I am doing a new build for my brother. Trying to keep the budget under $1000. I quit using AMD in 2002 and swore I would never subject myself to the problems I was having. However, I find myself looking at the 955 and thinking it might be the way to go on this build. It gets great reviews and the numbers also look good. What does everyone think.
I like that build. However considering that the OCZ 700W PSU doesn't have enough connectors to be able to power more than one 5870, then save some money and change to this combo: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB & OCZ ModXStream 600W $110 with $25 rebate.
Sorry, I should have been more specific. This is not a gaming computer. Web browsing, office documents, Java programming, etc. I am not planning on spending more than $70-$100 on the GPU. Here are the other products I am using.
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP $79.99
Power Supply: Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU $34.99
Hard Drives: Intel X25-V $114.99
SAMSUNG F3 HD502HJ $54.99
Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 $154.99
Video Card: MSI N9600GT-MD1G $94.99
OS Microsoft Windows 7 $109.99
Software Microsoft Office Home & Student $59.99
Optical Drive HP Black 22X $26.99
That comes to $730 so I have $150 - $200 to spend on the CPU and around $100 for the motherboard.
Also, you could save some by getting a cheaper video card, a geforce 8600 GT would be plenty for your work, or one of the new radeon 5450, at a price comparable to the 9600 GT would be the radeon 5570 if you have a need of the power these cards deliver, but gain the benefit of eyefinity that the radeons offer.