APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 Weeks BUDGET RANGE:$1000-1200. Budget does not meet Crossfire requirements. Budget is less important then having crazy 2560x1600 performance (hopefully on AMD to save $ in general)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming only
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Intel SSD, case (big arse Thermaltake Armor)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like an AMD rig possibly if it saves money and does not gimp gaming
OVERCLOCKING: Probably (I want a good cooler) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1600 =)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Well I was recently enlightened to the whole AMD thing since it can save like $200 I can put to video card(s)
I am wanting to play games at 2560x1600 @ 60FPS. As of now I play BFBC2, Legue of Legands (which hardly requires a GPU but looks great), and I plan to play stuff like StarCraft and Diablo when they arrive.
I have been eye ballin ATI 5870 cards. Would 1 of them power those games to victory, would they supply any kind of eye candy (2560x1600 doesnt require much boost IMO for AA and AF but you're the pro). I would maybe rock 2 of them if the experience would be THAT much better.
I was also thinking if I went AMD it seems the CPU of gamers is the x4 965, which can overclock some?
If i went Intel I understand the rig would cost like $200 more at LEAST and perform almost the same in gaming?
Also people say AMD sockets like AM3 are used longer than Intel, who pwns you on a new socket every 10 days... but that huge CPU post says they may ditch AM3 in like 1 year?
Anyway thanks for listening, so far I have this as a build although the mobo is not a crossfire... do I need crossfire for my monitor?
Yes, AMD is more upgradable, but for your budget, Intel offers better performance. Also, for saying you want Crossfire, you didn't pick a board with two PCIe 2.0 slots, which is the bare minimum requirement for Corssfire.
The i7s are out of budget. By a long shot. An i7-930 with a quality board will be about $500. The RAM adds another $175 to that. With those additional costs and the 5870, you've only got $100 for the PSU, HDD, optical and HSF. It's just not enough.
To be honest, I'm not a fan of RAID 0. You do get a speed boost, which you don't really need with a SSD. However, in exchange, you get a doubled failure rate. That includes the odds that you lose everything due to a minor error. I just don't think the trade off is that great...