Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend
Budget Range: 1650 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia (video editing), Gaming, Programming, Multi-taskting
Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest (Live in CA)
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: 22 to 24" LCD (Full HD)
SLI or Crossfire: If required for multi-display
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
After my initial post and suggestions, did some more research as to what exactly I want in the new setup and so far I came up with this setup
i7-2600K -- for video editing + gaming
HD 6950 2GB -- for multi monitor support (eyefinity later)
1. Does the case fit this setup?
2. Can this setup be tweaked further? (memory, ssd, etc)
3. Obvious one Any better deals for any of the parts? (live in CA and looks like Amazon works out cheaper over NewEgg)
You mentioned that this card 'HIS Radeon HD 6950 Turbo 2 GB' is a reference model (that can be unlocked to 6970) .. this is exactly my reason to choose 6950
I'm just curious.. how can you tell that this is a reference model?
Microcenter sells cpus and motherboards at lower prices. The i7 is $280 and the asus pro is $170. Might also want to check what other stuff might be cheaper there.
There's a couple of ways but mainly the fan layout is the easiest to see. Some non reference designs can unlock which you can find out by reading the comments. Reference design is just a much higher chance of being able to.