Hi, I am a first time builder and want to play some of the upcoming games as well as a bit of BF4 at modest to high settings at a playable FPS (40+ average if possible).
Here it goes
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks
Budget Range: AUD $1400 not including postage.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Australian if possible
Location: Western Australia, Australia
Parts Preferences: not really, just reliable brands.
Overclocking: No, unless it will give noticeable improvements
SLI or Crossfire: Yes - later this year
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I don't really care about noise levels, not really about aesthetics and I will probably install more aftermarket fans.
Why Are You Upgrading: Finally wanted a gaming PC that will outperform and play console games that look good.
I have spent a while researching and choosing parts however I do not know if these would be the best for my budget and requirements, also I can increase the budget if necessary.
Here is what I have come up with so far.
-Better quality case with better airflow. That will greatly benefit future crossfire.
-Cheaper psu. XFX is still a great brand and yes, 850w is plenty for a crossfire set-up.
-Full size ATX motherboard so you'll get more room between the two crossfire'd cards so they can get more fresh air.
No it won't. The i5-4440 and 4570 are essentially the same chip. The only difference between the two is that the 4440 is clocked 100mhz lower. That 100mhz will make NO difference other than the fact that it costs more.
You can definitely add in a SSD later on as an upgrade.
About the overclocking, it's really up to you. The "K" variant of the processor costs an extra $60-70 more than the i5-4440. Additionally, you'll also need an aftermarket cpu cooler in the future when you do want to overclock. A stock i5 will not bottleneck crossfire 280X, but some people still prefer to have the option to overclocking because it can increase the life span of your processor a bit by having it run faster. It's all up to you, whether or not you feel that the extra money justifies it.