CPU/GPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T and XFX Radeon HD 5870 (Cyprus XT)
Any thoughts on CFX 5870 vs SLI GTX 470? I've read until my eyes have bled about the GTX460 SLI, but I haven't seen much on the 470. I suppose I'm a bit hesitant to get a 5870 with the intention of CFX down the road because of the poor CFX performance (due to the poor drivers ATI have put out lately, a problem which may be remedied soon?).
Your LCD of choice @ $158AR
$1106AR Grand Total
At the rate tech moves, just upgrade to the next gen bang for buck single GPU solution for the games of tomorrow ^^ Just look at how Metro 2033 makes a mockery of very decent GPUs just a few months ago hehe
Batuchka, I'm not completely sold on just replacing my 5870 with the best single card solution at the time. By the time I need to get that extra oomph out of my system the price of a 5870 will most likely have dropped and should give me a nice boost in performance (provided ATI produces some quality drivers). Want to try and convince me?
I've also played around with the system a bit, cutting the total cost AR to $1300+ 20 shipping. I switched out my case and ram from my original post to the combo you proposed. Also, I'm not sure what combo you've selected with your 5870, but my 5870+1055t comes out to $534.99 ($20 less than yours).
+158 for LCD Monitor AR = ~$1307
Factoring in the cheaper combo I've selected, my build comes out to $200 more than yours. I'm trying to outline the benefits to see if it's worth it at all, so please correct me if I make a mistake.
+ Updated North Bridge
+ Slightly better onboard audio
+ Slightly better connectivity
+ Supports 3-way CFX (never going to use)
+ Avoid issues with I/O shield on the M4A87td EVO
+ ROG Connect would allow easy overclocking of my netbook
+ Looks cooler through my case's window (not really that important but, come on, it looks cool )
Verdict: Not worth it
PSU ~+60 (accounting for MIR)
+ 300 more watts, more future proof
+ Can support 2x 5870
Verdict: Worth it
CPU Cooler +30
+ Approx. double the air flow --> little bit less than double effectiveness
I'm going to go ahead and assume that the lack of replies means that we're on the right track here!
I managed to shave another $50 off the build, so if anyone would like to double check to make sure everything looks good that'd be sweet. For the price of my motherboard I'm tempted to go i7-930 ($200 at the local micro center), but I think sticking to AM3 and upgrading to a new Bulldozer chip in a year or two is a better move.
I wouldn't bother with SLI/CF on a system that has such a powerful GPU.
Say you bought a GTX275 a year ago and a SLI mobo. That DX10 card is still going strong in the newer games so by the time you'll need a second one it will be completely obsolete compared to the ATI 6 series and NVidia 5 series that will be available. Probably that card will even be out of production by then.