Hey guys I picked up a I7 940 from work for 75bucks so I was thinking of building me a gaming rig. Items from my current computer that will go over is two intel 160gb SSD, two evga 260 graphic cards, 1000w corsair powersupply, coolmaster HAF 942 case and a corsair H50 cpu cooler. What would be a good choice for a motherboard and how much ram would be good? Don't want to spend more the 700 on board and ram. Don't know if I should go micro or full atx board and so this doesn't come up I DO NOT OVER CLOCK that not something I care about mainly for gaming.
Total comes to $600.00 Flat, but the goal here is to add another GTX 460 as soon as you can, all you have to do is save $130.00 more or perhaps sell the two GTX 260's and you will have yourself one killer setup with SLI GTX 460's
I think that chart is wrong, the GTX 460 1GB version is similar to the GTX 285 in performance and beats it in alot of games... Not to mention DX11, tesselation, 3-monitor support in SLI mode, low temps, rediculous overclocking potential, etc...
Two GTX 260's in SLI will be fine for gaming but two GTX 460's will be better.
no need in going overboard in spending $$$ on RAM or motherboard. The motherboard offers features over performance so the ASUSone you chose would be the best choice.
As far as RAM goes, you are just blowing $$$ spending $260.00, you will not see any real-world performance increase if you choose that RAM over what i suggested, only in RAM intensive programs/tasks would you see the benefit, but not in games.
4GB is more than enough for gaming so 6GB is all you will need for some time. RAM is an essential part of a gaming rig but it is over rated and not as much as a contributing factor as a CPU or GPU or even an SSD is in some cases... Don't get me wrong, you don't want to get 3 GB of value RAM but 6GB of the G.Skill RAM i posted is more than enough. In my opinion, get the ASUS board, the G.Skill RAM and shoot for getting 2 x GTX 460's in SLI. That will be a killer setup that you will not have to worry about for some time... and then some...