Now the questions. Given the stated intention of running multiple game clients simultaneously on different monitors, with other stuff running in the background, is 8gb of memory too much? Would 4gb be enough?
Also, Would I be better off going with the 5870 that I've chosen here, or 2 5850's? Either way, is the PSU enough for 2 5850's now, or 2 5870's later?
And last, is it really worth going with a SSD? A 60gb Vertex 2 is around $170, which would put me over budget. Is there anything I can change about the system to fit it in, or is it worth spending the extra money from an in game performance standpoint?
Ok, I have no problem making most of those changes. The only problem is the case. I'd have gone with that case myself, but for the current application I really can't have a case with the usb and headset ports on the top, as it's going to be sitting on a fairly high desk and would be pretty inconvenient. Any suggestions for other cases?
Anyway, that dropped the price enough that I can get the SSD in there, even keeping 8gb of ram. So, here's the new build:
That's cheap enough I'm seriously tempted to add another of those graphics cards for 289 and take the total up to 1613. I know you always say to try it and see, but I'd really rather get everything at once. So, any other changes or suggestions?
I like the suggestions from Gkay09. I particularly like the XFX modular PSU's
For multiple copies simultaneously, I really think it is better to go 8gb up front. You are then guaranteed that you have a matched kit. There is very little price premium today to getting 4gb sticks. Look a 2 x 4gb kit such as this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note that there is negligible real(vs synthetic benchmarks)performance hit with slower DDR3 ram on nehalem processors.
A 2 x 4gb kit preserves your option to get more later, and two sticks are easier to overclock than 4.
On the SSD, I suggest that you wait for the gen3 products which will appear by year's end. They will be faster and cheaper. Install your OS on a 128gb partition on your hard drive, planning to clone it to a SSD later. Yes, the ssd's make everything feel snappier.
Would you consider a micro-ATX system? It will perform the same, and be cheaper.
As far as the ram goes, I really don't think more than 8gb is going to be necessary ever, and with the combo deal with that mb, it's cheaper to go with the 4 sticks, so I think I'll stick with that.
I like the suggestion of setting up on a small partition and waiting a bit for the SSD. Thanks for that.
I don't really want to go with the micro ATX, because I don't want to deal with the small size and I just like the look of the tower
Mr Pizza, what's your logic behind waiting for SLI? Just the price drop, or is there another reason? Right now those cards come with $20 mail in rebates, and with the other items, I'm currently looking at $100 in mail in rebates. Which drops the price to about $1513 and makes me really want to just go for it, lol.
^ Well OCZ I think have started on the wrong foot with DDR3...Most of their RAMs are flaky and so many bad reviews from users complaining the RAMs are unstable...So I wouldnt want to take chances...
And as for SLI, there are new cards which will be launched by both ATI and Nvidia by year end, so first check out those and then make the purchase...Anyways a single GTX 470 can very well hold high resolutions easy...