Hey, I am looking to build my own computer, and needed some help. I picked out everything I need, but I wanted to know if everything is compatible, and what you guys think of it all. So please tell me what you think of it, and feel free to suggest different items to me. (I am looking to stay under $1000, with all this stuff right here, its just about $1000)
2nd I'm not a fan of crossfire, and i'll tell you why. its better to put $400 into one card the 2X$200 because -
-you dont get a %100 increase in speed with two cards. you get %50-75 increase, depending on how well the game uses the cards, and on the drivers
-2 cards will make more heat and noise than one will (alot more, esp since they will be together, restricting airflow)
-if you want to upgrade in the future you have to replace both, but if you have one card you can just swap it out for whatever you want.
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one last thing, if you have the cash, i'd buy a 120gb ssd to complement your hd. (maybe get a cheaper video card ..) i have a ssd on my laptop and its amazing. everything is instant. instal the os and important programs (office, firefox, vlc, ect.) on there and your games + stuff on the hdd.
Another reason not to get that motherboard is it runs crossfire at x16/x4, for crossfire you want dual x8 or dual x16 (the dual x16 isn't much better than dual x8 and usually isn't worth the extra cost). Also you might want a am3+ compatible board to open up your future upgrading options.
Two HD 5850's would be a lot cheaper at $280 total...
You could easily have an i5 2500k build with a 1000 dollar budget that would be much better.
The X6 will likely be outperformed even by an X4 at identical clock speed (no games yet benefit by more than 4 cores due to OS overhead) , and, naturally the X4/X6 variants will be outperformed by any i5-2300/2400/2500k.
The 6950(2GB) has a larger framebuffer, consumes less power, runs cooler, and is 10% faster, albeit $30 more expensive.