So I am building a new gaming PC. My goal is to get a good computer that will play anything out there today on max settings as well as being future proof for the games to come. I am waiting for battlefield 3 to come out and when it does I want to be able to play it in all its glory.
Aside from gaming I do some photo editing in CS5 and occasionally encode video files.
I would like help choosing a new motherboard, processor, PSU, RAM, CPU cooler, and Graphics Card.
What I think I will get
Intel i7 2600K
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE
Radeon HD 6950 2 GB
What I am not sure about
I am not really 100% set on anything yet. I dont know what I am going to do with my GTX 260 yet...I was going to get a new Nvidia card but ATI seems to have better things for the money. If a got another Nvidia card I could still use my 260 as a PhysX processor. Please help me decide on a GPU keeping in mind that I still have a GTX 260.
For the motherboard I am not 100% sure about what I need. I want a good motherboard with room for expansion and a motherboard that can easily overclock my CPU. I was thinking about the ASUS P8P67 EVO as well. I dont think I will 3 way SLI anytime soon but I definitely want to be able to dual SLI.
I need help with RAM as well. I will get no less than 8GB of ram rated at 1600Mhz. Should I get 4x2GB or 2x4GB and have 2 more slots to expand to 16GB later?
For the processor I was thinking about the i52500K as well but I think hyperthreading will come in use later and I figured I might as well get it.
I am also considering getting an SSD in the future. Please give me your best opinion on my build and what you think i should scratch/add. You can also recommend parts for the future when I get more money.
^ I agree, however you might want to stick with nVidia unless you want to do the driver hack to allow GeForce and Radeon cards to both work on the same board. Also, does your current DVD drive have an IDE or SATA interface?
SSDs are amazing if you can fit one in your budget. Definitely worthwhile. IMO 80gb is a good amount since they're still fairly cheap. I have Windows 7 and all my apps - itunes, photoshop, web browsers, oc software, MS office, etc etc plus Fallout New Vegas with lots of mods and another game, maybe F1 2010... anyway all that barely uses over 60gb. I have about 500gb worth of music, movies, and games on my HDDs.
Anyway besides that, seems like a good build. 6950 is a great card, kind of the 5850 of the current gen. Bang for the buck and OC capabilities are great. Although you might consider a 560Ti which is also a super card. Really neck and neck for performance.