I went lighter on the CPU because gaming doesn't really depend too much on the CPU's power. Using the savings from the CPU, I was able to fit in the 5870 and maintain quality across the board. I also included a larger case and PSU in order to fit the larger GPU and increased power demands of Crossfire as an upgrade option.
This is where my lack of knowledge kicks in. I didn't really know the differences in motherboards especially and I figured the psu would need to be bigger but wasn't sure. I guess the case I picked would make the gpu get in the way of the hard drive bays?
And the CPU won't bottleneck that high end graphics card then? and I guess since it's AM3 I could upgrade to a 955 or better in the future?
Typically, you want to stay with Asus and Gigabyte for the motherboard. They're the most reliable and are generally higher quality. After that, MSI, EVGA and ASRock are the next best choices. Anything other than those should be avoided.
It's not just that the PSU is too small, it's also from a lower quality brand. RAIDMAX PSUs are absolute crap. You generally want to stay with the major brands (Corsiar, SeaSonic, Silverstone, XFX, Antec).
The X3 won't bottleneck the GPU. In fact, any recent CPU won't. Games are so dependent on the GPU now days that the CPU's impact on performance is bascially nothing. Also, the X3 could potentially be unlocked into a quad core. You definitely have a good upgrade path with the AM3 socket, so the potential issues are even lower.
ok awesome. thanks for explaining! And I think I'll end up upgrading the cpu at some point in the next year and then add a 5870 when the prices come down a decent amount. I really want to try out the 3 monitor eyefinity though. It looks very cool.
Any other suggestions or options? Or is there any way to get it down to 1000 total? Just trying to get the most for the money but still have quality parts although if it can't be cut anymore then thats fine. Just thought I'd ask for any other opinions
Yea I'd rather not do that so I'll just live with it and see if any good deals come up on any of the parts over the next month. I think the 5870 is the way to go b/c the 5890 is just overkill and the 5850 would do fine I'm sure but I'm under the impression that to run eyefinity very well the 5870 is a must. I heard the crossfire and eyefinity have been buggy b/c of driver issues so the 5850 alone might not be enough power to play at decent settings on 3 1080p screens. Are my facts right?
To run Eyefinity well, you'll need two 5870s in Crossfire or a single 5970. Anything less won't cut it. The 5970 is the only single card solution that can run Eyefinity with playable rates. To really do Eyefinity well, you'd need to be spending more in the $2,000 range (not counting the monitors).
As for driver issues, it might be a bit buggy, but it will get better over time. Each new driver improves it.
Yes I meant 5970 sorry. I was thinking the 4000 series with the 4890. I guess I'll just stick with the one monitor then until I can get another 5870 but I think the 23.6" will be plenty to start with and that 5870 card is pretty awesome. Thank you for the quick responses and knowledge you've given me. It's helped a lot!