Approximate Purchase Date: this should happen between 20-60 days from now on.
Budget Range: <1500$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3 , powerdirector 9
Parts Not Required: Monitor (Dell U2311h IPS 23"), mice, keyboard
Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: usa (buying in USA + living in Lithuania (East Europe) = saving ~500$)
Parts Preferences: not into names, but i do prefer quality first. It pays to pay more for a well made product, always. Though AMD is something i'd like to leave for the past unless you prove me different.
Overclocking: Yes, after a few years, when Moore's law kicks in and my awesom 1500$ rig becomes "awesom" 150$ rig.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Well, working with powerdirector is ok even with my Athlon 64 x2 6000+ and 8800GT. Though rendering or ripping VHS to DVD is time consuming with such specs. But the saddest part was watching slideshow (ok, maybe 10-15 fps) at lowest settings in BF3 on my pc, then watching reviews in ULTRA settings in youtube and then watching slideshow again. Though I don't need ULTRA settings on every corner. Few extra shadows don't make a big deal to me. I just don't want to be humiliated so badly again in at least 3-5 years
So these are main two tasks for a new rig to deal with: video processing and new GPU hungry FPS games like BF3.
The third thing and also very important is future-proof. 5+ years, please. During those years one extra video card can be added in SLI/CFire mode, but nothing more than that.
And this 1.5k baby should be economical too! Since i spend half of my time at PC just reading stuff and watching movies
1) Those 3GB cards are for a triple monitor set up. They will actually get lower FPS on a single monitor set up due to latency. You can google the reviews on them.
2) The psu. A 850w psu will push two of those cards in SLI, but it will stress it to the max and shorten the life span due to the fact it will be running maxed out and HOT. You want a psu with more watts and amps.
3) That Asus motherboard is a mATX and has horrible spacing for dual cards, especially decent sized cards. Get a motherboard with good spacing for your vid cards. This Asrock down below is set up for Ivy Bridge and the new generation vid cards (PCI-E 3.0).
4) That CM cpu h/s down below is new on the market, comes with excellent thermal compound and allows you to add another fan for a "push - pull" effect.