I am building a gaming rig with a budget of about $850, planning on purchasing today or very soon. I think I can afford a Radeon 5850. The only component I already have is a CM Hyper 212 HSF. The primary purpose of this is to produce high FPS in games like Starcraft2, Call of Duty MW2, etc. Display resolution is ~1650 now, but may be 1920x1200 soon.
GIGABYTE has a bunch of combo deals on their 5850 mobo. Do I want their old, cheap 770 board, the expensive 790X below, or 890GX?
This is what I'm thinking, but please comment and suggest.
Option 1 with the 790X mobo comes to $890. Option 2 with the 890GX mobo is $880, but some reviewers claim the RAM slots are too close to the CPU HSF. This stretched my ~$850 goal...can sacrifices be made without upsetting price/performance ratio?
You'll have to go with this combo if you want a PSU that can xfire the 5850's down the road w/o having to buy molex to 6pin converter cables.
Alternatively, the 700w OCZ's can run xfire 5850, but you'll need to buy some converter cables.