Making a gaming rig for the first time (and thus posting on these forums the first time), with considerable help from a friend. Just wondering if it will work together and if there are better/cheaper(If still reliable) alternatives for the parts. Would prefer that it last a while, my old PC is 10 yrs. old and is only now starting to fail.......
Approximate Purchase Date: July
Budget Range: $750-800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (I want to be able to play all of the new games such as GW2, BF3, SWTOR, on max settings on a 1900 x 1200 res)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, HD (Scavenging old one), Optical Drive
z_4, does the the 750w power supply that you say is needed for a second card also apply for mine? I was planning on adding another similar graphics card and putting them in crossfire when I upgrade to a new monitor (My current monitor is as old as my old computer). I know that the $1000 enthusiast for June peaked at 400 or so, do I need to worry for my set up? Also, where did you find the EVGA card for 240? I can only find it for 280 (Including shipping). Finally, how is the EVGA card better, it's 1gb, the same as the sapphire card or am I missing something?
It depends on what kind of card you have . High end card lke GTX 580 in SLI need around 900-1000 Watt(even more). Proof 1 & proof 2 This is the worst case scenario though.
Cards like 5770 or GTS 450 in crossfire/sli may get sufficient power with 600 Watts (Proof look above links)
Older cards require more power as they are less efficient.
Two components that consume most power are CPU and GPU. Overclocking increases it further.
Just digging around at newegg helped me find EVGA 560Ti for $240 (excluding shipping and rebates). Just forgot to give the link.
Generally most cards of same model like 560Ti are same. The difference lies in :
Custom Cooler: like MSI Twin Frozr II having two fans
VRMs : Components that regulate voltage decide how much overclocking can be done
Overclock: Most manufacturers take the reference card and overclock them from the factory and sell them with own stickers and labels
So you have same card 560Ti sold by EVGA, MSI , etc , with certain modifications
Here's link that will talk about 560Ti SLI power consumption.
So if you buy a 600watt power supply now and use 560Ti it will work fine. But problem will start when you add another card.
Then you will have to buy power supply worth atleast $90 AND the second card. That will sure cost you. So my advice if possible get a more capable power supply now
Sorry, was looking at a different model (with Tom's shopping)..... my mistake.... Thanks for the explanations, I'm not very computer literate (diagnosing and replacing my parts as they fail is about the limit of my knowledge)