Hi I have a relatively speaking old and failing computer which im hoping to retire from its glory days.
I am looking at a build around $2000 as soon as possible for Im afraid the end to my poor old friend is near.
I have put a list together and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestion for any additions or changes to it.
Graphic Card: Not certain
Case:was looking for the Limited Military Edition but its only availabe in europe and asia so far, very intresting case although.
HDD: any 1TB 7200rpm with a cheap price will do
My main concerns about this built are
are these the best hardware for the price that you could get or is there room for improvment. Is the 5970 really worth it, and is it a good idea to use a ATI as the primary GPU and let a lower end Nvidia like a GTX 260 run PhysX in windows 7 with the ATI phsX driver patch hack any suggestion or tips will be greatly appriciated. This might also sound very stupid but i couldnt realy find any answer to it by seraching google, is it possible to run 2 banks of triple channel memory? basicly having 12gigs of ram in pairs of 3 insted of 4 banks of 2.
I don't think you should get the PhysX card since it doesn't make a difference in most games. The only game I know it makes a big differnce with is Batman: AA. The 5970 is already a beast of a card anyway. No, at least I've never seen a Mobo with 6 memory slots instead just gets 8GB RAM.
I was thinking for the Heatsink, I wanted to go with a Noctua NH-D14 but what im woried about is the pure weight of the thing its 1240grams which is 2.6lbs roughly. Would that cause a curve on the motherboard in the long run?
First of all. All x58 motherboards use tripple channel meaning they have 6 slots which you said they don't. And you must have 3,6,12 or 24gb of ram for optimum performance.
Secondly a 960 is quite a waste. It's binned higher than a 930 but that doesn't warrent the price difference.
The case isn't vcery known I'd opt for an antec 902, 1200 ora haf 922,932
The 5970 is very bad bang for buck. 5850 crossfire is faster, cheaper and cooler. 470 sli is much faster, similarly priced but not as effiecient. And if it's an upgrade path you're looking for a 480 is the way to go.
I have a noctua d14 and my mobo looks fine.
And unless you're planning heavy OCs a premium isn't neccesary. An -e or ud3r will do fine. And even if you want a better board I reccomend the ga-x58a-ud5 over the premium.