SLI or Crossfire: When the prices drop on current cards
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080. My 2 year doesn’t know it yet but he’ll be buying me a new monitor for Christmas so I’m planning for it now.
I don’t have any comments but I have a question I’m hoping you can answer in regards to this build.
I’ve built this as a slight variation on a recommended build by tecmo34. The main difference is the 5850 vs. the recommended 460. I’ve seen comments in some posts and in the BestConfigs threads that the 5850 will perform better with an i5-750 instead of the i5-760 I have here. I can’t find anything to back this up other than some random comments here and there. Any truth to this? I don’t mind getting the i5-750 because it’s obviously cheaper but I don’t have a problem paying a bit more for the i5-760. Seems a no brainer to me unless there is a performance issue I don’t know about.
The i5 760 is a later version of an i5 750. Its just faster. There is no issue of compatibility between a CPU and graphics card. There could be motherboard chipset issues, but that would be the motherboard, not the CPU. With current hardware the only issue is that there are no new AMD motherboards that can SLI nvidia graphics cards.
Have you used a gaming keyboard like that one before?
If you dont play a single character in a single game alot, you likely wont develop the memory of the programmable keys to make it a useful purchase.
You might consider getting Tuniq TX3 instead of AS5.
Check the HAF 912. Its a brand new model that is well designed and has dust filters, which the 922 does not. I have become a big fan of dust filters to reduce the need to open up and dust out the PC.
They ranked the Shin-Itsu MASSCOOL Thermal Paste as the best, although Arctic Silver 5 and Tuniq TX3 are also recommended. Their conclusion was that the high end products are all very close together, so as not to make a big difference.
As for the case, the darn Canadian site has a $35 shipping charge on the 912, effectively making it the same price as the 922, after you purchase some aftermarket fans. There is only a single 120 mm that comes with the 912, and you have to like those 2 X 200 mm fans on the 922 - the airflow through it must be incredible.
I have but added filters to my Coolermaster case to cut down on some of the dust/animal hair (I have two dogs and a cat). Don't see these fan filters on the CA site, but am sure that you can find something on-line that will work.
I noticed myself that the HAF 912 has only the one 120mm fan so I's need to buy a number of aftermarket fans to add to it to compare to the HAF 922s 1 120mm and 2 200mm fans. I've also seen a few youtube videos where you can make some pretty simple filters for the 922.
I'm going to be buying a number of components from Canada Computers for cheaper or the same price as newegg without the shipping so I'll check into maybe getting the 912 and the fans.
I should have mentioned I play MMOs and FPS almost exclusively so the keyboard and everything on the left hand side should come in handy.
Thanks for answering my question dndhatcher! The TH community never fails to impress me
That just saved you @$105 off the same components.
Just pricematch everything except the 5850 from http://www.ncix.com/
I'm sure the shipping is cheaper since they now ship out of Ontario as well as B.C.