First of all, I have a XFX HD4890, an Antec Three Hundred, a CPU cooler, and a DVD burner. All of which I will be reusing on this build. Here is my new build.
Let me know if you guys would make any changes. The reason for the 3 HDD's is one for OS, one for a data/programs drive, and one for installing all of my games. The PSU was chosen because it is modular and it has 52A on a single 12V rail. Memory was chosen due to low timings 7-7-7-21. CPU was chosen because I don't want to get something less, and then regret not getting the fastest processor for just a little bit more money.
My tax return just got here and it is $865 so that is my budget. How do you guys think the 4890 will be with this rig? It isn't going to be a huge bottleneck, is it?
EDIT: Almost forgot to mention, I have a Samsung 22" monitor @ 1680x1050 that I will be reusing as well.
It's pretty good, but the 955 is just as good as the 965 without the price premium. It's also a BE so you can OC it easily. Also, the PSU might not cut if if you want to OC and XFire. A quality 750W PSU would do you well. Other than that it looks great.
I've never OC'd before, and I don't think I really am going to learn now. That is why I chose the 965 over the 955. Knowing I'm not going to OC, is the $24 increase worth it for the extra 0.2GHz that the 965 provides over the 955?
It is about $8 cheaper, and I get my Caviar Blacks like I originally wanted. I was told that I would not be able to notice a difference in the memory and that the 965 is not worth the extra $24. Also that the 790X has a better power converter than the 790GX and that the only other difference between the two is that the GX has IGP.
I'm thinking about changing my mind about overclocking. I want to get that 955 up to at least where the 965 is
Quick question guys, I got everything in today apart from the memory (had to be shipped from Cali ). I was flipping through the mobo manual and saw the diagram of how everything is connected/what talks to what (can't remember what it was called) and I noticed that 2 of the 8 SATA ports go through the northbridge, while the other 6 go through the southbridge first. Is there a reason for this (i.e. the 2 are faster so should be used for boot drives)?
Thanks! Can't wait to get the memory in and get it running tomorrow. It looks like the box was abused a little bit, fingers crossed it will POST on the first try!
Here is the diagram I was talking about guys. I did not get a chance to get it together yesterday, but I will be doing it later today.
I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know which SATA port to use. If I don't hear anything, I guess I'm going to put the boot drive on 1 of the 2 separate SATA ports that are controlled by GIGABYTE SATA2?