Been looking around a lot and reading up on stuff. I think I agree with your recommendation to grab a 6950 and upgrade it. Switched a few other pieces based on feedback and other build reviews. The big question is now where to get the vid card as newegg is out of stock and amazon is listing the MSI Frozr III card at $387 which seems ridiculous.
I singled out MSI as it seems to be considered among the best with the least amount of issues from upgrading. But as always, I am open to suggestions!
Also, I am sticking with an SSD as it seems to be regarded as the single best upgrade you can make to a system these days in terms of the overall feel of system speed. I like to alt-tab out of games alot and I always hated the HD thrashing from the virtual memory with a passion. I would like to minimize that as much as possible without going crazy with the budget (on a side note that is why I was looking at 12gb ram initially as the amount of free memory seems to have an effect on how painful that alt-tabbing out of games is).
That said I have been reading recommendations that suggest staying away from the new SF drives to avoid a lot of the issues that have been emerging. The M4 line was suggested as a low price alternative to the intel controllers. Given all that my decision has been mainly determining if I should go with 128 or 256. I'm thinking that for boot + a few regularly played games on board (for level load performance mainly) + having sufficient free space the 256 is probably a better bet.
Hi all. Been researching this build for a few days now. I've got a bit of wiggle room with this build. Initially I was looking at getting two of the graphics board listed below but I am somewhat unsure whether to mess with SLI or not after reading the MicroStutter article. Please let me know what you think.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) ~$1700 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Yes on CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 moving to 1920x1080 ina few months
Skip the SSD, 4gb is enough.. but I would go no more than 8gb, ASRock is good but I suggest seeing if there's cheaper dual x8. Use the money you save and buy a gtx 570 or gtx 580. Just use that until AMD releases 7xxx by the end of this year and nVIDIA release Keplar in 2012. You will last for a long time with a gtx 570/580. I also recommend a HD 6950 and flashing it to a HD 6970.
So I'm having issues finding dual bios 6950's anywhere. Also alot of people are posting that they are having difficulties flashing the new boards with a risk of bricking the card. Looks like that ship may have sailed. If that's the case then what's the next best OC board? Would it make sense to grab a 6970 and just OC that? Or do the GTX5XX start looking more attractive?