Hey guys, I was wondering if I could get some final opinions on this build before I buy the parts.
I will be primarily using it for gaming, but also homework/programming/daily.
I plan to overclock and have kept open the possibility of adding in another card for crossfire in the future. I also plan to use two or maybe even 3 monitors in the near future, as well as occasional use on my 42inch tv.
I have not decided if the SSD is worth it or I should have spent that money in some other place.
Any suggestions? I'm open to everything. Thank you.
There's nothing wrong with that motherboard, you can just get better for your dollar. Plus you'v got a near full tower case, so why put in a micro ATX board? The Extreme4 supports Crossfire/SLI properly (8x/8x PCI-e3 lanes). Has two more SATA3 ports and the BIOS is easy to use. Looks better than Gigabyte boards as well IMO.
Just so I don't seem biased toward it because I'v got one, it is smaller than ATX stanadard. The far right mounting screws wont line up in your case. For me it isn't a problem but some people think its a big negative on the board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great pick on the graphics card. MSI typically over build their cards so that will last you a long while.
The power supply isn't the greatest but will be fine. You will need to upgrade that to 750W if you want to Crossfire/SLI with some headroom.
The SSD is without doubt worth it. Boot times on it are amazing and any game installed to it loads so quickly. Fallout 3's constant load screens are only about 5 seconds long, versus the 10-20s before on a HDD.
Screws? If you mean actual screws, RAM doesn't need them and all the ones you will need will either come with the component or the case.
You may need multiple/stronger GPU if you intend to game on multiple screens, but just having extras to extend your desktop will be fine. Also the actual size of the screen doesn't matter, just the resolution.
The SSD is good. As you can see in my sig I have it personally. Just make sure to update its firmware before putting the OS on it, as the update is destructive.
Just leave them out. There is still 6 other screw holes in the board that will align, only the far right of the board is unsupported.
You could get a power drill and make your own holes in the case to use the off kilter holes in the board, but you wont need to go to that extreme.