So, I am looking to build a gaming desktop that will withstand time and be able to completely dominate all current games, including play future games at high or ultra settings. So in essence, I want a high performance, future proof machine in the $1500-1600 range. (This is a potential christmas gift, so I really do not wish to push it in price.)
The GPUs I am considering, and most likely will be purchasing unless completely convinced otherwise, will be the CF 6950. I want to build a Desktop around these GPUs, catering to their cooling, and performance needs. (I will be playing mostly MMOs, with the occasional other games, FPS - wise, I will be playing on my consoles. Would a single 6970 be a better tactic to further future-proof my machine? So I might be able to just buy another one to CF in the future)
Approximate Purchase Date: Time doesn't matter, I am impatient and greedy, so I would prefer in the next couple of weeks. (I move back into college in 2 weeks, so I would have to either buy it quickly to receive and build it here, or delay, so it will be delivered to my apartment in college)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: The monitor will be used as a television and a computer monitor. So, watching television, however mainly gaming coming from the rig. Surfing the internet. Watch Blueray Movies (If my budget allows, this is only a luxury, not needed).
Parts Not Required: I need everything. Durable, Bang for your buck keyboard + mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever is reliable, free shipping, minimal tax, etc.
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Quality Brands for optimal performance. (Bang for your buck, again)
Overclocking: I have never dabbled with it, but I would like the capabilities just in case.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: Quiet PC with extremely thorough cooling, I want a withstanding, quality computer. Decent looking case would be nice.
So without further ado, the build that I have been dabbling with, and not to mention I will include questions at the end.
1. I have included the Sapphire 6950 GPUs, however, would the MSI Frzr III be a better investment, due to the extra 50 GHZ per card? Which 6950 have the better cooling and performance options, not to mention the ease of overclocking / unlocking?
2. PSU - Is the 750 PSU from Antec sufficient enough to handle the CF 6950?
3. Case - Is the Cooler Masater HAF 922 a sufficient case able to handle the CF 6950, do you believe the layout of the case allows for sufficient cooling for the cards, and is the Mid Tower large enough to handle everything?
4. Motherboard - Does the Asus P8Z68-V allow for proper spacing between the GPUs to disperse the heat, and overall aid for performance?
5. CPU Cooler - Will this cooler be good enough to safeguard against any temperature problems? Not to mention, will the fans be silent. I don't mind some sound, but a jet plane would not be nice.
Overall, my questions all stem to synergy. How does my particular build fare in terms of synergy among each product? If there are certain products that will work even better together, please suggest them. If there are cheaper options that will fare just as well as the ones I have listed, please list them, because cheaper is always better.
If I am able to save enough money, I might invest in a SSD. How beneficial are the SSDs? I have heard a lot about them, but I don't know if I should take the money out of my pocket for the performance.
So, any and all input would be completely awesome. Help me build the most bang for my buck / perfect computer in the $1500 range! Thank you!
Fantastic, thank you! Those coolers look better, and are cheaper! That will put me around 1380 mark.
However, I was thinking, I typically play MMOs and maybe the occasional RPG on the PC. I typically don't play FPS on the PC mainly because I play them on my consoles. So, I could save some money by going EVGA Geforce GTX 580 1.5GB video card.
I have heard, however, the CF will add 25% performance over the 580. Yet, in the future, I could always just buy a second 580 to meet my gaming needs and that will last for a LONG time.
Do you all believe this will be a better route? Not to mention, the saving of 50 bucks will put me down to around $1350, I could invest in a SSD which I have heard is priceless.
So basically, I am having a video card dilemma.
Should I purchase the CF 6950, or buy the GTX 580 + SSD. Which bang for my buck would be the most beneficial, in your guys opinion. If I push things, I might be able to just buy the 6950 + SSD.
OR, could I downgrade a bit on the motherboard which will save me even more money, and be able to run the single GTX 580 effeciently.
Oh the options! Ha, thank you.
(If you guys know a quality SSD that I should buy, by all means link it!)
CF 6950's far outperform a 580, and for the price of 2 580's you can get 6990+6950 or 3x6950's for less or 3*6970's for only a little more all of which comfortably outperform 2*580 SLI. So if your looking for bang for you buck and future scalability then AMD is on top at the moment.
MOBO - Check.
Memory - Check.
HD - Check.
GPU - I have decided to stay with the 2x Radeon 6950, due to the great scaling and support with CF. My only dilemma is, which brand for overall best performance?
Case - Check.
PSU - Check (Unless the 750W may not be enough.)
OD - Are there any better options? If not, check.
Monitor - Check.
Otherwise, only things need clarifying are the GPU / OD.
Any suggestions for cheap and quality wireless mouse / keyboard?
i think the one you have chosen (sapphire) is perfect. it is not only the cheapest, its from a reputable brand and it has a dual fan cooling system. youre not going to find an unlockable one these days, but you should be able to give it a bit of an overclock. dont expect too much from hd6950's though, in that department.
the asrock extreme 4 is a great board
my #1 ssd pick would be the crucial m4 for reasons of reliability, but the solid 3 isnt necessarily a bad choice.
Cpu - i5 2500k
Cpu Cooler - (Combo) Scythe SNJ - 3000
Motherboard - ASRock Extreme 4
Memory - GSkill Ripjaws 8g 1600 (2x4)
SSD - Crucial M4 or OCZ Solid.
HD - Samsung Spinpoint or Seagate Barracuda (Combo with OD)
GPU - 2x Sapphire 6950 CF
Case - Cool Master HAF 922
Power Supply - Antec 750W
OD - LG GH24NS70 (like 18 bucks)
Monitor - Asus 23 inch.
So basically I am set. However little price discrepancies I have to take care of.
Genghis you suggested the Crucial M4 due to reliability, however, it is about ~$40 more than the reviewed OCZ Solid 3. You said the OCZ wasn't bad, but I don't want it to *** out on me. It was reviewed as a good card.
Anyone else have opinions between the two SSD?
Hard Drive wise. I can opt for the Samsung Spinpoint for 59.99, or I can get a combo of the Seagate Barracuda + OD for about 63 bucks. So in essence I would save $20 bucks here for the bundle.
Is the Seagate Barracuda a good HD, or would the 20 bucks be necessary for the Spinpoint?
Thank you guys. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
I have the CPU, Cooler, Motherboard, GPU, Monitor, Memory, Case, PSU all decided.