Is everything compatible? Any known issues with these parts?
How is the mobo in the combo deal? I am a little confused on choosing a quality one...
Will the i5-750 be sufficient if I were to add an extra 5870 in the future?
Do all 5870s have eyefinity? (Confused because there is another 5870 that is more expensive that has "w/eyefinity" in the title)
I am starting off with one monitor, but would like to add another of the same in the future. I would also like to hook my PS3 up to the monitor if possible. What 23"+ monitor would you recommend?
Is the timing good on the RAM selected?
As for the building process, is there anything else I would need to get other than arctic silver 5, screwdrivers, and anti-static wrist band?
I have only built one computer in the past, and that was about 10 years ago. I am excited to hear any input from you guys. Been reading these forums a lot for the past month.
Thank you very much for any suggestions,
7) You shouldn't need the AS5, the Hyper+ comes with a tube of thermal paste. You'll need a phillips head. The wristband shouldn't be a necessity either as long as you ground yourself on the case regularly.
jbakerlent, I think I am going to go with what you recommended and include the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard and Asus VH236H monitor to the list (The Samsung looks beautiful, but doesn't have HDMI). This all included would bring me to $1,456 before shipping, which is perfect!
Last few questions..
Will that HSF be all I need? Should I buy extra fans or anything like that?
Eg Lawns, Is there a difference between a ddr5 and a gddr5? Some other posts say that they are the same when it comes to video cards?
Would overclocking the i5 solve the bottleneck issue with dual 5870s?
Lastly, would I run into any space issues with two 5870s in that HAF 922 case?
1) Between the HAF and the Hyper you have all the cooling that you will need
2) They are the same
3) To a degree. There aren't really any processors under $1000 that wouldn't bottleneck dual 5870s though.
4) I would highly doubt it, but I can't speak from personal experience
I'd move to this MoBo rather than the Gigabyte.....Don't see the sense of having Xfore and USB 3 when if you insert the 2nd GFX card, the USB 3 and SATA III are crippled. This board for $5 doesn't suffer that limitation
Would suggest either a 650 watt PSU (one GFX card + overclocking) or an 850 watter (twin GFX cards ad overclocking). Price differences are minimal. See the ones in bold if your planning on serious overclocks ....the underlined ones will suffice for moderate overclocks.
For comparison purposes , the list below contains performance ratings (10 scale) at jonnyguru.com / prices as per newegg on 02/21/2010 and ones w/ double asterisks (**) made it onto silentpcreview.com's Editor's Choice List meaning they excelled at both electronic and acoustic performance:
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
^ No Idea why you decided to copy and paste those power supplies...
Anyways, why does the Asus board not suffer from limited bandwidth??
Where can one purchase the 2100? Oh, and also why would they want to? It's the same as the 2000, and the 212 outperforms it so.... http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=241...