Hey guys, im new here but have lurked these forums for ages. I finally made an account and am posting because I really need help deciding on parts for my new i7-860 build!. BTW im from Canada and 920s arnt cheap here T_T
First of all I cant upgrade to the 920 . I got the 860 from my brother for cheap and can't afford to get a 920.
Parts I wont need are monitor, keyboard/mouse, case, powersupply. CPU
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sooner the better but willing to wait for couple weeks if needed.
BUDGET = 700 but Im flexible
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Homework, Gaming, Browsing, Movies, Burning bluerays (if i get a burner)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Parts I wont need are monitor, keyboard/mouse, case, powersupply. CPU ( Powersupply is 650 watt corsair)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: From Canada and I would like to use new egg or buy locally.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferance
OVERCLOCKING: Only if i am using a very easy "click this button to overclock" on the stock cooler.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: , 1680x1050 right now but WILL be upgrading to better later.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quieter the better and would like it to be very stable. Also I would like it to be future proof for atleast 2
Ok so here is what I have in mind right now
Cpu: Core i7 860 = $250
Motherboard: I AM really torn on this one! I really dont know what to get. Some say the gigabyte p55 ones are annoying because if I get the usb3.0 ones they throttle my vid card speeds. I heard Asus is really good here and I can use usb 3.0 and my vid card properly? is this true?
I dont really need usb 3.0 and the new sata I just like the future proofing option. But I most probably will run crossfire right now or near future.
I will NOT be overclocking unless I use the asus built in software to click and overclock or the 860s turbo mode.
My budget for a motherboard is $200 although ideally it will be around 140.
The Power Supply you have should handle Crossfire no problem at all, so no need to worry about that. For now, i would wait until Fermi comes out, especially since you are playing games @ 1680 x 1050, That will give you time to get a better monitor, and hopefully the prices of the 5850 have dropped by then.
As for the hard drive, see if you can fina a WD Caviar Black 1TB model for cheaper than the Seagate, you'll thank me.
G-Skill Ripjaws would have been my suggestion, so stick with it.