Its been a while since i built a new system and I have been reading around on the site alot to read any details I can on what are the ideal specs for the best running gaming system. my budget is going to be around 1k-$1500. I know for the price I won't get the very best system, just looking for some ideas on ideally matched-up components to get. I am not sure about overclocking yet, thought I may do it eventually. I know the processor im going with is the Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge, I was looking at the ASUS P8Z68 -Pro mobo, but I have seen alot of bad reviews on it, so idk...any ideas? I would like to use SLI or crossfire at some point and have heard some mobos only offer that with slower speeds? or the slots are in bad places to be able to use 2 video cards? Also, looking for about 8GB of RAM that would be best for the CPU/mobo setup used, a good SSD about 60-80GB, 2 video cards i can probably find on my own, but any feedback would still be much appreciated. I think thats about all the hugely important stuff I was looking for and torn about what would be best. Thanks much for any help, I know I have been out of the loop for a while and just looking for any advice possible, thanks again. I see so many details on this site that I just get overwhelmed lol. Just looking to see if I can get something really finely tuned and beastly Thanks again!!
Thanks for the quick reply, I play bad company 2, going to get battlefield 3 when it comes out, world of warcraft (not that the video on there matters lol) starcraft 2. but basically just a few games, and thats the extent. i already have a monitor, and i have the OS already. i may do eyefinity down the road but not right now. 21inch monitor runnin 1680 x 1050
I'll second MJ's recommendation of the ASRock P67 Extreme4, with one caveat: how many devices do you intend to hook up, and do you play games online? If you go with ASRock's P67 Extreme6 you get 10 SATA ports: 6 SATA3 + 4 SATA2 and a dual LAN for increased bandwidth for online gaming. The Extreme6 is listed @ $190.
I'd recommend that you spend a little more on a SSD and get at least a 128 GB model. Good 120-128 GB SSDs go for around $200 if you shop the specials.
Most mobos do PCIE X16 for one card or X8 X8 for two in SLI/Xfire. This is not a problem unless you are going to three monitors where you need the extra PCIE lanes for bandwidth for 3D and/or surround. If you are going to go X16 X16 you need to go to at least the ASUS Revolution or a high end Gigabyte which are going to run $260 +
Thanks for the info, i will look at that extreme board, and no im only doin 1 monitor. so the sli/xfire 8x8x will work fine with that? are the OCZ SSDs really good? thats what i was kind of looking into