SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS, DVD drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (charges tax since I live in TN), Tigerdirect.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel chipset 1156
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Building for FFXIV mainly. Motherboard must support SLI or Crossfire (depending on vid card purchase) for future upgrade. I would like a 500 GB or greater HD, but will go lower to cut costs if necessary.
I would like to spend no more than $700 on the entire build after rebates. I have already purchased the case locally. Here is what I have come up with (3 vendors: Amazon.com, Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com).
that's a good deal on a 5770 and PSU for onyl 150! HOWEVER... if you are going to run SLI that is not a good motherboard choice. When you run two video cards they only run at 8x each b/c they share one 16x bandwitdh. I'd upgrade the motherboard for another $40 bucks or so to one that will run two cards at 16x each. If you only use one monitor at lower resolutions, then dont worry about it. If you run higher resolutions, then you wil notice more of a drop in performance with 8x8x vs 16x16x
I do live the above reccomended build... however.. you cannot run two Geforce cards in an SLI on an AMD mobo/processor combo. Technically you can, but it involves some hacked software. I'm not sure exactly waht is involved since I've never done it... but if you ever wanted to SLi two 460's on an AMD build, it's goign to involve alot of research and specialized hacked programming.