Hello everyone. This is a great site and i've learned alot from these forums. I thought i'd post my planned build and get some feedback.
Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks Budget Range: ~$650 USD System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, schoolwork, Gaming Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, best deals Country of Origin: USA Parts Preferences: amd build with am3+ crossfire mobo Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: Yes Monitor Resolution: eventually 1920x1080 Additional Comments: Trying to get best value on a budget, with upgradability. <-- is that a word? Contemplating going with a 750w psu and 6870(s)
I havent really decided on the case and power supply. These are weekly specials. Originally was going to go with 750w psu and 6870, but trying to save a lil bit as i will soon upgrade my monitor and mouse. Thanks in advance your feedback.
X-Fire 6850s draw about 400W at load. Considering you aren't using a power hungry CPU (the review I looked at had an i7 965), your system will be using less than that amount. I would get a cheaper 6850 just to save a few bucks. Don't count on rebates too much; they all end up with different results.
A quality 650W PSU is fine, but "quality" is important. Check the power supplied to the +12V rail. As long as it's about 650W to that rail (about 55A) you'll be fine. The PSU you've got is 648W to the +12V rail, which is good.
The build is really good, though. It's pretty close to the AMD build I'd have given in your price range.
Although i've heard good things about the asus 6850, i think i will try to save more money and go with your recommended brand of PowerColor.
Will 4gb (2x2) of ram be sufficient? or is 8gb standard these days? Would there be room to add ram later on the Asrock 970 with crossfired 6850s and a heatskink? Should i be getting 1333 or 1600? and voltage of 1.5 or 1.65?
Thanks for the help, this is going to be my first build
1600 speed, 1.5V RAM. Also, CAS latency 9. 4GB of RAM is about enough, but RAM is cheap and if you can afford 8GB then you should do that. 2x2GB lets you upgrade to 4x2GB later on and 8GB is plenty. 2x4GB also lets you upgrade to 4x4GB later.
Thx for the intel build, i haven't really ruled it out. Are the h61/h67 boards gonna be compatible with the newer releases of processors? or would a p67 z68 be a better options. I would like the option to upgrade the processor/add an extra video card a couple yrs down the road to extend the life. would an i3-2100 be the bottle neck with 2 560 ti's? Is an i3-2100 and a z68 (x8, x8) be a good option for my price range?