Hi all. Seems my rig went dead, but it's been on it's last legs for awhile (a friend accidentally kicked a usb stick (in the back) tearing much of the I/O wotsits off the mobo).
I'm salvaging my hard drive (1tb) and PSU (antec truepower 430w) and about to order:
Case: Fractal Designs define R2
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X Socket AM3 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard (wasn't sure what to go for, but I wanted the ability to upgrade to SLI and i'm familiar with asus)
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 955 BE
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2
Ram: 2x2gb corsair dominator ddr3-1600
GPU: XFX HD 5770
Is there anything that i've forgotten?
Anything that I could get some big increases in performance for a small ammount of money?
Any known conflicts (massive cooler blocking ram, ram not liking mobo etc)?
Is my PSU up to the task?
well the minimun for the 5770 is 500W or higher, i wudnt have anything less than that otherwise u'd risk undervolting your card and killing it. and xfx usually overclocks it a lil bit so i'd get a 550 PSU and breathe easy.
Unfortunately i'm limited by what's available on ebuyer.
If I want to have the option of going crossfire later, should I be going well above 550w?
I see lots of people on the forums here mention G-skill as a choice for ram, is there a reason for that?
Thanks all for the replies!
Edit: Argh only got an hour before I have to put the order in.
As i'm still under budget, I was thinking of going for an i5 750. I've never gone intel before, is there any reason why i'd regret it?
Edit 2:"One very important discovery made during this review is that if you have a high-end video card, the CPU has almost no influence in the system gaming performance. So if you are building a high-end gaming machine, maybe it is better to pick a cheaper processor and invest the price difference on a faster video card." - AMD it is