1. GPU. I'm really in the dark what to do here. My current plan is to get a single 5750 and if that's not tolerable to get a 2nd and crossfire them. Not sure what my PSU/Case can handle. My monitor is 26'' and 1920x1200.
2. Compatibility. Will all these work together fine (with no bottlenecks)?
3. Case. I'm worried about heat and space. I really don't want to swap it out unless there is no other way.
4. Extras. CPU Cooler, GPU Cooler, Cables, Adapters, Magic Fairy Dust. What are all the extras that are necessary, but are often left off advice lists (My first build, I've researched quite a bit, but am not sure what is NEEDED). Any suggestions of other things not needed, but are nice to have, are also appreciated.
I really appreciate any input you guys can give me. I've put the research time in and want to pull that final trigger on this build within the week. I'll check here often and give any updates/changes.
Thank you for your replies! I was excited to see responders whose great posts I've read in many other threads. I know I'm limiting advice with what I already have - wasn't planning on some of those purchases, just had a couple good deals fall in my lap.
At that price I'm switcing to the suggested Corsair. The cas7 isn't worth the extra cash IMO, thank you!
Nice find. Can't say no to a free cable.
The CM Hyper 212+ looks great, but unfortunately the availability isn't there. Bunch of places sold out. Amazon has 1-3months to ship, tigerdirect has 1-3weeks(more $), and newegg is price gouging.
I spent the last couple hours reading carefully through benchmarks I've previously skimmed and I'm leaning towards the ATI Radeon HD 5850. With my resolution, you're both correct that I shouldn't skimp on the GPU.
**I'm confused regarding which company/store to get the 5850 chipset card from. I'm finding the little differences hard to compare in a cost-benefit fashion.
I've read all the obligatory build threads - if I come off sounding nervous...well...I am! Having spent 1/2 my budget already I've crossed the point of no return and I'm very excited/nervous.