I'm looking to put together an AMD build soon, but I intend to use the GTX 460 768mb card. The 5770 seems a bit too weak, and the 5850 is a bit to pricey for how much I want to spend on the build. I need an AMD board with SLI so that I'll have a future upgrade path, but I'm having problems finding a solid board. Any suggestions would be welcome.
There are not many AM3 motherboards available with SLI support.. Those available have sketchy reviews.. If you can spend a little extra, my recommendation would be to go for a P55/X58 setup which features both SLI and Crossfire.. CPU wise, both of those platforms have good processors capable to carry you through for another 3years minimum..
The i5 760 is straight forward a better processor compared to the X4 965.. There are plenty good P55 motherboards with support for both SLI and Crossfire giving you added flexibility.. IMO, going the P55 route is a better prospect..
If u want SLI with GTX460 go with the GTX460 1GB not the 768MB.
Now before u purchase Intel or AMD keep in mind that the next year comes out Sandy birdge, Bulldozer and Bobcat all those with new socket the positive here is that AMD always has support from the old socket to the new one.
Do you see any issue with going with a LGA 1156 P55 board that will shortly be obsolete as they are rolling out LGA 1155?
If you can wait till the full scale release of the SandyBridge then well and fine.. Otherwise the i5 760 is a good enough processor to sustain 3+ years before you are getting hampered by the processors performance..
As for the video card, the GTX 460 1GB models (in SLI) perform more or less like a single GTX 480 albit at a lower price tag (little higher power usage though).. For a two video card setup, SLI scales better than Crossfire so its better to go with Nvidia cards..