Been mulling this over for a week or so now and think I have apporximately what I need for a new gaming rig, but even though I might have a rudimentary knowledge of these things, this will be my first build without help and I'm nervous about it . . . and I value the knowledge-base of this community. So here goes
Approximate Purchase Date: Soon . . . this week or next
Budget Range: MAX $2k . . . meaning, I'd like it to be under, but I'm flexible
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (RTS, FPS, RPG), Surfing, minor video editing (uploading to YouTube and stuff like that)
Parts Not Required: Already have 2 monitors (HANNS-G 30" or 32" I forget which=primary with a Samsung 22" on the side), keyboard, mouse, etc
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: I live in the UK, but have a US mailing address so USPS is fine
Overclocking: I will overclock, but nothing extreme
SLI or Crossfire: CrossFire . . . see below
Additional Comments: Quiet would be nice, but not super important
Total cost: $1852 (give or take 20 bucks on the PSU)
Please let me know what you think, what you'd change and why, what I could do to reduce cost while maintaining performance or what I could do to increase performance signifigantly and hit my $2k ceiling. Please be brutally honest!
Thank you in advance for all of your help and I look forward to hearing from you!
I would double your RAM to 16 gb because it is so cheap.
Buy your hard drive as soon as possible because availability is going down and prices are flying up due to the floods at hard drive factories in Thailand. The Seagate Barracuda can be bought on Amazon for $74.95 at the moment and you should buy it ASAP before the price goes up like all the other hard drives.
If you are in no rush to buy your components, Newegg is having a November sale in which they have a certain percentage off on certain components every day. You can just wait for each of your parts to go on sale because they eventually will. For example, today's sale is 15% off Microsoft peripherals and 10% off flash memory.
You have 2 powerful graphics cards so you might. Again, it is so cheap right now so I would throw in the extra $60 now so you never have to worry about it.
And yes, buy hard drive now because the Wall Street Journal says prices will continue to increase through the New Year and will not stabilize until late next year.
But the sales this month could lead to a lot of savings on such an expensive build.
Build looks good mate. Out of the two PSU you listed I would go for the Antec as it has a huge amount of amps on the +12v rail and Antec do seem to make better power supplys than OCZ. Have you considerd a Corsair PSU? 850w will be more than enough as long as the PSU has enough amps.
The Sapphire Toxic 6950 comes with the 6970 BIOS with 1536 Shaders instead of a 6950's 1408 Shaders
The reason why Sapphire does not advertise very much that the toxic 6950 has a 6970 bios switch is because there is no guarantee that the extra shaders will work.
Sapphire factory flash the secondary BIOS to an HD 6970 with 1536 Shaders. This then gives people the potential for even greater performance, rivaling a 6970 since the clocks are higher.
Oh and don't bother getting more than 8GB of memory its a waste of money.
I have the same G Skills memory that you have chosen and its great memory. I also have the Crucial M4 128GB SSD and it kicks arse. Crucial have also just released new firmware for it which has made a fast SSD evan faster.