System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: Intel 2500k anything else can change
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in future unless i can fit in decent ones now)
Other: Would like to see it with a side window in the case
Additional Comments: good frames and fast for gaming.
Build so far:
Processor and case combo: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K & Rosewill CRUISER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side Panel Window and Four Fans 269.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Motherboard and PSU combo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS & PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply 309.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GPU and Ram combo: XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity & G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL 254.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Not sure if this is the way to go need to see if there is a better build to do to either save some money or get better performance out of this thing. Would also like to see if I could squeeze in a SSD somewhere but not sure where don't care too much on size just big enough to hold OS or maybe a game or two.Would like to have dual gpu's but if I can't get it right now no big deal just will get it next month. Also was wondering if the 6870 is too outdated now. Also considering the difference between the z68 and p67 boards not really sure what the big difference is and which one is better. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Hey man, that's a pretty solid build. From what I see, there's no need for a Z68 motherboard. Here's a rig with dual 6850s which will have better performance than an HD 6970 and about on par with a GTX 580. Also, you will want a 1920x1080 display to fully enjoy the horsepower of those Crossfired cards.
As far as getting two hard drives there is no need. I will partition the drive with 50gb for OS and let everything else fall on the rest of the drive. I have never had any problems with this before. I also agree with why_me that the technology still hasn't caught up to using the 3.0gb/s with the exception on I believe two server applications and running raid that clocks in at about 4.5gb/s but I'm not spending $10,000 on a computer setup.
Not sure which is better or where I can squeeze in more. decided to keep with the same brand PSU due to the $70 rebate with hdd that makes it better and the same price as the other PSU listed now am debating between the GPU's they will be sli/xfired in the future just not right now. This build puts me slightly over budget but not too much that I can't handle. Any other thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.