Hello, everyone! This is my first post here, but I've been reading through this site for a while now. I need some advice for my first custom gaming rig. I'm going in order of the recommended help section:
I don't have a particular budget in mind, but I would like on average at least 40 FPS w/ this system.
For the parts, I don't need a new keyboard, mouse or speakers. I'll just use the generic ones I have. As far as preferred websites, I like Newegg the best. I'm located in the USA.
As you can see, that's about as far as I've got.
I don't know about motherboards or PSUs, but I do know I would like a quad-SLI compatible one, at the least. I won't skimp out here, so please recommend the best mobo for my rig if you can, as well as PSU. I don't really care about the case all that much.
I'm not sure on a specific monitor, all I know is that I want a flatscreen capable of 1680x1050. As far as Overclocking, I don't want to spend a fortune just to be able to do it, but if it's only 40 or 50 bucks more, I won't mind.
I definitely want SLI. I plan on quad-SLI within the next year or so, but for now I want to stay with just 1 or 2 GTX 560s.
Two GTX 560TI 448 core cards in SLI will own anything thrown at them, there is really no reason to spend more than that IMHO.
2 GTX 560Tis will cost more than 1 GTX 580. The 2 cards in SLI will likely perform better, but if the OP adds another GTX 580 in SLI later on then it'll be a much better rig. In general, the best option with GPUs is to get the best card you can with the money you want to spend in the first pass, then SLI later on. The only exception to that right now is the 448 core GTX 560Ti as it's limited edition...but if the OP wants to quad-SLI later on, the 560Ti isn't the card to use as it can only dual-SLI AFAIK.
Don't bother with SLI with higher-end graphic cards. Those cards rarely go down in price due to low initial production levels. Plus SLI/Xfire has its fair share of problems (A lot of incidents where AAA titles failed to initially have multi GPU support) and micro-stuttering.
^ +1 I believe that to be a much closer to reality that trying to future proof with 3xsli etc
so today you're running that huge PSU just for the waste of it. later on you have to buy a card that's fraction of performance of the latest just to match the performance of the latest.
it's like you're going from point A to C. So you can go from point A to B on a horse and then from B to C in a car. Instead you're choosing to go from A to B with a horse and a wagon and from B to C you add 3 more horses to your wagon.
simply put, you're choosing to invest more today, so you can invest more in the old technology down the line instead of upgrading to newer more efficient hardware.