Hello. I'm a first time builder. I've tried to read up as much as possible, but am still intimidated. Thanks in advance, this site and forum are amazing!
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I currently have to play games on the lowest of the low graphics settings. The purpose of this system is to be able to use high resolution/graphics on current games (with the exception of probably Crysis), maintain smooth fps, and with future upgrades be able to hold that status (hopefully) for a few years.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week or as soon as I figure out a build
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg
PARTS PREFERENCES: lol, everytime I think I have it figured out, I read another post and feel clueless again
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (as needed) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (as needed)
After combo deals, rebates, shipping = $1500
I'm hoping this would let me game at high resolution/graphics, smooth fps now...And as game demands grow add additional/better SLI GPU's, and an after-market cooler to OC the I7.
Will I reach my goals with this build? Am I off base here or making any amateur mistakes? Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Will I need something like a 1000W PS in order to OC and SLI?
Also, I'm clueless about monitors. Would get a 20 or 22 but couldn't find one with 1920x1200--a comment which I'm sure betrays some sort of monitor ignorance
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Everything seems fine, you could probably add another core 216 to make sure you get max settings for everything, possibly including crysis. The psu would certainly handle 2 of those vid cards, 3 cards would give it some trouble.
@ Kevin do you have a PS recommendation that would give me some extra headroom?
Would 850W do it or would that still be stretching it?
The psu you have already is fine, the only reason to want more is if you intend to go 3 way sli in the future. If that is the case then 850W would be fine, look for something 80plus certified, bronze or silver perhaps, although they're expensive. It would be even more ideal finding one with 6 pci-e pin connectors, but it isn't necessary, once the wattage and efficiency is good.
The only thing i don't like about that one is the 2x8pins as opposed to 2x 6+2pins. But anything similar to these specs should handle 3 way sli easliy. Truth is, that 750W psu u have there would technically be able to handle 3 gtx 260, but i still wouldn't recommend it. 80% of that 750 gives 600 available watts. I think 3 gtx 260's would peak at around 500-600 watts, possibly a bit more. But it isn't always safe to constantly push your power supply, so that is a reason to get a slightly higher wattage psu.
Edit: Customer reviews on that particular psu aren't so good. I would suggest that after you pick out that ideal psu, to check some online reviews and stuff.