Hey guys, so I have all of the parts (I think) picked out, but as it's my first time buying all the parts and building my own PC, I thought I'd get some input from people who know what they're talking about.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week
Budget Range: Up to $950, but I'd rather stay closer to my current $840 (after MIR)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet/videos/school work (no graphical editing or anything like that)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, SSD (I'll get one when I have more $)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is where I look, but if you have a better suggestion, I'm open.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Definitely going with the 2500k
Overclocking: I'll OC the 2500k, video card if that's reasonable (like the 6950 to 6970 business)
SLI or Crossfire: Not necessarily right now (unless somehow that's cheaper for better performance), but eventually maybe
Additional Comments: I don't mind a lot of noise, but quiet would be preferable (but not for a large premium...)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't need a whole huge amount of space right now, as I said I'll get an SSD later for the boot drive, and if needed I could buy a slow TB thing for a cheap data drive if I find I want more space.
I play all of the latest FPS, so I want to be able to run Crysis 2, Homefront, etc on high settings. I've spent a lot of time looking at GPU comparisons and benchmarks on Anandtech, here, and Guru3D, and this was the best card I came up with. I would attempt to flash the bios or whatever the most effective method is to up it 6970 levels, and maybe eventually get another one (when prices drop) to CF it.
Another card I'm strongly considering is the 6870, which is about 50-60 bucks cheaper (after rebate 'n' stuff) than the 6950, but is obviously slower and has only 1gb of vram (which isn't that helpful now since I won't be using eyefinity, but in the future 2gb should be good). It's not that much terribly slower though, and often has benchies which put it right near (1fps off) the GTX 560. Would that be a better choice since I'd be able to get another one sooner (cheaper) and my current setup for motherboard and PS would be able to handle it (thus saving even more?)
If there's another one you'd recommend, please let me know.
Look at those parts please, tell me your thoughts and what could be improved
(PS and case are the ones I'm least confident about)
Video card ideas, within reasonable price (under 300)
Spent some extra dough ($937 total) but got ya a much better build. You had a very poor PSU and questionable case ..... not conducive to long term viability of system. This PSU is of sufficient quality and power so that it is suitable for adding 2nd GFX card.
HD is double size for $20 more. GFX card @ 900 MHz kicks the proverbial tail. See review of equivalent speed card by Asus here:
212 is a god cooler, but the stock cooler gets ya 4.5 Ghz....no need for 3rd poarty w. 2500k unless you wanna go past 4.5 GHz. If you do go 3rd party, a $10 investment over the 212 gives 7C improvement.