Approximate Purchase Date: 2 days
Budget Range: Approx. $1200 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
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I’m re-using these parts from old PC:
Antec P180B Case
1TB Sata II HD
320GB Sata II HD
The 850w PSU I bought with the intention of SLI or CF a lesser GPUs, but I just can't ease concerns over mirco-stutter. I'm fairly sure I would notice and hate it. So I may exchange the PSU for something less expensive (suggestions?) to support the single card.
And then, I at some later date I decide to try SLI 580s, I'd get a new another PSU as well. IDK, writing this out now makes me feel I've not thought this through well enough.
Also, the mobo may be a bit overkill but I really want a board that will OC well and support SLI/CF, just in case. I've read mobo reviews that show the mobo itself can affect the OC's performance gain, even with identical OC. Since I'm getting the 2500K, I want it to be worthwhile and the combo makes it tolerable.
The GPU was really hard decision for me, and ultimately I went with the "most powerful single card" route, but SLI/CF is very, very tempting. But I just cant seem to find a straight answer about micro-stutter, other than anecdotal.
Regarding 570 vs. 580, yes its a big premium for the 580, but I don't think I'd call the performance different tiny. Down the road, 15% can mean the difference between playable and unplayable FPS.
With the 570 vs 580, that is one way to think about it, but another is that you're getting ~115% of performance for 160+% the price. Besides, when the 15% starts to make a difference (ie. 35 vs 30), the GTX580 is way outdated by then.
If I buy a single 570 now but intend to get another later, is it best to buy one that is stock clock and RAM speed so that the next one can match. as opposed to an OC model?
Is that important for optimal SLI?
Get whatever one has decent cooling and is at a decent price. You can dl MSI afterburner proggy (free proggy) and down clock, o/c...whatever with any make and brand of vid card with that proggy. You want an 850w psu to push two of those cards.
I apologize for not responding to your post earlier. I felt it called for more thought than I was able to give it before now that my young son is asleep. The day sort of got away form me.
The gigabyte board does seem very good, but does not offer a combo, and other than SSD I don't know why else it would be compelling for $20 more.
The Asrock I know is a favorite, but again don't see how its better than the ASUS P8P67 PRO. Maybe I'm missing something? Price-wise they are a toss-up (after rebate).
Regarding SSD Caching: Yep, that would be nice, if less than stellar. But my priority (if anything) would be larger SSD for boot drive, and only then another (or partition) for caching. If I played more online map-repeating games or something it may be more important, but I don't. I never said that bfore now though, so I can definitely see why you would recommend it. I do appreciate your help.
And I think that's it. I did see the GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 also has the same combo with 2500K now, but the Asus offers more for the same price.
I have to say, I don't believe I would be in self-building club without this forum. Your offering of such constructive advice to relative novices such as myself is a great benefit. It may all seem like child's play to many of you, but for me this forum has been invaluable. Not just the replies in this thread but also the countless other threads here which spawned countless+5 links to investigate.
Seriously. Thank you. I love you, man.
P.S. But I haven't bought yet, so there's still time to tell me I've done something wrong or could do better!