I am trying to get a new system together, and it has been about 5 years since I have done this. After about a month of research, I have come up with a system that I think is pretty well balanced and will work nicely. I ask for any and all advice and opinions on the build, and welcome wise changes that I can make. Thanks for your help, and here's my current build:
I see they have small differences in model numbers, but why would you have more than one card of the same type? The only difference I can find is a small one in the clock speeds, with the cheaper of the two having the faster clocks! I am genuinely confounded by this and want to know if anyone can help clear it up.
The faster clocked card has a different cooling solution, probably more efficient and quieter.
Also, the actual PCB could be different. Important for people using their own cooling solutions such as water cooling. The slower one is more likely to be stock design... and they make them and then sell them. Often you can see an older design still for sale while the newer is listed along side.
Thanks for everyone's help in making this computer better. Any advice on CPU cooling? I don't really plan on any overclocking, but I do run pretty CPU intense computing tasks as part of my personal research.
1. SP12 is right. Spending 30 - 40 bucks extra on a 470 makes more sense. But then again, you wont really be needing anything more than a 5770 to play SC 2 or WOW on high.
2. You don't really need an aftermarket HSF, even if you were running Prime95 for hours on end. Dunno 'bout the 860, but the 920 cooler is good enough for me to run it @ 3 Ghz on stock with just the one case fan. (My case came with 3. I had to take 2 off because of noise issues)