Hey, guys. I'm building a new computer most likely in the next couple months. I'm on a bit of budget, so I'll lay out basically what I believe to be a good option to do some *serious* gaming. and a bit of longevity that I want. And serious doesn't have to be 120FPS ULTRA MAXXXXXX SETTINGS. I'm fine playing 40fps on Ultra or 60 on High. And this may be my alternative to next-gen consoles - I'm not liking some of the stuff happening with them.
I'm gonna get an AMD Processor (probably 8350 or 6350) because it's cheap and still powerful.
I'm probably not gonna spend more than $100 on a mobo and definitely not $150. I want it to be SLI/XFire ready in case I want to upgrade later to SLI/XFire later.
I already have decent HDDs and PSUs and CD/DVD drives, so those aren't going to be bought.
My focus of my budget is obviously gonna be on graphics, and I've considered some things. I like having nVidia's PhysX stuff and have had good service and support from EVGA, but I don't need to stick to them, or nVidia. I'm really unfamiliar with the performance of recent Radeon cards.
Some other things: I know that VRAM is only important when playing multiple monitors, but I also like heavy mods of games (like the Minecraft and Skyrim mods) and those begin to use up more VRAM, so I'd like to have 3GB or 4GB on one or across 2 cards. Right now, I'm only playing on 1920x1080, but a second monitor is available to me, and I could purchase a third for some eye candy.
I'd like to stay under $700, but realize that may not be too viable.
I play games like Battlefield 3/4 on my PC, Skyrim, plan to play Elder Scrolls Online when its released, Minecraft, Kerbal Space Program.
What are your suggestions? Recommendations? Experiences? Opinions on PhysX vs no PhysX?