I built my computer based on the recommendations from this forum last time, cause I know you guys really know your stuff! I love my computer, and I'm trying to help a friend put his together. This is what I came up with for him...
He really wants a good gaming PC that fits in a microATX case for LAN gaming. This is the system I came up with. Do you guys have any changes, recommendations, or size/heat/compatibility concerns with this build? I know sometimes there is an issue with components in a microATX case, so I wanted to get feedback from you guys first.
Thanks so much in advance and for the past help with my build! You guys are amazing!
I would be surprised if the 5870 fits into a mATX case. The card barely fits in some great ATX cases. Assuming you've acutally looked into it and it fits, I still wouldn't pay for the Vapor-X version. It doesn't do anything for you. Instead, check out this combo: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870. You get a 5870 and better RAM at a great price.
If the 5870 doesn't fit, check out the 5850 or 5770. Both of these would give great gaming performance, but are smaller cards (the 5770 especially).
I would also spend $5 (counting the rebate) more and get an Antec Earthwatts 750W. It's a lot higher quality.
Thank you so much for the responses MadAdmiral and rwpritchett! Based upon your suggestions, I made some changes. If the 5870's difference won't be that noticeable than I'll go with 2 cheaper and hopefully easier to fit crossfired 5770s. Here is my new updated build. This sound good? And honestly, it won't be running anything more than one monitor 1080p....
The difference between the 5770 and the 5870 IS great. I simply stated that if the 5870 wouldn't fit, you would need to get either the 5850 or 5770, which are both good cards. And I would only drop to the 5770 if the 5850 didn't fit (it should). The 5770 will need to have the details lowered on a 1080p monitor to be playable. The 5850 would be good for that resolution, with the exception of Crysis. The 5870 is good at that resolution with no exceptions.
Anyway, on to the build. It's decent except for the huge, extremely slow HDD, and the low quality RAM. OCZ RAM is very hit or miss. I would avoid them at all costs. That HDD is a 5400 model. That means it's not only old, it's super slow.
I would stick with the original build (with my changes) as long as the 5870 fits. If the 5870 doesn't fit, switch it for a 5850.