^ That is a good build with nice combos...
The only downside here is the power connectors on that PSU...you would need to use power adaptors to power 2 HD 5850s(4x 6PIN) as the PSU comes with only enough power connectors to power a single HD 5850(2x 6PIN)...Too bad that a PSU with that much power has only so few power connectors...
well...then you are smart, but basically, my ram is superior 1.35 volts 7-7-7-20 1333 Mhz beats 1.5 volts 9-9-9-? 1333 MHz. My mobo is better, and it has sata 6/usb3.0. i know now you dont need one, but my build also has a hdd in it, so subtract 55$ from the price. the rest is basically the same...but mine is considerably cheaper.
Thanks for the info on the mem, I do know your's is faster. But what about your MB makes it better?
I haven't built a sys since I built my current P4 sys. So any knowlege I can gain from you and others here is apppriciated.
well...it supports faster ram, has more slots at faster speeds, the gigabyte has a 3 year warranty, the msi has a 1 year warranty, the gigabyte is much more modern and futureproof, with sata 6 and usb 3.0, along with no pata slots... gigabyte is known for their amazing work with solid state capacitors, whereas msi isnt. it also has a 12 phase power VRM, 2 oz of copper in the cpu slot, allowing for massive oc'ing.
The gigabyte board will disable usb/sata III if crossfire/sli is enabled. Just a heads up. I have my reservations concerning usb/sata III anyways, and especially on 1156.
The MSI board he's selected is a solid pick. It's one of the lower priced x8/x8 boards. It has great pcie layout. It's gotten good reviews across the board. The only complaints I've seen are regarding some of the oc features in the bios, which I'm sure MSI has heard and are working on.
It also includes OCGenie which many would consider the single best automated oc'ing tool out there.
All these p55 boards perform within a hair's breadth of one another. At the end of the day you find the features that hit home with you.