I am about to build a new computer, hopefully soon so I can take advantage of any boxing week sales.
I'm looking for something around $600-$700 CDN, not including a monitor, cd drive, speakers, sound card, keyboard, or mouse. So, just hardware.
I'm looking to buy from either newegg.ca or ncix.com. or both. Upside with ncix is I can pickup and get free shipping. But newegg seems to be cheaper still
First, I'd like to mention that I'm looking for something that I can upgrade with, but I'm not sure if it'll be worth the cost to bother.
For example, I'm pretty set on the phenom II X4 955 black edition amd processor, but as far as mobo is concerned I can't decide on a cheaper micro ATX board or a regular size.
I'm looking at getting an ATI radeon 5770 video card and am considering getting crossfire support for a future upgrade. But my first question is this: is it worth using crossfire on an x8 x8 setup or is it only really worth it with two x16 slots?
If its worth it on the x8x8, then i'll probably opt for the ASRock 870 Extreme3. But if it isn't, I might just get a micro board for much cheaper.
In either case though, I do want a case that will hold a ATX or micro ATX board, since when i do eventually upgrade, or rebuild, i don't want to have to buy a new case again.
This is what I've come up with so far, but I am looking for opinions and cheaper options that work for what I'm trying to go for:
Any better ideas appreciated. I'd like to get the PSU cost down if possible, but still want a decent one with enough voltage. if I go for a micro board, that might be easier. Also, not sure if this RAM will work well with the ASRock mobo?