Hello community. With all of the sweet games coming out (diablo 3, crysis 2), it's that time to upgrade my rig. This is my first time building my own computer so some expert advice from ya'll would be awesome. My goal is to make a computer that can run the latest games on med/hi settings with a high resolution monitor. I need everything for the computer except the mouse, because I have been using laptops pretty much my whole life until now. I suppose I could go a little bit over my budget but would prefer to stick within that price range if at all possible. Any recommendations from you guys would be awesome.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week
Budget Range: $1000-$1200 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Movies / College Work
Parts Not Required: Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: United States - Utah
Parts Preferences: Would prefer a cool mid tower case, and Intel CPU (i5-2500k?)
Overclocking: Maybe (can anyone sell me on the idea? is there really that much boost in performance?)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, would like to have one nice GPU so I can have the option of adding another one in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Would prefer a cool PC because of the small room I'm in, and given that I live with other people close to me - a quiet PC would also be ideal. But functionality is most important.
That setup looks really good. Is that motherboard SLI/Xfire compatible? Also, would I be able to notice much of a difference with my OS on the SSD? For the $100 I'd almost rather get a nicer monitor or maybe aim a little higher on the PSU for adding another GPU later if there isn't a big difference in performance with the SSD.
What are your thoughts on the importance of an SSD?
Yeah I think I will scratch the SSD just because it won't make too much of a difference. Also, looks like the motherboard has only 1x PCI express 2.0 slot so I wouldn't mind spending a little extra on a better motherboard that can support SLI/Xfire.
Any recommendations on a nice MOBO compatible with this setup?
Great. Thanks for the input everyone. Looks pretty good so far. Can any of you experts find anything wrong with this setup, or make any further changes/recommendations? Will I need more power with this SLI/Xfire Mobo?
----I'll probably order it really soon like tonight if everything looks good and I can get a couple expert vouches ----
that 520W should be plenty, even for overclocking., the stock 560ti needs 24 amps on the 12 rail(s) for the system. The 520W I listed has a whopping 40 amps on the 12v rail. should handle a single 560ti just fine
I tried to get a little extra wattage in there for overclocking and such. Does anyone know if that would be enough for 2xGTX 560 Ti's? Probably not, but that single GPU has great performance and should last me a good while.
So with 620W I can SLI using 2x 560ti's and overclock my 2500k and only be at 425W? Is that taking into account all of my other build? That seems unusually low for those specs but you're the expert not me!
I'm waiting on the parts right now so hopefully i can make this computer 10x sweeter in the future by adding another 560ti and maybe even another 1TB HDD for RAID 0 .