Well, I'm ready to pull the trigger on this next build. Looking for any opinions!! Especially any money savers or better performance for the money options.
System intended use... Multimedia (no heavy editing) & Gaming (like FPSs with high FPS but not nutty levels of resolution). Do not anticipate any heavy multitasking or serious number crunching.
Going with AMD secondary to the future proof AM3 boards and the relative savings over the i5.
Will likely OC at some point in the near future. Also plan on Crossfire in the future as well. (explains the 750w PSU)
Check out the Monitor choice in particular. My current dinosaur has to go and if I keep this new monitor as long as I kept my old one.... Well, I better invest in a higher end product as it will be with me for about a decade.
Heres the bits....
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD253GJ 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive X2 in RAID array.
SAMSUNG XL2370-1 Charcoal Gray 23" 2ms LED Backlight Mega DCR 5m:1 Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
May consider a 890GX based board???
You do not need a 750W PSU for two 5770s. A good 550W PSU could easily do it.
I was wondering about that. Newegg's PSU calculator stated I needed 550. I thought I would give myself a little headroom with 750. Maybe I should just go with the Corsair 650... It is currently on sale too.
Do have first hand experience running two 5770s through their paces with a 550w? If so, that would make me feel much more solid about dropping down to a sub 600w PSU.
I've dealt with a maxed out PSU before and it sucked.... Kind of a 'ghost in the machine' set of problems that can drive you nuts.