System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D gaming, Internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, power supply, liquid cool [ I will look into that myself after some advice on hardware ]
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Anything
Overclocking: Maybe, probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, currently looking at AMD 6990 x2
Monitor Resolution: Need advice on monitor choice
Additional Comments: I need of advice since this is going to be a major build for me. Just looking for some opinion with the help from the forums. I don't really have a budget but would like the have it be less than $5000. Im looking for something that is at reasonable price for the performance. Thank you so much for stopping by and any comments you have to share.
A 6990 gets you 762 fps in Guru3D's gaming test suite. Doubling your $725 investment to $1450 gets you a measly 141 additional fps a total of 903 fps (18.5% improvement).
The 590 doesn't fare all that better with 881 fps as a single card and 982 is SLI....not exactly exciting for $1400 investment.
Twin 560 Ti's (900Mhz) will get you 862 fps for an investment of $440.
Without knowing your intended resolution, it's hard to make a recommendation here..... At 1920 x 1200, with one or 2 GFX cards, I'd lean nVidia ..... at 2560 x 1600, I'd lean ATI but in no case would the 590 or 6990 be on my shopping list. With 2 GFX cards, I'd use the Asus WS Revolution w/ i7-2600k (to get x16 x16) w/ 2x4GB of Mushkin CAS 7 DDR3-1600. With 3 GFX cards, I'd go nVidia on the GFX and you'll have to decide between x16 x16 x8 w/ the Asus Maximum IV Extreme w/ i7-2600k or go back to a 1366 based system which can do x16 x16 x16.
My SSD in that system would be a Vertex 3 240 GB w/ Seagate Barracuda XT 3 TB Hard Drive(s). My monitor would be oe or more Asus VG236HE 120 Hz assuming of course that was the resolution you were looking for.Sandy Bridge can be safely OC'd in less than a minute .... the ease and safety have brought many previous "no participators" into the OC community. If ya do, I'm real anxious to give this cooler (Prolimatech Genesis) a shot but I'm gonna bet it will hit the top GFX card if ya choose a MoBo w/ 3 GFX card slots. A length of 130mm on the cooler should be safe but this is 146.
For case I'd be looking at the DF-85 and HAF-X in that order if ya want something aggressively styled and a P183 / P193 / 1200 or Lian Li if ya like something more "sedate". In the above mentioned Antec's, a CP series PSU is a "no brainer", for the others, there's many great ones (Seasonic X series, Corsair HX / AX series, Antec SG series) but the XFX Black Edition matches their performance at a much lower price (up to 850 watts anyway)
Yeah but if he ran at 3x 2560x1600 you would need the extra VRAM of a higher card than than SLI 560s. I would SLI 580s and buy a board with room for a third. That would get you crazy performance for $1000. With a crazy rig like that, going under water like the OP said might be done is the only way to go.
For 3D gaming right now, nVidia is a must as there are no monitors for sale that support AMD 3D gaming...you have to use 3D HDTVs. If you are waiting until August and have this budget, wait a few more months for Socket 2011 and SB-E. Maybe there will be AMD 3D ready monitors by then. Plus, the HD 7xxx cards should be out too. If you need a computer now, spend $500 for something that will get you by until then.