Finally decided to get a new system.. Current system been off and on upgraded for last 6+ years. Looking to go higher end system with ability to upgrade when need. The main things I could use some advice on are the hard drive, and if this power supply is a good enough one for 2 of those vid cards in SLI. For the hard drive, I am at a loss between a SSD, a VRaptor drive, or Cavier black 1T drive. I only download tv shows at times to watch if i miss, dont rip dvd's or anything like that so not sure I need a high storage ability. I just want the best performance outta the system especially when I try and play games like X3-Terran Conflict. Any other help is also welcome.
Oh and I know this system is probebly a bit more power than needed, but I did want to go SLI for the future needs and I want to run 3 monitors sometime in the future too. Thought that the dual vid cards could help with the loss of fps in other monitors if i have multiple programs going, on multiple monitors.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early May
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multitasking, Programming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Sound. Going to go for Windows 7 RC
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, but willing to shop around if good rep.
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Most Likely since will be a i7 920.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current is 1440x900 will upgrade to 1920x1200 sometime after build.
I don't personally think the NVidia cards are that good value for money, the 260 solution giving you the best value out of all of them. NVidia is however much better when it comes to performance in certain games (like Crysis and Flight Sim X), however if you don't plan spending all your time playing these you might be better served buying ATI. If you are only planning to play on 1920x1200 then I would save half of the money you intended on spending ($200-300!!!) and buy 2 4850's in crossfire for 220 dollars total. It is a massive deal on just this week: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This setup will allow you to crank up the settings to max in every game yet designed at 1920x1200 res.
It also saves you wasting a lot of money
drop the VRaptor for a 1TB caviar black or an SSD, it will be just as quick or quicker, but also cheaper.
and swap the two 260's for a 4870 X2 since it saves you $20, or pay the extra, what $40 for dual 4890's.
^+1, great hard drive advice, but also I think you could save lots of money and get just as good performance with the before mentioned 4850 CF or go for gold and get two 4890's in CF - 4870X2 is a bit outdated, although if you can find it below $400 its an alright deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Definately good info will look into. What I dont want to do is spend only the bare minimum of what I need for what i want to run now.. But id like to be able to run the newer games as they come out with good quality.
Im not dead set on Nvidia. I have just mostly used them. 4400ti, 6200ti, 7950 etc.. lol
I originally was looking at crossfiring 2 4870's and not getting a 4870 x2 because i wanted the 3rd monitor port for whenever i get that 3rd monitor.
Oh and was reading the article on best vid cards for the money and dual 4870's or 260's seemed like what i wanted.
If you are going to use 3 monitors then you need strong enough cards to run in a CF disabled mode like Helloworld_98 says. If you are just wanting to play all current games for the least amount of money I would go with the current new egg deal on the 4850 - it should be beefy enough. Use the saved money on the next gen of DX11 cards coming out in 9 months to a years time. If you want to see how it performs here is a great article that compares virtually every high end card solution on an i7 platform: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3520
from this article I think it really shows that a 4850 CF is the sweetspot at 1920x1200, with playable framerates in all the games.
I assume you are not going to be playing crysis and using the other monitors at the same time - if you are you will need a stronger card than the 4850 to play at max setting because you lose CF. However if you only use the 3 monitors for work related apps - then the 4850 should suit your needs - because you can turn CF on while gaming -I'm not aware of anyone who uses a monitor for cysis and another for work at the same time - although this may happen
Of course I don't want to stop you from spending more if you want to. Right now 2x 4890s is probably the strongest you can get in dual cards - without spending a rediculous premium on the GTX 285
1 GB is a very good card - however if you run in CF you won't really need at 1920 x 1200, however if you move up to 2560 x 1600 you will notice the difference - I think this might be included in the bench marks on the previous article I submitted, if not I can find it and see if it really does anything more than 1-2 fps at 1920 x 1200, and $30 is a lot of money to spend on 1-2 fps - i think anyway