Monitor Resolution: Eh... Doubt my monitor is 1920, prob ~1680... Planning for a 1920 though.
So many different builds I keep searching for. I am just overwhelmed by how many different set up I see and I am not sure what it is I am looking at, no time to learn PC all components right now! I would like to make the best decision I can with my limited budget.
Don't care about esthetics. Or loudness of fans as long as it is not hindering performance or lifespan (of course, it's nice though)
Grand total is $677!. However, I didn't include the price of Windows 7. You can save a bit of money by getting a slightly cheaper PSU. You could also get a cheaper AMD processor and then overclock it or buy the cheaper HD 6850 GPU.
Including the OS (W7 64-bit) Comes out to $617 (no monitor - yet)
That all looks good!The PSU looks good, especially with that mail-in rebate and free burner, glad you found a deal. However, I recommend that you get a motherboard that properly supports Crossfire so when that card starts to underperform, you can simply add another one and get a good boost in performance (but you'd probably want a 750W PSU for this, especially if you over-clock the GPUs or the CPU). If you want to over-clock the CPU, be sure to search around for some decent CPU fans.
NONONO!! I am jealous of your build! But that's not the point.
The Motherboard is an intel board. You need to look at the socket of the CPU under 'details' of the item on newegg and find a motherboard that supports the socket like the two I'm looking at for my build.
Its the best speed RAM your ASRock or the boards I suggested can handle.
Going with anything higher speed would force you to OC the board which would drop it too 1333 anyway so why waste money and create a hassle for yourself?
And be carefully you dont bottleneck the processor with the graphics card!
I'm sorry if me telling you this creates for work for you but I'm just trying to help.
Bottlenecking is when you have, for an extreme example, a Pentium 4 processor and a 6870 graphics card. That would slow down the graphics card horribly. Just remember, the bigger the gap in quality, the worse performance you get.
But as far as I know, you will be okay with what you have.
CoputerNewbie, thank you for your reply! and the sick deals you shared with me. I want to ask, does the motherboard play into bottlenecking? or is it just between the processors and the graphics card? I am currently looking at another build, which I may be able to buy and upgrade.
I like that motherboard you posted, would this MB bottleneck with the 6870 and Phenom II x4?