I am planning on putting together a new computer that will mostly be used for gaming, but it will also be used for things like media editing. it is possible I may upgrade my monitor some time down the road, but right now I am content with a 22" monitor. Also, I do plan on using SLI or CrossFire later on down the road, so please keep this in mind. I put together two builds, one cheaper than the other, based on the recommendations I've received from a few people. I am having some last minute concerns and I wanted to get your advice and opinions on these two builds before making my decision.
When you look at these builds you'll notice that the main differences are the processor (and consequently the RAM and Mobo) and the monitor. My biggest question is if the increase in performance justifies the increase in price (in your opinion). I've looked at the benchmarks and the second build will no doubt run faster, but is it worth the price?
My second concern is if these builds, especially the second one, are good builds and if there is any room for improvement. Because I'll be using this computer for gaming, performance is important. If it's possible I'd like to refine these builds more than I want to downgrade them.
Please give me whatever input you can about these two builds and which you think is the better decision (in light of whatever recommended changes you might make to them).
So what about the motherboard? Would it be better to go with the EX58-UD3R or the EX58-UD4P?
The problem I'm in is that with this build I can't afford a different monitor. If I took out the UD4P and replaced it with the UD3R, I could probably invest money into a different monitor, but then I wouldn't be able to SLI. If I'm not able to use SLI, then it would probably be better to invest that money into a better one-card GPU anyways, which still leaves me with the same monitor I already have. So I'm in kind of a rut with that.
SLI/crossfire has been a poor upgrade path in the past. It should be used only by
those who will not currently be satisfied by the fastest available single vga card
which is currently the GTX295. The 4870, or GTX260-216
offer very good performance for the money now.
To get SLI. you have to spend more up front for a SLI capable mobo,a
more powerful SLI capable PSU, and better case cooling. Upgrading a single card later with a
second equal card does not get you 2x increase, it is more like 1.3x to 1.8x depending on the game.
At that time, you will still be paying top dollar for a card that is closer to
It would be better to sell the old card and use the proceeds
towards a better new generation single card.