I've been talked out of going AMD Phenom x4/x6 and settled on Sandy instead. My current rig is down and I have a large development project to get started on... I just can't afford to wait another week or longer for the big boy Sandy Bridge boards to show up back in stock so my idea is to buy the cheapo MSI mATX board and replace it later with an Asus P8P67 Pro in a couple of weeks/months.
1) Is this mobo idea sensible if I need a build in the next two days?
2) Is the PSU alright with the mATX board, and large enough to SLI the video card later?
3) Any other thoughts?
System Usage from Most to Least Important: CS5 with video editing, WoW Cataclysm on max settings with high frame rates during raids, Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO later this year
Thanks for the quick reply. Considering my budget restraint, what sort of a value/power tradeoff am I going to see with the i7-2600k over the i5-2500k? Is the performance increase going to be large enough to warrant the more than 50% cost increase? I think I forgot to mention originally that I will be driving cross-country tomorrow past a Microcenter and can pickup an i5-2500k for $190.
Nice tip on the PSU, I've switched over to the XFX 750w from the Corsair on your recommendation. But, is 750 enough to handle SLI later plus 4 or 5 HDDs?
As for the mobo I hope to either resell the MSI and recoup a couple of bucks or reuse it later in a media server build. My current rig being down and not wanting to fix is more a function of having to reinstall software suites, rebuild databases, setup RAID...and then do it again in two weeks. I'm more than willing to pay the $85 as a convenience fee.
Yes a 750W is fine. Especially seasonic's, those things are really under rated wattage wise, it's more like 750W on 12v rail alone.
That xfx is 744watts on +12v and 150w on +3 and +5. So if other companies were to rate this PSU, they'd call it a 900w.
Technically you can run 2 560's on a 650 perfectly fine.