Parts Preference: AMD over intel b/c for mobo+cpu, the intel is 50% more expensive than AMD, but I'm not playing the most demanding games and doing occasional photo editing, so I think AMD 965 is enough for me, even though I know the i5 knocks the 965 out of the park. Hoping piledriver will be good, possibly can upgrade to that, holding the same mobo.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, and games played: Dota 2 (valve), starcraft II, possibly Crysis, Battlefield 3. Using: Adobe Photoshop
Why I am upgrading: having trouble running Dota 2, and other newer generation games
Current configuration: AMD Athlon II x2 245, radeon HD 4650, ddr2 ram
Don't get that mobo. It's a 990FX but the slots are x8 in Crossfire/sli. True 990fx should be x16 in crossfire/sli. You could do just as well with this mobo:
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
what if i don't do crossfire in the future? i don't know the increase in GPU performance offered by crossfire..ie is it +30% performance? I know a downside is that the computer will run really hot with two videocards running in there, so i'm leaning towards not doing a crossfire config in the future.
in the case that i don't upgrade to crossfire in the future...
1. what would be the best motherboard?
2. should i still get the sapphire HD radeon 7850 1GB ($214 after shipping and tax) over the xfx radeon HD 6870 1GB ($174 after shipping and tax)? I notice that the Radeon HD 7850 is a 1GB, while most sites only hold the 2 GB version.