I have just started building my very first gaming PC, and i have a couple of questions. Here is a quick overview of the components i plan to use thus far...
Case- Coolermaster haf 932
Mobo- Asus Crosshair IV Formula, ( MSI 890FXA-GD70 )
CPU- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz
GPU- ATI Radeon 6970, (or a 6990 if its out by the time i am done)
Opinions on Hard Drives, Optical Drives, Sound cards, and anything else i may have missed are welcome. I just wanted some advice on the Guts of the system. One question i do have is what kind of wattage do i need from a power supply for this configuration.
The questions i have are
- What kind of power supply should i go with?
- And basically any other helpful advice anyone can offer?
- Which motherboard should i use?
- Will the listed items work together?
- Just help a n00b
Power supply of about 650 W should take care of your 6970 build, unless you are going to add another card in crossfire, then add a couple hundred more at least. If you are considering the 6990, then 700w/900w, respectively. Here are four examples of acceptable PSU manufacturers:
The motherboard you selected is awesome - it calls for multiple cards, and Tom's Hardware just published an article that praised Radeon's for their scalability. Plan on purchasing at least one, if not two, more video cards to run them in Crossfire. If you don't think you are going to extend your system, then you might want to scale back, but you are asking for balance on this system, and multi-GPU is it.
Don't worry about a sound card - sound processing is on the motherboard.
Since i wrote this post yesterday i have decided to go with an intel rig. I am looking at doing the sandy bridge I7-2600k @ 3.4ghz. So now I am looking for another Mobo. I do want to eventually run crossfire. But i would like to start off with a single GPU because of money restrictions. I guess what im asking is for recommendations on what a good MOBO would be for this. And also Do i have to run dual GPUs or can i do one and then come back later and add another. I think also that i will scale back from the 6990. I would like a 2gb GPU so any reco would be appreciated. So i need a board that supports an I7 and also will do crossfire. cause i would rather run ATI than nvidia.
If you are looking for a board that will support Crossfire and the Intel® Core™ I7 2600k take a look at the Intel Desktop Board BOXDP67BGB3. This board will support both Crossfire and SLI configurations in an x8/x8 set up. All the while giving you a stable platform from which to work.
Asus is not the first company to announce AM3+ mainboards based on AMD 8-series chipsets, so in the end this solution could be officially supported by AMD. As a result, in case AM3+ sockets are not much different from AM3, other makers of mainboards will also follow Asus and will also release BIOS updates enabling operation of AM3+ processors on current platforms.