Hello, I'm looking to put together a system, while spending the least amount of money possible for gaming reliably @ 2650x1600 resolution for the likes of BF3, Skyrim, etc. I need everything except storage, as I already have a SSD which I plan to use for my primary drive. I've done some research on these hardware sites and this is what I'm led to believe is ideal for value:
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... $25.99
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $149.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $154.99
SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $289.99 (x2) = $579.98
Total: Roughly $1250.00
The intent would be to overclock the processor up to 4.0-4.5Ghz and unlock the extra shaders on the two 6950s. I'm trying to save money on the case, but I'd be filling in all the optional fan slots. Although I'm still concerned if maybe this setup is too much for a mid-size tower on air. Should I go with a full-size HAF tower instead?
Any other suggestions on what to do differently? Thanks.
You can save a bit on the CPU by going with an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition ($130 or less). BF3 isn't CPU intensive and all benchmarks I've seen don't show an advantage in going with Intel I-5s or I-7s. Higher end mobos for AMD tend to be cheaper, also.
But, Intel is certainly better for some things and may work better for you overall.
I have a similar set-up (2 toxic 6950s in crossfire, etc) and use a COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W PSU - plenty of power.
I agree with 8gb RAM...I actually run with 4 with no problems.
Regarding the case, I'm a big fan og bigger is better....more room for working in, future additions...and if you're sticking with air cooling being able to add lots of fans with room enough to push the air around is a plus.