I've bought many computer magazines with headliners saying "Make your own PC Gaming machine for $1200" and found out I could be getting better with my money after reading these boards. I would really appreciate the help if you could point me in the right direction to building a monster PC. I just switched majors into a computer field and felt that building a computer might be a good learning experience and will put me ahead of others.
What I want from my PC:
- Able to play games in good/decent quality for the next 1-2 years.
- Fits in my budget range $1200-1400, but willing to spend more if necessary to up performance/quality.
- Overclockable (In the near future when I gain enough knowledge).
- Possibility of getting another graphics card for SLI.
You'd be fine with a 750w power supply, 850 is overkill. Even with 750w you've got easily 200w of overhead. I'd pick the Corsair 750TX if I was in your shoes. The actual power usage of your system on max load will probably be hovering around 500w actually, but having that bit of overhead @ 750w ensures HD startup doesn't crash your comp. on start-up, and gives you overclocking headroom on the cpu/gpu.