Hey guys 1st post here! Long time lurker. Thanks for help in advance you guys are great!
Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and the end of June
Budget Range: $1200 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly MMORPG's really for SW:TOR) some storage of photos and videos as well (not that important)
Parts not needed: Case (Thermaltake SViking VA4000BWS) Monitor: Toshiba 32 LCD TV 1080p , keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com ( have $175 in giftcards) , where ever it is cheapest.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: This is where I need help I have always used AMD cpu's however I have read that the Intel i5 series is the best for just gaming. Also with motherboard as I really don't plan on overclocking but would like a board that is upgradeable in the future.
Overclocking: would rather not
SLI or Crossfire: I will if it is what offers the best performance for price. If there is a single card that works better would probably prefer to go that route.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments:This computer is really being built for 1 thing and 1 thing only Gaming. I would like it to be upgradeable for the next few years as well.
1) Don't get a 2600k for gaming, 2500k will give you almost the same performance.
2) 4gb RAM is really all you need, but 8gb isn't much more $$.
3) A GTX 570 should be plenty at 1080p, and you could add another later if you ever wanted. Even a 560 Ti would be nice.
4) Don't spend too much on a bigger SSD unless you are getting the Vertex 3 / Agility 3 (new series with faster speeds)
5) OVERCLOCK! OC on Sandy Bridge is ridiculously easy and gives a huge boost to performance. Just add a CM Hyper 212+ or other cooler...
Either one brings ya total to $1192. I'd recommend that is ya think ya will have $200 - $220 to spend before XMas, I'd consider waiting for the Corsair to come out or prices to drop before starting ya build. If ya think it might be longer before ya have the cash, or ya just can't wait for the Corsair Force 3 or OCZ's prices to drop, then I'd get the two cards in SLI from the getgo.