Hello I am new to this forum but have been lurking about seems like you guys are pretty in the know when it comes to building a PC. I have not had the opportunity to build a computer in about 5 years so I know virtually nothing.
My budget is 3,500 dollars. I am looking to use exactly that amount, I have been given the money to build the computer anything of that budget that is NOT used will be returned, so if possible I would love to keep it close to that exact amount.
A little about what I use the computer for, MMORPGS, FPS, school (basic school work word ect ect) I do not need the office package I can download it for free from my school. I can't really give you exact games I play them all so I would love if it could run anything (at this time of course). I have no preference between AMD and INTEL I have heard intel is a bit better at this time *shrugs* that is just what I have heard. I am not really interested in overclocking with that budget I really should not need to. I would like to have an overabundance of storage seems I always fall short some how. I have always used Nvidia but am open to suggestions. I would prefer to spend all of the money on the computer itself, I am sure it is possible but if not plausible or possible I am sure the monitor could be upgraded.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon as tommorow or tonight depending upon when I get my parts lined out
BUDGET RANGE: $3,500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming of all types and lots of them, School work, minor video editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Its possible in the future but for now with that budget I shouldn't have to
As I said I know nothing these days this is just kind of a thrown together list. I will accept any changes to this list just try to hit 3,500, I believe without the lian li case this is about 3,600 that is pretty close but then again I am sure this build need some expert advice
Crossfire 5870 beats a 5970, and generates less heat, uses less power, than 480 sli but provides less performance.
Up to you what you choose, but if you sli 480, be sure to bump the psu to around 1000w
For your a single monitor at 1080p you don't really need dual gtx 480's or even a 5970. I would drop the budget for the PC a bit and get a monitor with a higher resolution or get two more monitors and use eyefinity. You won't need 24gb or even 12gb for your purposes as 6gb will suffice. Also get the oem version of windows as it is never worth it to buy a retail version of windows. Then use that money to get some nice monitors. If that is not possible then the current configuration is great and will not need upgrading for a long time.