Now for a couple of questions. I have been researching a few hours a day for the past week, but this is my first time building a computer. (Thankfully I have a few experienced friends to help with the actual assembly). I already have a monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers/OS... am I missing anything lol?
I plan to Unlock the other 2 cores on the Phenom II x2 CPU, there seems to be a pretty high success rate. Assuming I can unlock the other 2 cores will I need a new cooling system for the processor? Also assuming the cores are defective and I have to stick with 2 cores will the processor still be able to play most games in the immediate future?
The only upgrade I plan on making in the future is to crossfire another 5770 if the need arises, that is why the PSU is 750W.
Any thoughts on how to get more bang for the buck or if any of these parts really suck would be helpful. I plan on purchasing all of this in <1 week.
I based the performance of this system on what could play FFXIV at medium settings with decent fps.
Also if anyone knows what the general % chance of unlocking with this processor/Mobo combo that would be great.
EDIT: I have a really old Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor, not sure how this will affect anything. My monitors max resolution is 1280x1024.
Wow nice work. You've certainly done your research.
The only thing I was going to ask about was your big PSU and then BAM you had already answered it. Thats a preety good choice of PSU to give you a bit of room with your Crossfired cards.
I think that processor is a pretty good deal for $90. I'm not sure if extra cooling is needed when you unlock but I would still get one either way. You could have a search to check if a new HSF is required for unlocking if no one else says. I would suggest the CM Hyper 212+ if your getting one.
I think you have done very well. Its looks like a pretty nice build and I have nothing else to say. Hope that helps and Good luck!
I don't know why people keep recommending the OCZ 550W Fatal1ty. The 750W version is good, but that one is made by Highpower and the 550W one is made by Sirtech and I've haven't seen a good review of it yet.