I have been trying to figure out a gaming build and from community help I think I finally have one I am happy with. I would prefer to save a little more money on this and if anyone have some suggestions of how i could do so I would be happy to hear them (I am pretty set on my mobo and CPU but thats about it) . I am building primarily a gaming machine that i do not plan on overclocking. (i already have a 460 GTX card so thats not included)
If you get it you will have to rteturn the board as theres going to be a recall see http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/cougar-point-sata-error,n... unless you can live with the downtime I suggest you wait. If you don't mind the downtime order fast as I guess they will stop selling them if they need to recall them.
Wow, thanks for the information on that. I was real close to buying it this morning but decided to get some feedback on my final build, thanks for saving me from that guys.
A couple more questions, would an AMD build be much cheaper and would my 460GTX work as well on AMD as it does on intel? if so could someone point me to a couple of good AMD cpus and mobos (soemthing on par with my asrock mobo). I am wanting to get a computer up in the next month that will run RIFT well. I know how to put computers together but I don't really keep up with new technology, nor understand most of it, so suggestions would be great.
AMD will be cheaper, but an Intel build would outperform it. Going with an AM3 motherboard with an overclocked Phenom X4 955 BE (OC by simply changing the multiplier in the BIOS) would be a good gaming rig, but not like what SB should / would be.
The GTX 460 would work fine in either an AMD or Intel build.
The ASRock 870 Extreme3 would be a good board for either of those processors (or any AM3 processor).
I don't know... The x4 has a higher clock speed, but the x6 would benefit in multi-threaded apps (if you use any). If you are open to overclocking, either of those processors will get close to 4GHz with an aftermarket CPU cooler. Debatable upgrade, but both would serve you well. My choice would be to OC the X4 955 BE.