I'd guess a 750W PSU is a bit excessive, even for overclocking (but Corsair ftw).
And if you're going with a Velociraptor, why not go for the full 600GB? It's faster
I'm thinking about the future as well. May end up adding a second 6870 to the mix, or wind up upgrading the cpu to something that uses more power. I doubt that I would use 750W, but I don't want to run into the problem of having not enough
power. Plus Corsair is win.
Well, the plan is to use my existing 120gb SSD (Sandforce controller) to house Windows and assorted program files, etc. And use the velociraptor almost exclusively to house my games. I also have a 1TB drive that holds music and other assorted crap.
Polah wrote:I wouldn't get an Phenom II X6. Perhaps a Phenom II X4 965 (3.4Ghz), it's ~$100 cheaper.
Take into account that most games don't particularly use multicore processing, so unless you're going to be CPU-intensive things like video encoding, an X6 isn't really worth the price.
Perhaps a larger hard drive, unless you know you won't need more than 450GB although you could just get another drive further down the line.
GPU-wise, you should certainly get the 6870. It's the latest release so it's as up to date as possible and is only ever so slightly weaker than the 5870, it's barely noticeable really. Especially considering the 5870 is 1.5-2 times more expensive, although that could be in part to do with it's being discontinued now.
In response to Enk's post, a 750W PSU is fine. The 5870 consumes ~250 watts under load if I remember correctly and the Phenom II X4s and X6s consume ~130W.
Hmm, I hadn't considered that. I just saw 6 cores and started to drool. The faster X4 is probably the better choice. Thank you
Jplus wrote:Just a question out of curiosity: why choose for an AMD Phenom II, rather than an Intel Westmere?
Because intel is overpriced as all hell. I've been using AMD processors for years and I think I'd like to keep it that way. Also arent the westmeres server processors?