[quotemsg=17067876,0,2134520]So I decided to adopt both solutions, seen here: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/LnzQrH
I am still wondering if this would be better than the Asus G74SX though. Also do either of the incompatibilities matter? Thanks for the help so far, I just want to get this cleared up before I call it solved. Oh, and one more thing. My friend said I should go for DDR-4 ram rather than DDR-3, is this really important? One more thing actually. I was thinking of getting a motherboard with 4 slots just in case I ever feel like upgrading, would it be worth it to get a http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h97anniversary or http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h97mpro4 instead or is 8gb all I will ever need? Thanks[/quotemsg]
DDR3 vs DDR4 differences for gaming is negligible.
- Cas latency is lower on DDR3 than DDR4 (and you want it to be as low as possible).
- DDR4 can archieve higher Mhz (and this you want too)
- DDR4 has higher density, meaning you´ll mostly see a max of 8 GB ramsticks at ddr3 where as it is not unusual to see 16 GB sticks in DDR4. With a limited number of ram slots on a mobo, this favours DDR4.
In reality, 8 GB of ram is more than you need for games, and it doesn´t look like we´re gonna see any games in the near future that is going to crave more than 8 GB either. Also, rams are so ridicoulous fast, that it doesn´t really matter if you have a 8 GB stick of 1600mhz DDR3 or you have 64 GB of 3200 Mhz DDR4. The GPU will bottleneck long before the rams do.
As of for R9 390, it beats the GTX 970 for modded Skyrim, and a few other titles. GTX 970 will outperform R9 390 in some other titles as well. Overall R9 has a bit more power, and it´s not a bad purchase, but before you get buyers remorse, consider:
- R9 390 is essentially just a rebranded, higherclocked 290 card with more memory
- R9 390 is loud, hot and won´t overclock well.
- R9 390 card is massive, takes up 2½-3 slots and it may not fit in your mobo without blocking other parts like ram slots.
- You may want increased cooling
- GTX 970 is cheaper, uses less power and runs more silent
- nVidia Drivers are better optimized
- GTX 970 will overclock decently
- will run almost all new games 1080p @ highest settings
- easily upgraded to SLi