I liked the idea of that cooling thing for the intel. Any comparable thngs for the AMD? Overclocking sounds like something i might do. Also, does the MOBO i have fit in with the ports on the case? I look at pics and they dont seem to line up. Once again im new.
That HSF will work on AMD CPUs as well. It will actually work for every current generation socket. I included it with the AMD recommendation because the X4 955 is a little slower than the i5, and overclocking would help lower that difference.
Yes. It's about 15-20% more powerful, uses a lot less energy to run, scales better in Crossfire, runs extremely quiet and stays very cool. Not to mention it supports Eyefinity, DirectX 11 and bitstreaming.
Basically, you would be looking at replacing the 4850 in a year or so because of the new games using DirectX 11.
The 5770 will be more future proof. The 4870 will be more powerful at the same price. Most people here will recommend the 5770 over the older cards because of the future proofing factors and the lower power consumption.
Also, does the MOBO i have fit in with the ports on the case? I look at pics and they dont seem to line up. Once again im new.
You have to remove the backplate that comes with the case and replace it with the one that comes with the mobo.
I watched a youtube video about installing the heatsink and it said you should have a 21cm width case. Is the antec case that wide?
Well on the specs it says 8.10", on my tape measure when I count 10 notches above 8 inches it is opposite 22cm. Whereas when I put 8.10" into an online length converter it says 20.5cm. So ?
I think allowing 5cm for the motherboard tray is a bit excessive. So considering the fact that the Antec 300 and Hyper 212 Plus are recommended together quite often I'm sure if it didn't work it would have been brought up by now.