Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month Budget Range: $2000-2500 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct Country of Origin: US Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU (Don't Care about Nvidia or ATI for GPU) Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
This is going to be my first gaming rig, so any ideas on how to improve the performance to price but also so I don't have to upgrade main components for at least for a couple years would be appreciative.
Case: Cooler Master HAF X $200
CPU: Intel i5 2500k $225
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION $260
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B /w Scythe Kaze $70+$20
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB $320
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB $80
RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX (4x2) $90
GPU: GTX 560Ti SLI $250x2=$500
PSU: Corsair HX1000 $224
Optic: Lite-On CD/DVD Burner $20
Monitor: Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers - Black 150x2=$300
Yes 6950s can be unlocked. But not all of them. Only the reference design 2GB models can be unlocked (which also come with a dual BIOS switch). The other 6950 2GB models can be overclocked to perform at near 6970 stock levels.
Imo 6950 2GBs @ 240$ each would be better value over the 560Ti also performing much better than them at high resolutions.
U r looking at very little performance difference at 8x and 8x over 16x and 8x so its really upto to get a mobo with NF200.
Twin 6950s might provide slightly better performance at high res, while using less power/generating less heat at roughly the same or a little less cost.
1. With reference to the above ..... Yes, if you go to 2560 x 1600, the 69** series should be looked at, but the 560 Ti has the best ROI (return on investment) at the your resolution.
Using Guru 3D's game test suite (COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead)
Twin 6950's get 759 @ 1920 x 1200 get 759 fps for $490 ($0.70 per frame)
Twin 6970's get 8259 @ 1920 x 1200 get 825 fps for $630 ($0.76 per frame)
Twin 560 Ti's (900 Mhz version) get 862 fps @ 1920 x 1200 get 862 fps for $440 ($0.51 per frame)
Twin 570's get 873 @ 1920 x 1200 get 873 fps for $670 ($0.77 per frame)
2, Make sure you are getting the 900MHz version of the $560 .... not only are they equipped with better coolers so you can easily OC them to 1000 MHz but they are usually cheaper than the reference card. I OC's the Asus one w/o even having to touch the voltage. I also listed EVGA as they are currently the cheapest after MIR, but my one concern is that I have had issues with EVGA as, in my experience, they won't warrant the factory overclock.....been there and had that argument, didn't get anywhere.