I plan on getting a new computer since the one I have is really old (I have it since 2002).
Motherboard: ASROCK P55 EXTREME
Cpu: INTEL CORE I7-860
Ram: KINGSTON KHX2000C9D3T1K2/4GX
Psu: THERMALTAKE W0204 TOUGHPOWER QFAN 850W
Gpu: Ati Radeon 5870
Hard Drives: 2x Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black
Is this system ok? Is there something I should change?
Is there any real difference between gpu manufacterers or should I just buy the cheapest 5870?
Note that when I chose parts I planned on getting another gpu sometime in the future and run them on Crossfire.
Like I said I plan on adding another gpu in the future and amd recommends 600 watt for Crossfire, but I don't need as much as 850 watt . Can I put a 5870 with a 5970? I propably don't need that much power but I'd like ti have the choise.
Also what I forgot to ask was what case should I get? Since 5870 is too long I'm afraid that it may not fit in most cases. If someone could point one for me from http://www.e-shop.gr/search_per.phtml?category=%CA%CF%D... (sorry the site is in greek)
I don't need a fancy one, just big enough for 5870, that can take big fans
For the psu I'm thinking either THERMALTAKE W0229 TOUGHPOWER XT 750W or THERMALTAKE W0203 TOUGHPOWER QFAN 750W
Are MSI's Radeons good? I've heard the company but for Nvidia cards, didn't know it was also making gpus with Ati chips.
go with brands like HIS, Visiontek, Gigabyte, Saphire and XFX for gfx
and you don't need a 850 watt PSU a 550 watt will be good enough
I would still suggest a 650W. A good 650W will be a great investment. I agree, there's no need for a 800W power supply. As for your recommendation of brands, that's really a subjective thing and totally non-relevant. Most of the stuff on any given card come from the same factories in china, malaysia, singapore and korea. I have had great stuff from what some call low brands and i have had sheer crap and DOA from top brands. I would rather suggest that he pick a few options and look at the ratings on newegg and see what people are saying, but that he doesn't dismiss any given brand upfront due to perception.