I'm planning on building a my first computer and looking for a little more advice. I'm planning on primarily using it for gaming, with web and media usage also. So I'm not going to go crazy with anything, but I would like to run games at their highest settings and will be gaming on a 1920x1200/1080.
I was planning on buying AMD for the price/performance considerations, but I suppose I'm open to other suggestions as long as they stay in budget. In mind were a PhenomIIx4 965 with a new 6series GPU. I am wanting to future proof my computer for a few years to avoid upgrades since top of the line isn't that important to me. So I have two questions:
1> From reading the reviews a 965 should be adequate. But for future purposes would a Phenom II X6 1100T be a wise investment or would that just be too much over kill? I like the feature where it'll drop into a tri-core and run at 3.7GHz. Main reason why I pick this is because it's a hexacore for 260, but otherwise I'm setting a CPU limit right around 200 dollars. With futureproofing for the next few years I'm also considering dual-GPUs, so would either bottleneck the system at stock speeds?
2> I've dug around and think I've settled on a 6970 right now, and then when that becomes inadequate/later down the road purchase another 6970 and CF them. However I've seen some people talking that a next-gen graphics release usually are better than the previous gen CF'd. Is that usually the case or is that a pretty safe rout to go? GPU I suppose up to 360 dollars is my budget there, so once again nVidia or AMD, doesn't matter as long as it's in the price range.