System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(SC2 primarily), surfing the web
Parts Not Required: Everything
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel Gaming Machine
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Hi all. I have been gaming on my old pre built HP computer which I bought back in 2006 or 2007. I have never built my own computer before but I have been researching my parts over the past week and here is what I picked out. I bought everything locally except the motherboard, SSD and heatsink. I'm kind of worried my video card is not powerful enough. I bought it locally so returning it will be no problem.
I'm extremely excited! I think I might even go as far sleeving all the cables.
Very nice overall build indeed. Depending on your budget, upping your graphics card will always be worthwhile.
6950/GTX560Ti are both solid performers and are the next jump up from the 6870. The GTX560Ti especially, at 1920x1080 gives great FPS in all games with maxed out settings and has so much overclock potential. 750w PSU that you have is plenty to run SLI/Crossfire with 560ti/6950 as well if you ever wanted to go that route in the future.
In short - Great build, if you can afford it I would recommend a GTX 560Ti If not, be happy with what you have, its a solid PC.
Thanks guys. That makes me feel confident this machine will be good to go for some time. Seeing that SC2 isn't a very graphic intensive game I think I might just stick with the 6870 for now, and possibly upgrade when the ivy bridge processors come out.
Is 2 lower end graphics cards better then a single high end? LIke 2 6870's or 1 6970?
Quick and dirty estimate, the i5 with a mild over clock could pull 125w. The board is around 50w, ram is around 10w, sata devices around 10w The HD 6870 has a max draw of 150 watts. So 2 card would draw 300 watts. That still leaves 450 for the rest of the computer.