I'm making a new build for a couple reasons, 1. My old computer is literally 1200 days old. 2. The parts it was made with were old to begin with, a 460GTX and AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE, both from mid-2009.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within 48 Hours of this post
Budget Range: ~$1000(within $300 INCLUDING TAX) Before Rebate
It's going to be used for heavy gaming(FarCry3, Crysis 3, F1 2012, Civilization V, Battlefield 4, Metro Last Light, ect.) and maybe LHC/SETI@home.
Parts Not Required: OS(got a nice OEM copy of Windows 7 from the campus library), Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, CD drive, Speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon(for the 2 day shipping)
Country: United States of America
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, EVGA GPU.
Overclocking: Yes, but only when it begins to show it's age. Or when I find someone to help me out IRL.
SLI: Maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Few Special things: There is a small probability that I'll end up using 3 1920X1080 screens. I'm not quite sure if 16GB is necessary yet, but I've decided to stay the course with 8.
Few Questions: Is 2GB+ of onboard GPU RAM worth it/necessary? Is 2400MHz RAM better than 1600? Overclocking isn't a super issue right now, but I'd love some input on good heat sinks(any kind at all)
Note: I am planning on making this a 2-way SLI when they begin to phase out the 700 series and cards get cheaper. However, If you guys think that having two 760's in SLI is less effective than a single 770 I can scrap that idea and try again.
Well for starters if you're getting a 760 2GB is the standard they come in, so no need to worry about that. My favorite GTX 760 is Gigabyte's windforce, but im sure the EVGA is just as good. 1600 vs 2400 ram for gaming, just go for the cheaper one and dont go lower than 1600. The performance increase is barely noticeable, if that at all. As for the PSU the brand doesn't matter as long as it's tier one or two ( google PSU tier). For CPU coolers the hyper 212 evo is a great one for the price, higher end you can go with the Noctua NH-d14 and other large coolers or you can water cool it with a Corsair h100i. The i5 is a great option for gaming, and finally make sure the case you're getting has room for upgrades and good airflow.