PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon,
Tigerdirect, whatever's cheapest online COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US of A
PARTS PREFERENCES: None really.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - Would like to be able to, never have before. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road if needed.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 monitor, 1920x1080 tv for streaming movies.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Leftover parts are coming out of a q6600, 8800 gtx computer. Motherboard is done, and took the video card along with it.
I've been looking over all the threads and realize my position is fairly similar to others in terms of the gaming and money spent. I really would like to make sure it's suitable for SLI or Crossfire in the future, and I really cannot decide if I should get an i7 or an i5 because of the streaming movies, and possibly CAD. I will probably be going with the XFX 5850
So I have a question on the mobo in regards to crossfire. I guess the P55 chipset is limited by when in crossfire mode, the max is 8x/8x and when there's a single card its 16x. How much of a difference does this make? I'm not going to be crossfiring now, but maybe in a year or so when my system could use a nice little boost and the 5850's come down in price a bit.