I am really sorry if its hard to read or a hassle, I did my best to make it easy to read. The text that is plain is my current set up, and the upgrades and charges are underlined and italicized.
I am mostly looking for any incompatibilities in my upgrades, something that will make me say "Ahhhh ***..." after I buy it. I might not purchase this for another month or two (Depending on how nice my relatives are for christmas, ya know?)
1 x Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case~
1 x ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock 880G EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~This upgrade allows room for a second video card upgrade, as my old mobo has the two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots so close to each other when one is full the other can't be used.
1 x XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Because im upgrading the case and the mobo, would it be more cost effective to buy another XFX radeon 5770 and crossfire them?
Items not being upgraded, not cost effective enough to see a difference RAM
1 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
1 x SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black EIDE/ATAPI Model SH-S222A - OEM
"Never had a problem with this disc reader/burner, don't really burn anything so it's not an issue, nor a performance problem, obviously.
The ram will not work in the new board it only supports DDR3! The Antec PSU will be enough for a single card not a dual card setup. A better PSU would be recommended if you go HD6870 for a little headroom.
Antec EA 650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... If you stick with what you got and single powerful card you do not have a bad computer. Rumor has it that the new HD69xx series is coming later this month and that would be all you needed with bigger PSU to have a kick a$$ system.
I'm thinking a new case anyway, to optimize space and cooling.
Because right now I just realized I have a "versatile mini tower" or mid-ATX form factor, idk which, but the cords coming from the PSU are taught 100%, there is no slack, and the current GFX card takes up like 50% of the space in there.
So I'll just wait for the new 69xx series and get that power supply.
Thanks a lot.
Would it be smart to pick a higher PSU just cuz? or will a 650 do just fine?