Now, I've been reading that, although being quite good, the graphics card that I've selected gets quite hot. Therefore I'm just wondering if perhaps I should pay more for this case which has more fans:
The total cost right now for the above components excluding shipping and tax is $1140.97 CDN.
I would prefer the cost doesn't exceed $1300.
I would like my PC to be able to play games such as Fallout 3, Oblivion, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Just Cause 2 etc while looking better than their console counterparts, and I would also like to run RTS games and PC exclusives such as StarCraft 2 and Crysis with a solid framerate. The games don't need their settings totally maxed out, but obviously the better they are the happier I am. If there are any areas where I could cut costs, or even if I should upgrade to a more expensive component let me know. I would like to keep costs down, the current price is a little on the high side for me.
Also if you can suggest your favourite Keyboard and Mouse that would be great.
Another thing that I forgot to mention was that I'll need wireless networking capabilities, and I didn't see in the mobo specs whether it had this or not. What would I need to set this up?
Any input or opinions you have will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the reply, do I need to worry about changing the motherboard in order to use that GPU? Reason I ask is that the motherboard is using an nvidia chipset on the north and southbridge. Also, I might want to sli/crossfire eventually and I don't think my mobo has crossfire capability. Any recommendations?
Going with the ATI card will negate the heat issues, altho the CM690 should be fine for the 470. The 5850 also uses less power than a 470, so you would be able to crossfire them on something like this: XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W XXX Edition $114. If you wanna stick with the option to SLI 470s then you'd need something like this: Corsair TX750W $132. The Ultra LSP750 isn't a very good PSU, neither is it powerful enough for two 5850s, nor 470s, so you would have to replace it if/when you got round to buying another card - if it lastest that long. You should go for professional reviews of PSUs over customer reviews.
And then I'll just Hybrid Crossfire the onboard video adapter with the Sapphire Ati Radeon 5850.
I'm going to stick with the 965 BE CPU just because I don't mind spending the extra $20 for it, and if I decide to overclock in the future (you never know..) at least I'll have a better processor to work with.
Hybrid Crossfire is when the IGP and discrete combines for better performance. The supported discrete GPUs are HD 24XX, HD 34XX and HD 5450 for the 800 series mobos. Any more powerful discrete GPU disables this function
So basically I won't be able to run Hybrid Crossfire with the 5850 and the onboard chipset. I'm okay with that I suppose considering I've heard the 5850 is a very nice GPU, but would I be able to use the onboard GPU for when I'm just browsing the internet and watching movies, and then switch to the 5850 for gaming, or would that be too much of a hassle?
5850 lower it's frequencies to 157/300 while just browsing the internet or watching movies, reducing power consumption and temperature, then right when you open up a game or any 3d app, it jumps to 725/1000 for full penformance. so there's no need to switch between adapters