I am a complete noob when it comes to mobo's, any advice would be appreciated. The main thing i want out of the mobo is to be able to handle two large video cards with enough space for them to be adequately cooled. I read some reviews for the gtx 580 that said they like to overheat when they are in sli and close together.
From what I read in the other build threads you only need 8GB of memory for just about anything so that's what I went with. Also someone said that anything over 1600 wasn't really worth it so I stuck with the 1600.
Open to either nvidia or radeon but I haven't really decided. The reason I went with the 3GB one is because I plan on playing on a 37 inch TV and from what I read it seems that the only real use for anything over 2GB is for use on larger tv's. Is this right or should I go with card with a lower amount of memory? Nvidia or radeon?
The Mushkin Chronos seemed like a solid choice given what people on these forums have said about it. Also got some kick ass reviews. Eventually I will get another and stripe them. Until then i have an external HD I can use for file storage if I ever need it.
This is my first build and this is really just a rough draft as far as builds go. Any advice from the tons of people with more experience then me would be appreciated. Also any advice for after I actually build the machine and what tweaks I should do would be awesome.
What I did was buy the system but not a graphiccard, as nvidia are romoured to release their 6xx series in feb, then buy a gpu once they hit the shelfs, + 7950 should be out too. You can still use the computer until then cause it has the integrated sandybridge cpu, which can run games like CSS fine. Nothing new ofc.
Regarding setup and bang for the buck.
I would go with as rock extreme 3 gen 3 MB, has sli/xfire support and pci 3.0 all you need
GFX, dont buy 580 now, 680 rumoured next month, and currently 7970 a much better single GPU and u can afford it with your budget.
As far as cases if you want a miditower I would look in to the corsair carbide 500r, else the usual HAF 932 etc are good too. If noise is a big concern buy a fractal R3 design. PS get something else, a good 850w should be plenty, corsair,xfx,seasonic etc. Cpu cooler if u want the best get a noctua, it is abit expensive and kinda big though, best bang for the buck cooler is the coolermaster 212 imo.
Thanks for all the advice guys, as a result I have almost a completely new build. Here it is, let me know what you think. Its also just barely over my budget. Any ideas to take a couple hundred off the price somewhere?
Went with the i7 2600k instead of waiting for the ivy processors because my current machine is old as dirt. Will the socket change with the ivy processors? From what I read it seemed like they would be backwards compatible with current mobos but I'm still not sure. Same goes for the GPU and will eventually crossfire it so i stuck with the 1000w PS.
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION > as rock extreme 3 gen 3 , its best bang for the buck mobo atm. Supports sli/xfire, had pci 3.0 etc.
And you could wait till jan 31. for the 7950 release. Even if u dont end up buying it prices should be dropped, other than that looks fine.
Regarding socket, yes both ivy and sandy use socket 1155. I would just buy the 2500k now and save the money, 2600k isnt any better for gaming anyway. Only reason to go 2600k would be if you did video editing etc.