Any suggestions? Any incompatibilities anyone sees? First build and I think that is everything I need. Not planning to OC, got a board that supports Crossfire just in case, also got SATA 6.0Gbps and USB 3.0 on the Mobo.
seriously, if your headset about AMD then you should be thinking about a AM3+ mobo... but for a start, intel CPUs out perform AMD cpus in gaming because their chipset is better. and if your gaming i recommend a better graphics card. i'll post an intel based build when i can but read this in the meantime... http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083
you dont need external fans.
might save some bucks, do not buy a cpu cooler(the tx3) at this time. if you got some money in future, go with it or a 212+.
i will save some bcks and will go with a same quality psu
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 75$
now you have 51 extra bucks, go with a better gpu like a 6870
actually, manu's PSU might be a good idea, with that $20 you could find a GTX 560ti @ http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-PCI-Express-Gr... it is just fitting the budget after rebate, but if you want to SLI (mobo can) get a better PSU. BUT if you get the Antec, you could save yourself some money and get a cheaper mobo that has 16/x4 not 16/x8, that could save you anothe $50, money for the i5-2400, which would blow away EVERY AMD CPU in terms of gaming (can't find link but it is somewhere it the tom's reviews...
Anyways Concerns: Black Edition = Overclock which you said you are not going to do, the CPU cooler there is not needed then and if your not going to overclock you may aswell go the i3-2100 route whic would give you more performance.
16/4x for xfire or sli, not sure buddy, the board he had already chosen is pretty nice and has single x16 and dual x8 so it might be a good deal.
at his budget, he might not get a 560ti or a 2400, investing in a better gpu is a solution i think so.
i3 2100 would be my choice if the person is not an oc enthusiast, or can live with a dual core. if he is a person who is willing to make a quad core rig, 955 will be the way to go.
I guess the main thing is I'm not really looking for massive resolutions and ultra high quality. I'm fine with lower resolutions and medium settings, and the 5770 (single) provides that. If it starts to fall behind, buy another and xfire...
I'm transitioning from a 12 year old laptop, so I can put up with not having uber-great graphics.
a single 6870 will also give you your desired performance(even more).its noise level, its power consumption are all less than a 5770, lso a 5700 xfire will make a lot of heat in comparrison to a 6870. the extra money worth it.