I already have a power supply right now that's not too old, a 700W OCZGXS700. Will that power supply be able to run most of these components, especially the Crossfired 6870s?
If not, any power supply that you guys may know to be more efficient than the one I picked up at idle loads? I understand it's gold rated, but I hear at idle loads it's not the best and I don't want to be killing my electric bill just to browse the internet.
Any advice on a different SSD? Maybe SATA 6gb/s? Maybe ditch it all together?
I plan on playing Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Planetside 2 and a lot more up and coming games. Will the 6870CF set-up do me very well at 1680x1050 you think?
I hear my RAM has high voltage but I'm not really sure what that means. Anyone care to explain?
This is a neat post, thanks for using a good format.
That powersupply is going to be able to handle the crossfired 6870s. On reviews, I have seen it average around ~470-490 watts at peak loads, therefore your old PSU should be sufficient.
Not too familiar with powersupplies when being price & energy conscious at the same time.
That SSD works, but I would recommend a OCZ Agility / Vertex. That is just a preference call, not much reasoning behind it. Do not worry about SATA 6gb/s, most SSDs won't show the performance difference. Also, you won't be able to see a performance difference if you are just video / web / gaming.
Your computer should be able to handle BF3 well, but I am not too familiar with the specs for Skyrim / Planetside 2. Also not sure about the voltage thing with the ram.
Recommendations: I feel like your 6870s are going to get outdated too quickly, and its not worth paying near $400 to future proof for less than a year. Instead, I would purchase a 6970 and then plan on crossfiring it in the future [maybe 7-9 months down the line]. Only problem with that is you are going to need a bigger PSU down the line. Purchasing a 6950 and crossfiring it later also works, and there may be some that are low power consumption so you can keep your 700W. That would require a bit more homework. All in all, good build, let me know how it turns out.
This is more or less the exact build I'm going for, except I'm using a 570gtx.
From what I've read the nvidia performs better at 1080p or lower while the amd cards excel at higher resolutions. Side by side the 570 and the 6970 are pretty much identical, if you don't plan on getting a x1440 monitor or use a 3 monitor set up nvidia would be the better/cheaper choice right now.
How is Nvidia a better choice right now? Those 6870s OP listed stomp anything Nvidia has to offer as far as value right now. And the the 1.5v RAM is the right voltage for your mobo/CPU. If you're concerned about microstuttering (which isn't a big deal) then kick it up to a 6950 and grab another one when the next gen comes out and prices fall.