This is my first build, so I'm really not sure if I've chosen the correct hardware to match up here. Any feedback at all would be much appreciated. If you see something that doesn't make sense, it's probably because I picked the wrong parts.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 30 days Budget Range: Between $700 - $900 System Usage From Most To Least Important: Primarily a HTPC running xbmc, occasionally will be used to play games (TF2/MW2/KoToR) Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS (Will be using Win 7 64 bit) Preferred Websites For Parts: Newegg Country Of Origin: USA Parts Preferences: None Overclocking: Not intending to, but if you think it would benefit, I'd take the time to figure it out SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, but I want to add it later Monitor Resolution: 1280x720 (720p HDTV)
I saw that you would like to crossfire eventually. With this current motherboard, that will be impossible. To utilize crossfire you will need a mobo that has at least two "PCI express 2.0 x16" slots. I would recommend:
Last but not least, you say you want crosfire, but the board you specd doesn't support it. The board atomsk specd is ATX, not microATX. I propose using a jetway microATX board that supports crossfire, this way you can add another 5770 when you see the need. The board is not from one of the major brands but the review seems very good and the feature set looks great. I have used jetway boards before and never had a single problem. Heres the board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As for overclocking, you should try it at the stock voltage. this way you wont kill the efficiency of your system and wont make everything in the case run hot. you can also do this on the stock heatsink with no worries. With this approach its essentially free performance.
I completely missed that the motherboard wasn't crossfire compatible. Thanks for that head's up!
As for the PSU, I had a feeling that it was overpowered, but I wasn't quite sure about how to calculate that, so I figured better safe than sorry. But lowering the PSU and upgrading the GPU sounds like a great idea to me. I'm going to look through those pieces and update my first submission when I pick new pieces.
Ok, so I've made quite a few changes.
- After realizing that most micro ATX motherboard's don't support crossfire, I decided to go ahead and jump to the full ATX motherboard and case.
- This had me springing for DDR3 support, and finally I bumped up the CPU.
- GPU upgrade for just a few bucks more and a lowering of the PSU.
I think this rig will be more of a HTPC/Medium gaming rig, and a bit more expensive, but I think it's worth the costs. If anyone has any further advice I'd love to hear it. I'm not sure if a 650W PSU is too much for this configuration, even assuming that I'd like to add another 5770 eventually for Crossfire.
If anyone has ideas on cutting costs on this rig, feel free to let me know. Thanks!
I have the micro-ATX version of that case (nMediaPC 1000B) and I think it's great. I am not a fan of the 60mm fans in the back though. I got a slot cooler and turned them off and all is well and quiet(er).
This is one way you can cut costs, especially if you can overclock it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... You also get a lower power and cooler running processor which is a good thing in an HTPC case. I think you had the lower clocked Propus CPU in your original post and it was a good choice.