I'm looking to get a new motherboard/ram/cpu setup to go with the hardward I already have in my current pc. I'm aiming at purchasing in the next couple of weeks. The most intence use the comp will see is gaming in titles like left for dead 2, dragon age, or starcraft 2.
What I already have and intend to re-use,
PSU: Antex Earthwatts EA-650 (12V Rails 22A+22A+25A)
GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 5850 1GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 320-GB Hard Drive ST3320620AS
WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 3 Gb/s 7200RPM WD1001FALS
Mon: Samsung 226BW 1680 * 1050
Keyboard: Logitech G15 1st Ed.
Mouse: Logitech G9
Speakers: Logitech 5.1 System (not sure the exact one)
Cd\DVD: Tsstcorp SH-S182D Cd/DVD Burner
I am planning to use Canada Computers as my retailer since there's one really close to me in southern Ontario and they seem to have decent prices.
I might be looking to overclock in the future if I need a power increase for future games. I will not be looking to use dual GPUs.
I was looking at the UD3 because it has sata 6Gb/s and USB3.0 but I notice that it cuts the GPU bandwidth in half if either of those features are active. By a quartre if both are active? Will this matter on the 5850? I don't have any sata 6Gb/s devices right now and probably won't get one soon. Is the extra $10 worth it? I would still have usb3.0 on the usb3 board and it wouldn't kill the pci-express bandwidth on the cheaper one.
I noticed on Gigabytes' website that the i5-760 isn't supported on the rev 1.0 release of either motherboard. What are the odds of getting a board from that release? Afaik the 2.0 revision both support that cpu natively. What would happen if I put it together and it wasn't supported? Would it get far enough for me to flash the bios or would it just not post?
I will probably be buying a copy of windows 7 64-bit home premium to run this system since I only have a 32-bit winxp licence right now.
I will probably try to use this system for 3-5 years with a cpu upgrade to extend the life when it can't run games very well anymore. Depending of course on availability of processors and how the prices change.