Hello everyone! I'm a big time fan of the site and regularly read the forums (such as the 2k budget high end intel gaming thread) trying to keep up on new tech and whatnot. I am currently running off the following PC I built alittle over 3 years ago.
Case: Antec 900 Mobo: 780i FTW Cpu: Wolfdale E8400 oc'd to 3.6 ghz Gpu: 8800 GTS 512mb running in sli Psu: PC power and cooling 750 watt (not the mark II version) Ram: OCZ 4gb 2x2 DDR2-1066
This rig has served me well and for now it still handles SC II with little trouble, however, it really struggles with The Witcher 2 and I'm afraid newer titles i'm interested in are going to perform similarly (Rage, Skyrim, BF3, I would even like to play Witcher 2 on High settings). I currently game on This BenQ 24" monitor at a resolution of 1920 x 1200.
I can't help but always look at new tech; as hard as I try to be practical not to upgrade on something unless necessary, my conscious always wants that next best thing - which amazes me that I have stuck with this rig for so long!
Having said that, I'll start with some background info...
Approximate Purchase Date: Pretty big window - anytime from now up to November '11.
Budget Range: Sub 2k preferably lol
System Usage: Mainly a gaming rig
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hard drive (1tb samsung spinpoint F3), and two asus drives. I've thought about leaving my old rig otherwise intact in case I would like to use it as a rig I travel with.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / Amazon
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel - much more familiar with nvidia.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but would like to start with a single card setup this time around.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
My personal idea for my new rig:
Case: Silverstone FT02BW - I know it's $$ but I really love the look of the case - also my house is a dust magnet. I am also keeping my eyes on the newer Corsair Carbide series that is planned for August / September.
Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z just because from what i've seen on review sites it's quite the performer. I'm also interested in any Asus motherboard either P67 or Z68 - regarding the caching i'm not sure on my SSD plans
Gpu: This is the toughie - when I did my previous build I went 8800 GTS 512 x2 - and there were many times I wish I had gone with a single more powerful card in the begining - leading me to favor the 570 GTX and the 580 GTX currently.
Psu: Maybe wait until the new platinum series comes out for corsair - or pick up a Corsair AX850. While this would be overkill for 1 580 - I thought it might be easier if I decided to go SLI.
Cooling: If I stay with the fortress - probably a Noctura D14 or if I go with one of the new corsair cases (maybe even the 650D) I could look into the up and coming H100.
Possible SSD: Agility 3 120gb SSD I like the intel 120 gb elmcrest, but wow that is expensive, lol.
Anyway, if you are still reading this after all my rambling then I would love any input you may have. Thanks guys.
@Wintermint - I agree 2k is a lot to spend, hence sub 2k build
@Legendkiller - I don't know if ~120 extra for the 2600k is worth it just for HT - especially when the primary purpose of this rig is for gaming - having said that, when ivy bridge comes out I think I might be able to decide that then. I personally don't like the CM or NZXT builds (the phantom is an exception) but that is just out of personal taste! Also, I've seen reviews where 1600 mhz ram is the best bang for your buck, the difference between 1600 and 1800 is exteremly small - and that 1.25v ram can prolly OC to 1700 mhz or so.
@Why_Me - I agree the maximus is a TINY board - I was merely looking it because i've seen numerious reviews (such as on guru3d.com) where it has gotten amazing reviews. I like that gigabyte - do you prefer that over Asus for any particular reasons? I do really like that PSU though - I think that is one of the newer ones corsair has put out...
Also, I'm not crazy for upgrading from my previous rig correct? Lol, just want to make sure for the sake of new and upcoming titles.
Thanks again for the input guys, I really appreciate it.
If you are going to spend that much cash I would at least wait to see the benchies for Bulldozer (September) and Sandy Bridge-E (October?).
Sandy Bridge-E will be a good performance boost compared to the current offerings and the 8-core Bulldozer is priced around $300, so it should give Sandy Bridge a run for its money based on that alone. AMD Eight-Core FX-Series Bulldozer CPUs Cost $300
If nothing else there will be some price drops and it won't be so close to $2k. Plus there's not a whole lot of new games coming out until then.