Hello everyone this will be my first build and I need some help and input.
I would add a list of parts that I would like but I have very little experience when it comes to what parts are good and what GPU fits in a motherboard ect...or what ram is compatible...As you see I have very little knowledge
A little about what I want and what I have...
This rig will mainly be used to game and browse the internet...I play a lot of League of Legends, but I also like to play the new games that are more demanding.
I had an Alienware m14x, and when I first got it I was happy with it, since I needed to move from place to place, but now I'm back home and this thing gets to hot, and can't really keep up with some newer games, it can run them..but the fps are horrid..
I have a Hyper X SSD 120GB
I also have the Sony Playstation 3D display which is 24" which I use for the PS3/XBox360, but this will do until I can get a monitor.
And a LiteON iHas drive.
I was going to buy the Alienware X51 which would cost me $1200.00 with these specs..
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 (8M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
8GB2 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
2TB Serial ATA 3 Hard Drive
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 1.5GB GDDR5
but I was told to come here, and get some input from the community and what I can do with that money...
The reason I wanted to get the Alienware was because I'm a complete noob to building a rig and didn't want to mess up anything.
I also would like to go with an Nvidia cards because I'm already use to them, but I'm willing to look at the AMD cards.
Thanks for reading my wall of text, and helping.
Approximate Purchase Date: In May
Budget Range: $1,100..not including shipping will add that after.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: None, new build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon.
Location: Los Angeles California, United States of America
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: If possible in my budget yes
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x 1080
Additional Comments:Can be any case, doesn't have to be flashy
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I game on a laptop need a new desktop.
Although the build slomo4sho linked is decent enough, I don't know if I'd opt for 2 GTX 660s instead of a single, more powerful card such as the GTX 670. Various reasons for this.
Higher power consumption, lackluster support, and micro-stutter amongst other obstacles. Ultimately, it comes down to the games you plan and your needs. a 660 SLI configuration performs better than a 680 but you may revert back to the performance of a single card if you pickup a game that doesn't utilize SLI efficiently.
Also, if OP does go with the Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R cooler, it is highly recommended that you install it onto the motherboard before you install the board in the case.
...Which is why I wouldn't SLI two low level cards. Granted you rarely run into games that are entirely incompatible, it can just cause all sorts of weird glitching. Crysis 3 is a good example, the first versions of the game suffered from severe water flickering with SLI/Crossfire setups. Also I recall that DmC had crashing issues with one of them or both.
These kinds of issues are quite commonplace, but are usually fixed with updates/drivers pretty soon. Should also note that the performance gain from SLI is extremely relative to the game you are playing in comparison to single GPU systems. It can range anywhere between 0 to 100 %...