That's what I'm thinking so far, what I'd really like is some input in where I can downgrade in some areas and upgrade in others. Also wondering if there is anything I should do differently for overclocking (such as the memory?). Also I have 2 640Gb WD hard drives, should I connect them in a RAID setup, or is the mobo RAID any good?
OK that's it for now, thanks in advance for your input.
Looks pretty solid. If you're only thinking of eventually crossfiring 5770s, then you could 'downgrade' the PSU, as 5770s don't use much power. A power supply that can reliably and constantly provide between 450-500W of power would be fine for a 5770 crossfire system. So unless you want to have more flexibility in what you want to be able to power in this system, then you could definitely get a quality PSU costing less.
Here are a choice of PSUs that I think would be perfectly fine, some are only cheaper than the 650TX if you get the rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
Bear in mind that your case comes in some good combos with good PSUs. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...
I think your memory is perfectly fine, altho I'm sure others will point out a 1600Mhz set that is only $5 more expensive. I can't really answer your question about RAID. I'm sure RAID would be perfectly easy to do on that board tho.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x9000
I know that's a typo, but if it wasn't that'd be a seriously tall monitor.
I think your memory is perfectly fine, altho I'm sure others will point out a 1600Mhz set that is only $5 more expensive.
What do you mean by this? I thought when it said 1600Mhz OC'd that I'd have to overclock the 1333 to get 1600.
Oh, I also forgot to mention OS. I guess I'm doing windows7 64 professional, but I'd also like to dual boot and learn some linux.
I have RAID setup on my current rig and ubuntu installer doesn't recognize it. Further research informed me that my mobo's RAID controller is in fact a software RAID controller? I guess I just need to learn more about this.
And that was a typo. My monitor isn't really that tall.
EDIT: Almost forgot, what if I had an extra 100 bucks? Where would be the best place to put it in this build?
You probably could overclock your 1333mhz RAM to reach 1600mhz speed, but what it means is that you buy 1600mhz RAM and to get it to the correct speed, you would have to set the speed in the bios. It's pretty simple to do and something that many think you should do anyway, so that you know you're getting what you paid for.
I think if you had an extra $100 I think you have four options.
1. Try and get a 5850, even tho it's probably overkill for your resolution, but you wouldn't be worried about running more pixels, if you either replaced or bought another monitor. Unfortunately I don't think $100 would buy that.
2. Make lots of incremental upgrades elsewhere, such a mobo with SATA 6GB/s, a faster harddrive - if you don't have one already, maybe a more expensive case.
3. Change to an Intel i5-750 build - the only thing that would be changed are the CPU and mobo. Altho getting a good mobo that can crossfire might again be too much for $100.
4. Save it and put it towards a monitor.
I hope someone else comes into this thread to answer your RAID question. If they don't then I'd advise possibly making another thread specifically about it.
Alright, I decided to aim for more basic stuff and go straight for the stuff that counts, CPU,Memory, and GPU.
Other notes, I'd get the Antec 300 case somewhere else. There's a few places that have the basic verison for under $60 with shipping included. Newegg has just been getting greedy because of the case's huge success.
I'd go to another website for the 5850 as well,since the XFX is sold out on newegg. XFX has lifetime warranty so its definitely worth grabbing instead.
If u don't need the DVD-RW you can subtract 8 dollars. The 600W power supply is overkill, So If you want you can grab something cheaper. The good thing is its moduler, has a -$7.50 promo code, and $15 is saved from the combo deal. This brings its cost to only $52.5
-$45 in rebates(these take up to 8 weeks after they've actually received the rebate and must be mailed(postmarked) within 21 days of purchase including weekends.
$732.39 After rebates.
Reasoning for the 5850. I also was going to fetch a 5770 in crossfire, but its really not worth it. You'll have to buy a more expensive motherboard,power supply, and you'll add noise,heat,and loose eyefinity.
I've already broke the budget when not counting coolers. I currently I have that board and I was able to overclock my CPU to 3.6GHz and undervolt it to 1.3375 on the standard heatsink. Every CPU is different though. If you decide to go further I'd grab a Hyper 212 if you wanted to keep it cheap. If you want some more impressive and quieter performance get a scythe Mugen 2. Once against, Because the hyper 212 was so popular, newegg greedy ass has once again inflated the price. You can get it on amazon for $30 with free shipping. Instead of newegg's ridiculously high price of $42.56 compared to a dozen other sites. I love how newegg put everything on 1 site and its easily searchable, but every time an item offers great performance for the price and sells well, they'll jack up their prices and end up making it cost like 30%+ More than other websites.