APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:week to a month BUDGET RANGE: 1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and Watching Movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have Azza Solano 1000 Full Tower Case-Win7-64 bit-I7930 Quad Core
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Zipzoomfly.com, newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Think I want to stay away from new GTX480, PCI-E 2.0 X2, at least DDR3-1600
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently at 1680x1050 Eventually to 1080p
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm just not sure which way to go. Been reading reviews on a lot of items, and I just don't know.
Was looking at the Asus P6X58 Premium, but someone said if I X-Fire the cards are on top of each other. I'm guessing that all the motherboards are like this. Not sure if I want to Overlock this or not. Looking for a good cooler on the off chance I do.
Video card I'm up in the air about after reading some opinions. The GTX480 doesn't seem like it's all it could be vs the Radeon for the price. Want to pop in a radeon 5970, but don't think I want to spend 800, but X-Fire 2 5870's is like 1 5970 saving about 30 dollars.
At your resolution a 5970 is overkill, even a 5870 is slightly overkill.
I wouldn't get two 5870's or a 5970. Get one single card now, and in a few years if you think your games aren't playing good enough THEN buy another one. At this point, one 5870 will play every thing at max.
Before any one comments on the XFX PSU, it's basically a seasonic PSU, very high quality.
The 5850 (or 470) is where you wanna be at 1920 x 1080.....for 1650 x 1050, the 5770 will suffice.
The 5850 costs you about $8.89 per frame in Dx11 games (1920 x 1200 high settings) whereas the 470 costs you $9.08 making them pretty competitive. The 5850 beats the 470 in Metro 2033, the 470 takes the flag in the other DX11 games.....but again, it's very competitive. The 470 doesn't do as well in DX10 games. Given your case and PSU sizes, power and heat of the 470 shouldn't be problematic to other than your electric bill
For comparison purposes, this is easy to remember ...... a 100 watt light bulb burning 20 hours a week would cost you about a buck a month (average US electric cost) .
And when you hook that TV up, peeps are often disappointed as they expected to sit much closer and when they do, everything is grainy..... you are going to have to sit some 8 feet away.
Case though has 5 fans and the XFX Power supply has only 3 peripheral connectors, which I'm assuming is the molex? Would it be batter to go with the Corsair for 175?
CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Also how important is it now to have USB 3.0 and Sata 3.0 on a MB?