I didn't expect so much input so fast, thanks alot guys. I forgot to mention I'm getting a new monitor also which adds $200 to the bill (ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) decent?) which is why I was looking at a cheaper mobo. I already have a decent cheapy HS, the RR-910-HTX3-G1 was just thinking of adding a second fan to it, but a new, bigger one might be more beneficial.
And I was thinking about multiple GPUs in the future but dual 8x seems like a rip-off and the dual 16x boards cost a little more. Is dual 8x really much better than a single 16x? And also what are the benefits of 256-bit vs gddr5? Which is more important as in speed?
The PSU came in a combo deal with the case on Newegg making it $20 cheaper and it already has 2 PCI connectors, that's enough for me. Mostly wanted SATA6 and USB 3.0, but I've heard SATA6 doesn't give much benefit. Would 650w be enough for dual GPUs? Oh and modular is important, the less wires laying around the case the better
I was just looking at the current mobo because it also came in a combo deal on Newegg with the CPU, and it says it supports up to DDR3 1866(OC) so I thought it could take the 1600 I chose? I dunno, would I really get much benefit from 1600 compared to 1333? Also I read somewhere with this board that more than 2gb forces the memory to slow down, I plan on getting as much memory as possible eventually so that's a problem. And yes I do plan on OCing, but since you say that board sucks for OCing then I guess it's out.
Altogether the parts I chose (with monitor) including shipping come up to $990 so I was hoping not to go any higher, but I guess for a decent mobo I have to.
BTW I want a system to run most games max settings at 1080 if that helps? I know I ask too many questions, but I'm just trying to learn and don't wanna get a part I'll regret later. Would really appreciate more input.
Last edited by Tokin : 06-24-2010 at 01:56 PM.
Reason: Oh and Jimmy suggested the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO which is cheap-ish, but again with the dual 8x, better than single 16x?