I'm debating between buying a custom built/personally built with parts computer or buying this computer and upgrading its graphics card to Crossfired Radeon 6950s/GTX 580. I'm looking for the best value here, but something doesn't seem quite right regarding CompUSA's pricing. There's just way too much of a price gap between my selected computer and theirs. (I researched the prices of my selected parts on CyberPowerPC, and there doesn't really seem to be much difference between CyberPower's pricing and the cheapest pricing online)
In addition, apparently the i7 2600 doesn't OC very well, so that also factors in.
So in summary- my selected computer can overclock quite well, CompUSA's can't, CompUSA's pricing allows me to afford beastly CrossFired graphics cards, while my selected computer doesn't leave room for an epic graphics card (GTX 570 is good enough for me though). But again, if there's something that I'm not getting with the CompUSA computer (crappy power supply/motherboard/etc.), I'll probably end up going something different.
If anyone has a different suggestion for my new computer, please post it. I really appreciate additional input (a reason why I posted all that stuff in the beginning).
Thanks for reading, and I hope to get some good responses
I think that with any prebuilt PC you are going to get sub par quality components to be honest. Also the i7 isn't a good idea, that one can't overclock at all and a cheaper i5-2500k would perform better even with the slightest of overclocks.
If you are looking for pure value, maybe try SLI GTX 560Ti's. That graphics setup would be quite a lot better than a more expensive GTX 580. The CPU would also be on par with (and much cheaper than) the i7 at stock and much better when overclocked.
Hmm that indeed does sound good, but is there any information on future proofing in terms of the i5 2500k vs the i7 2600k? Currently there aren't many games that utilize multi-threading but in the near future would we see a lot more games utilizing it? I just don't want my i5 to become obsolete in 2 years.
O.o I'm hoping for this computer to at least get me through college xD
So you're saying I should get an i7 2600k?
Also, about the 560 Ti SLI, wouldn't it be better to get a single 580?
X2 560ti's in Sli can outperform a single gtx 580 but only support 2-way Sli, as for the radeons(6950's and 6990's are very unstable, if you plan on playing games like bf3 and Skyrim it will crash continuously if I were in your shoes I'd go for the gtx 560ti gainward glh x2
-Two factory overclocked (900MHz) 560 Ti - 900 Mhz get 862 fps for $410 at a cost of $ 0.48 per frame. They can be OC'd another 10-12% where as one 580 gets 616 fps for $480 at a cost of $ 0.78 per frame. They can be OC'd another 4-6%.
SLI can be worth it, it has advantages and disadvantages like anything. You usually get very good price/performance at the price of high power consumption/heat/noise.
Anyway, an i5-2500k won't be obsolete in 2 years. Obsolete is a strong word, obsolete is what a floppy disk is. An overclocked i5-2500k is still going to be great for games in a few years. There are still plenty of people using core 2 quads and they are still fine even in the most demanding games.
I would go with the i5, even if games did utilise hyperthreading I don't know if it would be worth another $100.
I'd imagine the 580 would be more future proof though. I mean once my 560s stop being able to run new games at relatively decent settings, I could simply buy another 580 and SLI that for a good boost in performance, prolonging the lifespan of my computer.
Well I'm going to do what you suggested, with the i5 and 560 Ti SLI, etc. etc. It makes the most sense to me since I won't really need an i7 for video editing and stuff and the SLI gives me the most power for the price. I just had a few extra questions about the processor and graphics card choice that have already been answered.