Hi im planing on building a new system in the next few weeks. It will be my second build, the first being 5 years ago so I want to run it by everyone first because I'm sure there's probably some better component options. Thanks for the help!
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 3-4 weeks
Budget Range: 900-1000 but preferably as cheap as possible
System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, movies, CAD, Photo editing, internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, but i dont mind buying elsewhere for deals
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Most likely
Crossfire: may purchase another graphics card next year
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
1. Will the motherboard i selected be compatible with ivy bridge and crossfire should i choose to upgrade in the future?
2. Will the power supply be able to run 2 6950 cards?
3. Do I need additional case fans?
4. Do I need a cpu cooler?
Out of the cases you recommended what one would give the best airflow/space/cooling as compared to the haf? I like the antec 300 and the Xigmatek. I dont really like the big plastic windows like on the nzxt. Just looking quickly the Xigmatek Utgard looks like it would offer the most ventilation with the mesh side
Thanks for the help ps3hacker. I came to the same conclusion after doing a little research on the xigmatek.
So i Should get 850w power supply if i want crossfire down the road? Is there a particular reason you recommended that xfx model?
Here are a few more i was looking at. Leaning towards the corsair because of positive reviews/reputation
125.99 w/ rebate - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the MSI 6950 that you have chosen is one of the best of the 6950s! as for the PSU if you plan on crossfire then a 850W is definetely what i would reccommend, the antec that you've listed as i found out a while back is that it will only fit in certain antec cases.
the seasonic is on an amazingly low priced offer right now, but the antec can provide more than double he wattage on the 12V rail (the 12V rail is the most important rail because that is where your graphics card/CPU and mobo get their power from) you can work out wattage by multiplying amps by volatage (power=voltage xcurrent).
if its beetween the corsair and the seasonic the seasonic wins.
if iyou want more power than the antec is still better, since its more efficient as well as bering able to provide more power.
there wasnt a particular reason why i reccommended that xfx i think it was just that it was on offer at the time, and would give similar performance (XFX, Corsair, seasonic, antec, OCZ are all great brands to go with when choosing a PSU).