Hey all, I finally got some cash and newegg giftcards for Xmas so I'm getting ready to do a build. My last build was an Athlon 2400+ T-Bred which crapped out on my a good 4 or so years ago and I haven't kept up with the scene too much since.
I'm looking to build a decent gaming system with which I can OC in the near future and start with one GPU card and add another Crossfired to it also in the near future. I just bought an Asus 23.6" 1080p monitor, everything else will be bought and pieced together.
Here's what I've picked out and looking for opinions on currently:
ATI 5770 - $150 (give or take a few bucks). Will check out brand names and reviews and take opinions!!!
I would like to know what a good HSF combo would be to throw in here to do some decent OC'ing to this, and of course any suggestions on stuff to swtich. I assume the PSU should be enough to power that and just a DVD burner as well, with the plans of adding a second 5770 to Crossfire in a couple months!!
Sorry, I forgot. All this comes to about $800 which when you add the $200 monitor I already bought is pretty much my limit!!
Well I've always had good luck with Open Box from newegg so I'm not too worried about that. I didn't realize I had picked the "green" HDD so I switched it to the black version which I assume would be more adequete
Your plan to crossfire two 5770s is OK. However, if you could afford to get a single 5850 ($300) now, this one card will perform nearly as well as two 5770s: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=5
This would give you the option to add a second 5850 in the future if you are still not satisfied with the performance of one card. But if your budget is tight, your original plan is a good.
For a HSF, you can't beat the price / performance ratio offered by the either the Hyper 212 or the Xigmatek Dark Knight. Either of these will perform within a few degrees of the coolers costing nearly twice as much.
Unfortunately I cannot afford the single 5850 right now, I wish I could because I'd love to be able to have one of those and Crossfire it with another later down the road. I'm stretching my budget as it is, but looking forward to doing the build.
I like Gigabyte products as well, but do you think there's enough room on a Micro-ATX board for a decent HSF combo, eventually 6gb of RAM and to GPUs, maybe a wireless card, and so forth?!?!
I would not recommend going with a micro-ATX board since you are putting everything inside a very nice mid-tower case you might as well make use of the room. The ASUS P7P55D PRO that you had in your original build is excellent, and would allow you to easily crossfire two 5770s in the future.
I assume that you meant you would go from 4 GB RAM to 8 GB RAM since the P55 motherboards typically have four memory slots.