Hi, I am looking to build a computer for gaming. I am looking to get a major improvement from my laptop, i7, 4gigs of ram, ati 5730. I was hoping to spend about $500-$700 on just the processor, motherboard, ram, and video card. I have a theoretical idea of what I'm going to get right now.
Asus M4A88T-M/USB3 AMD 880G Socket AM3 PGA-941
The MoBo is good, i use practically the same one, as well as a 6850, and it handles all sorts of games at decent resolutions. You'd likely be better off with a fast quad core over the 6 core processor though. I'd recommend the phenom X4 955 and a good cooler and then overclock it to around 4 ghz. You may also want to invest in a dual channel memory kit as opposed to 3 seperate sticks, as your system will run slightly better that way.
Will 2 X 4gig dual channel sticks out preform 3 X 4gig sticks? I found this RAM will this work in dual channel:
Kingston KVR1066D3D4R7SK2/8G ValueRAM - DDR3-1066/PC3-8500 - 8 GB - Parity - Registered - 240-pin DIMM
If my MoBo can support 16 gigs of memory and has 4 slots, does that mean I am only allowed 4gigs per slot (16 gigs divided by 4 slots is 4gigs) even if i dont use them all?
About the RAM itself... Well... Ditch the "value" one IMO. Try getting a DDR3-1600 with low latency, that way you can 1:1 the HT link, giving you a few cycles more for computing. Not a HUGE difference though, but still.
I think I will get 4 X 4gb ram and the 6 core processor. I have not overclocked and dont think im going to start.
How much power would this pc consume, or how much should my power supply give.
I am changing my MoBo to a ATX, not mini, so that I can get another ati 6850 when I need. My new Mobo is,
MSI 870S-G54 AMD 870. It also supports more kinds of ram and has another 16 pin pci-e slot. Would having the second 6850 boost graphics enough to run crysis 2 maxed out at 60fps?
I would also look at the current prices. comparing 1 6970 to the price of 2 6850's. Also, is your PSU big enough to handle powering two cards? Then there is your motherboard. Assuming that you meet the requirements for either one, I would got with the cross fire. most cross fire builds scale up pretty well when using two older cards vs 1 newer.
Also, here is a page that shows statistics between the two. Your actual statistics would vary from these, given the different hardware. but from what you mentioned earlier, you should be just fine. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=292
Also, definitely go with the quad core phenom II. I purchased one, and I love it! phenom II 955t BE oc'd @ 3.8ghz 8gb of ddr3 @ oc'd @ 1600 msi twin frozr gtx460 asus m4a88td-v MOBO
I do not want to switch to switch to an i5 processor because it is way more expensive, if you count the MoBo. If I did get the Phenom II X4, would it be a lot of work to overclock it? As a side note, I do prefer Intel but I am looking to get as much as I can with the money I have. I am no expert in power supplies so... what psu should I get. Is a 750w one good enough? Are there any good, cool, cool looking, and cheap cases? I know that the graphics card is going to be HUGE.
O.K. I have found a new MoBo, MSI P67A-G43 (B3), and a i5 2500k. Although it brought the price up a fair bit, it will increase the performance. Everything is just sitting at $1000 with tax and shipping. When I install the RAM, would I place them in slot 1 and 3 or 1 and 2. There are alternating colors on the MoBo. To I place my 2 RAM sticks on both red sockets or one red and one white?