I am building a systems for gaming. My goal is to build a system that will run, at a fairly high level, all current and upcoming games (say, Battlefield 3, Diablo 3). As well, as I am on a "budget" of sorts, I want to be able to upgrade the system going forward (i.e. add a second video card, etc.)
My questions regarding this build are:
1. I selected the power supply because it is SLI and Crossfire certified. I understand that this would allow me to add a second card and improve performance in the future - Is this true? Would you recommend another video card configuration?
2. How can I be sure that the selected power supply will work with my motherboard (if this is even an issue)?
3. Any other suggestions appreciated.
ASUS P8P67 PRO, Intel P67 DDR 3 2400 ATX
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500k 3.3ghz
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Ultra X4 850 Watt, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire certifications
1. Its not a great PSU, It will work but power quality is mediocre and you're over paying like crazy. A top-notch 850W costs ~$150 with much higher efficiency and quality. SLI/CFX certified means nothing either, if it has enough powers it will power as much as you it can handle fine.
Additionally, the heatsink is mediocre and a sound card isn't really needed.
Are you shopping Tigerdirect? Here is a newegg/amazon build if you're fine with them: