Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks, thinking specifically Black Friday for best deals.
Budget Range: $1000-$1100 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet/Gaming/Coding
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com/amazon.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Yes after I learn about it more
SLI or Crossfire: Not planned but may change mind
Monitor Resolution: Currently 1280x1024 but I plan on upgrading my monitor early next year.
Additional Comments: I have a keyboard/mouse/monitor but I would like to upgrade each of these next year so suggestions will be appreciated. I have looked at other builds and I believe what I have picked out is pretty good.
If I decided to go CF the 6950 would I need a 750W or 800+?
I also read about the 560 ti getting an update to 448 cores and is basically a 570 with cores shut off. Is this worth waiting for or just go with the 6950?
The z68 chipset has the capability to have a small SSD less than 64gb act as a sort of large cache, meaning the programs and files you utilize commonly will be stored there for quicker access.
The recommendation on the z68 chipset, is it is the newest, a bit quicker across the board, has good future proofing for most models.
The crucial m4 128gb is the best SSD on the market price to performance. The m4 64gb is a bit lower on performance but same dependability and the drivers are known to be good.
If you are CFing you need at least 850-950W PSU. The 6950 is a good card, can be unlocked to essentially be a 6970. The 560ti is a good upper midrange card. It will perform well for a year then you will need to SLI them in order to keep up with the newer cards and the newer games.
PhysX is coming, but it is not required to have games playable in the future it's just a bonus.
For RAM anything with 1.5v and 1600Mhz will work perfectly, be mindful of the height of your RAM and the size of your CPU cooler, as you have to put the RAM in certain slots to use dual channel and the cooler might block those slots.
I thought only the reference 6950 cards could be unlocked? I have also seen other posts that say 750 is enough for a CF 6950 but then others say you need 850? Honestly I doubt I will CF but in a few years I might just replace the card all together for a new single card. So then should I get the 750W or just keep the 650W I have listed to future proof myself for better cards in the future or will they have about the same power consumption as the top cards now?