So I'm planning on putting together a new media/gaming PC, but this will be my first time building from scratch so I have some concerns about compatibility, and would really appreciate some feedback from some more knowledgeable techies. I already have a few parts, but I'm not sure if they'll be able to work together.
So here's what I have so far:
CPU/Heatsink: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0 GHz
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
I also have all external components taken care of, I'm just not sure what I'll need for a compatible mobo and GPU, or if the RAM I have will work in conjunction with the rest of the system. I also have no idea if there's anything specific I should be taking into account when selecting a case, hard drive, DVD drive, etc. so any advice would be a great help.
In terms of budget, I'm not a rich man, but will be putting this system together over time, so I'm not too concerned about the price. I don't need top of the line gear, but I'm willing to put as much money into a GPU as my system can handle, given the power limitations and whatnot. I've read about multi-GPU systems, and if it isn't too complicated then I'd be open to that as well.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give, or specific parts that will work well for my setup.
nvidia and Intel go hand in hand. ATI and AMD go hand in hand.
This statement is false. Nvidia and ATI (AMD) GPU´s are equally good with Intel systems (actually more support CF than SLI). AMD system´s favor ATI (AMD) Crossfire setups but are equally good with single Nvidia cards as ATI (AMD) cards