Re: Help me make a high end AMD build
SLI and crossfire are sort of daft, other than getting a second of an older card to get a cheap boost in performance, a single card is always better, it uses less power, creates less heat, uses less space and you won't get the issues that come with multi-GPU setups.
As for the board, I wouldn't trust Newegg reviews, they are usually written by computer noobs or people rageing because, like can happen with any product with any manufacturer, their product was DOA, or went slightly after, even though it is for that exact reason there is warranty. Like all other ASRock products, they are as reliable as any other brand, more so than your very cheap brands such as Biostar or ECS. Should anything happen to the board, their warranty service is excellent as well. They are a branch off of Asus, and I've used Asus who, the times I've used them, have come below expectations, but have never had to use ASRock, however from people I know that have used them, their service is excellent, both in times to get a replacement and communication/support throughout.
A Samsung F3 1TB is faster than a 640GB Caviar black, yes.
And it is completely up to you which CPU manufacturer you choose. If you want to go Intel instead, wait until late in January, their new Sandy Bridge processors are coming out, bringing with it a new socket (1155). They are meant to be same performance as 1366, but with the price around that of 1156, so the best option. Even if you don't go with SB, it would most probably drop the prices of Intel's current lineup, meaning you can get more for your money
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Secondary::: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus | Intel Q6600 | 2 x 1GB Corsair 800MHz | Gigabyte 9800GT | 180GB Caviar Blue + 250GB Storage | Win 7 Ultimate x64