6 is going to be overkill. Also the P55A is newer that has USB3 compatibility.
    Here is the P55A-UD4:

    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?
  7. I apologize for the confusion. I had hoped that I presented my post logically. That said allow me to fill in any blanks using the correct format.

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I hope to start the next week, I plan to spread out the purchases over the next couple of months

    BUDGET RANGE: In the range of $1,000.

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Video editing, photography, design (cad) gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Motherboard, CPU, Video card, Power Supply, keyboard

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: My original selections: [...] 6813128413 [...] 6813131614 [...] 6819115202 [...] 6817139009 [...] 6811129021

    PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS and Gigabyte for a Motherboard, I have no preference for graphics, power. Thinking Intel would be a better CPU


    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 minimum

    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.
  8. Best answer
    If you are doing more video editing and CAD than games then going for an i7 920 and a lesser graphics card makes sense.

    CPU: i7 920 (~$290)
    Motherboard: ASRock x58 extreme ($170) or Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R ($190)
    RAM: 6GB kit(3x2GB) DDR3-1600 cas7 or DDR3-1333 cas7 low voltage (1.5-1.65 Volt) RAM (~$165)
    GPU: ATI 5770 (~$170)
    PSU: Corsair or Antec 550W+ (80+ certified) (~$80)
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