Originally Posted by worshipme
It's probably not worth the extra cost to go with the Core i7 rig then. The Phenom II performs as well if not better in games than the i7. And you put the left over money towards a better GPU. Speaking of a new GPU, I have a proposition.
Here's a good 790GX motherboard
that supports DDR3 and Crossfire.
The three stick kits are for the Core i7 platform only. For Phenom II you need the two stick kits. Just go with 4GB, it will be perfectly sufficient. There's no need to spend more on 8GB.
Yes, it'll be fine.
Coming back to what I said earlier about the GPU. I recommend you use the onboard graphics on the 790GX for a couple of weeks. On September 10th ATi is unveiling the HD 5800 series which support DX11. I think they will be well worth the wait so I don't recommend spending $200 on a new GPU now.
Ha you quoted a bunch right as I edited every post :P
Chose about the same mobo as you recommended, but ill pay the $5 more (after rebate) to go with ASUS over GIGABYTE.
How much will the HD 5800s cost? Since the HD 4870 rivals the GTX260s; I assume the HD 5800s will rival the GTX280s? Or will it leave them in the dust? If the 5800s require as much power as the GTX280s or GTX295s, ill need a 750W or 850W PSU i think... NewEggs PSU calculator seems to show way higher numbers than other PSU calculators i find... NewEgg's calculator is showing over 700W needed if the HD 5800s use about as much power as the GTX295s.... every other calculator i find i cant even get it above 600W, even NewEgg is only showing needing 525W for my 4870 setup too... the HD 5800s will probably be pretty expensive when they come out anyway, wont they?
Anybody else got advice? HD 4870, or hold out for HD 5800s? Might hold out for a bit for NewEgg to receive a stock of: the 700W OCZ Modxstream PSUs anyway. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341018