My main concern is the motherboard. Is it worth it to get the true 2 x 16 Crossfire capability (790FX) instead of the 1x16 or 2x8 one I have? Also, I've never built my own machine before. I'm kind of terrified of spending $1000 on something that I've never done before. I'd rather practice on cheaper parts, but don't have money to spare or parts laying around.
A very sensible well balanced build, it's obvious you did your research. Since your build is still a couple of months away i'd make sure to keep an eye on any changes in prices on some components. (890GX or FX or the Asrock 870 with 8x/8x crossfire capability for example) Also make sure you check out the combo deals in newegg before ordering since they can often save you a chunk of money. Building your own PC is surprisingly easy and the familiarity you achieve by doing it with your system pays off big time.
Thank you for the feedback, but I have no idea what you just said
I think you said that the 890FX is better than the 790FX. What makes the 890FX so much better? Will it allow me to Crossfire 2 video cards without sharing bandwidth?
I think you also said that the 790X is not as good as the Asrock 870 Extreme3, and it seems from the image you attached that it basically is the same as the card I picked at a lower price.
I'd really like the motherboard to be as gaming futureproof as possible, and I think I'll be limiting myself with a board that can't support two cards both at full bandwidth, but maybe I don't understand the role of bandwidth enough.
I'd rather spend the money on a good motherboard that will support graphics upgrades for the next 5+ years than on the highest possible graphics card at the moment. In other words, for the next 5 years I want to keep playing the latest games on default settings.
Will the Asrock one fit that bill? Is there another one you can recommend?
1. SB850, SUB/SATA 3.0 and prices of 790FX still relatively high
2. Correct just like in point #1 better tech on the Asrock even at lower prices
3. No worries : unless board is 16/4, 8/8 is fine for CF
4. No gaming rig would not see a GPU upgrade after 2-3 years let alone 5 so the GPU is about the least futureproof h/w hehe
5. If u really want 16/16 our very own forums had done a 890FX shoot out here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-890fx-crosshair...
6. You are welcomed ^^