I don't know if chose a bad time to build a PC, but i find myself unable to find a configuration that won't bottleneck due to the CPU.
I will purchase the system the next month (5 weeks starting now), so things might change a bit by then.
I thought about almost every CPU-motherboard-GPU (SLI/CF) combination and i couldn't really make up my mind. I know i can have great results with only 1 GPU that isn't even high end, or with 2 medium ones, but i'm really aiming high since i don't really do upgrades, i periodically change the system every 2 years or so.
I won't be bothering you guys with all the details (at first ;p), so i'll just mention a few things i pretty much made up my mind for and matter for the final config:
This is just an approximation, and could be changed, but it's an easier decision.
So, motherboard-CPU-GPU remaining for ~ 850$ (in extreme cases, that really make the difference, i could add another 300$).
Please note that this system will be mainly used to play a Crytek engine game, which proved (to me, at least) to work better on nVidia video cards.
So, a good motherboard, CPU that gets the best of a kick-ass GPU, and the GPU itself.
P.S.: I am also willing to OC, although i'd really rather do it a bit later.
I'll be aiming for as much as a 24" can do. So 1680-1920 i guess.
The prices are indeed high, poor countries have high prices, it's the new trend
I guess you were thinking OCZ DDR3, couldn't really find it here so i had to go with Corsair.
I'll post links for every component and make it easier, i don't know why i didn't before.
-i7 920 stock won't bottleneck a gtx295?
-2 x GTX260 or single GTX 295?
-can i SLI 2 gtx295 later on? (given that it is 2xgtx260), and if it is possible, how much i need to OC the CPU for decent performance?
you are paying way to much for your parts where ever you are, in the US a GTX 295 is only $530, an i7 920 is only $280, and the motherboard is only $295 not the 600 400 and 400 you listed. Even the PSU and case you linked to are priced wrong, the PSU is 120 and the case is also 120 not the 170 and 160 you put below their link.
Well that combination of parts will work, but as prices do vary you may want to look into a lower level GPU, maybe a single GTX285 as that will be significantly cheaper for you and will still perform respectably.