This will be my 2nd-ever build, and is long overdue. Please take a look. I'm not real sure about the mobo or GPU.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2 days Budget Range: Approx. $850 after rebates, including OS. System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, home office, web, photo editing Parts Not Required: Case, HD, DVD, PSU, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com Country of Origin: USA Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: Prefer not Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I’m re-using these parts from old PC:
Antec P180B Case
1TB Sata II HD
320GB Sata II HD
Thermaltake 775w PSU
That motherboard was on my short list and I would have chose it, but newegg reviews (I know, I know) said it was cramped and seemed relatively fragile and not properly supported by stand-offs. If all of that is hogwash, then yeah, if definitely has better specs.
Ill also look into the 560 ti OC for sure, if its as good as 570 for less money, then that's awesome. Was also leaning towards switching out the 6970 for a 570 (thought that free Dirt3 would be pretty sweet).
But my fear for any future 2nd GPU purchase is unknown future availability.
Newegg reviews = retards reviewing. Trust review from big names like THG/Guru3D/TechPowerup, never listen to Newegg reviews (some of them are just retards). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQjDaSC6p2E
Granted not a formal review, it gives you a good idea. The board is plenty big.
I definitely see the point of the MSI 560 TI OC now, especially when overclocked further. And yes, having at least the possibility of dropping in another down the road may prove out. As far as future availability goes, surely they would still be on newegg come Xmas, so that would not be bad at all.
Tough decision, though. SLI/CF has been a dicey proposition, tho I have read that its less so now. And if the MSI 560 OC OC'd truly is just as good or better than stock 570, then its no trade-off at all. In fact, its better due to power consumption. Assuming the further OC goes well. Is that a good assumption?
You might want to have a look at the motherboard if you plan on adding a second card later on . As you will see the second card will run at 4X speed,which will not allow you use the seconds card to its full potential. Here's a motherboard Gigabyte GA Z68A for $130. It supports SLI/Crossfire at 8X/8X