APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of March - Beginning of April
BUDGET RANGE: $1500 - $2000 (not a hard cap)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, Movies, 3D Studio Max)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: i7
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I haven't built a system since around 2005 so I am not fully up on the current hardware. I have no experience overclocking which is why I prefer not to with this build. At the moment I am not going to do crossfire but I may in the future. I'm primarily building this so I can play Bad Company 2 with most everything maxed...but I would like to be able to play future high quality games for a few years without having to upgrade.
Here is my tentative parts list after doing some research...
My main concerns/questions:
- I spent forever trying to decide on the motherboard and after reading reviews and looking at specifications I think I'm going to go with the GA-EX58-UD5. Any advice or suggestions with this choice and how it relates to my CPU and Memory choices would be appreciated.
- I was considering going with 12GB of RAM (2 kits of 6GB) but I've read that there can be issues with getting it to work and detect all sticks properly. Is it even worth it or should 6GB be sufficient? I've never messed with RAM timings or anything like that so I'd rather avoid having to do that.
- Originally planning on one 5870 but I know that the new Nvidia 400 series are coming out March 26th and if this drives ATI to lower their prices or increase the availability of the 5970 I was thinking of going with two 5870s, or preferably one 5970. Any suggestions?
- Any recommendations for quality gaming monitors LCD 22" to 24" widescreen.
The 5970 is like two HD 5870 in 1 GPU it would be better IMO to go with a single faster GPU then two in xfire ( because not all games scale the same in xfire and you wont get 100% more performance with 2
The build looks solid.. 3DS Max being the least concern makes 6GB ram better to go with WIN 7 64 bit compared to 12GB.. Its just a few days more before we see the fermi cards available which in most probability will cause a reduction in the current ATI cards pricing.. But in case you've shortage of patience, the buid you've set up looks good..
Probably going to go with that ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" monitor, looks great.
I had been thinking about that ASUS P6X58D mobo for awhile but wasn't sure if I needed all its features...but then again I don't need 8 USB 2.0 ports that the Gigabyte board offered, and I guess having some 3.0 ports would be good future-proofing. So I may go with the asus board now.
The ram you suggested looks good, gunna go with that probably as well. The only thing I'm waiting on is the possible price drop and availability of the 5970...or may just go with the 5870.
I saw your answer to altamimi93's question and that system is essentially the same as this one with your mobo and ram suggestions lol.
HDD: Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
Jack - Shortstuff posted a link the other day indicating that WD does finally have a 500 GB platter performance drive out. The Caviar Black WD1002FAEX. Of course, it's about $20-30 more than the Samsung and Seagate drives, so it's probably only for WD loyalists, but it's an option.
A 32" wouldn't fit my setup, and is probably bigger than I'd want anyway. I'm hesitant to get a card as soon as it comes out, would rather wait until the kinks are all worked out. And the release of the fermi cards may drive the price down a little on the 5970.