I'm trying to put together a decent computer for 3DS Max, Photoshop, and occasional gaming. Right now I have everything but the MOBO, Power Supply, and Heatsink.
AMD Phenom II X4-965
4GB OCZ Black Edition Ram
MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II - ATI Radeon 5830
Western Digitial Cavier Black - 640GB
Cooler Master Storm Scout
I dont really know what direction to go for a MOBO. Is it worth it for someone like me to get one of the new 890 series AM3 boards, or go with a 785G, 790GX, or even 790FX?
Like many, i'm trying to get the most for my money. I've been looking at the normal ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI. I dont really need the most amazing features, just a really solid MOBO for the price. FWIW i've been thinking about getting:
Power Supply: Corsair 650W or XFX 650W
Heatsink: Thermaltake Frio or Corsair H50
2) I would switch to a Nvidia GTX 460 1GB over the ATI 5830. It is more powerful and have better support through CUDA for your applications. Plus, you are running a single slot PCIe 2.0 X16 motherboard, so you don't have to worry about no Crossfire support.
3) I go with the XFX 650, as Corsair has switched makers of the 650TX and there seems to be a higher rated issues coming from them.
4) I would go with the Thermaltake Frio over the Corsair H50 but my recommend heat sink for an AM3 is the Sunbeam CR-CTTF.
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
1- I agree in the mobo with tecmo34, nice suggestion
2- The GTX460 can give u more performance but my suggestion is this MSI Cyclone GTX460 it's a very good OC GPU
3- This Silverstone 600W can run the rig without problems.
4- Get the Tintan Fenrir or wait for the H70.
if you wont be ordering it right away i can come let you know how my asrock turns out tomorrow. as long as it all works and not doa seems like itll be a really nice board for the money. best i could find feature wise like it was the asus 890gx for 60$ more. if you dont want to use crossfire you have alot more options for saving money. the 870/880 asus/gb/msi boards looks nice for the money just none of them have 16/16 or 8/8 pcie their all 16/4