More Comments: I’m unsure about the power supply. Also, in the future, will adding another ENGTX570 to SLI be better than upgrading to a new GPU? I will be sticking to using one monitor.
Well this is the build I’m looking at. Any opinions, advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. And if there are any issues compatibility-wise (I hope not) or parts not being able to fit, do tell!
These are just examples and there are many other options, but I'd stick with the brands that I listed above for the reasons I listed.
I would also ditch the sound card unless you are very picky with your sound needs. I use headphones 99% of the time and a sound card doesn't make that much of difference for me, but that is just my opinion.
And also, you need a PSU w/ at least 38A on the 12v rail, and that cooler master's specs are not listed...ok, I looked at the pic, its 50A on the 12v rail, plenty for 1 570, but not 2, keep that in mind
If ya was thinking well I was gonna SLI the 570's ...
Twin 570's = 873 fps in Guru3D game test suite at $700
Twin 900Mhz 560's = 862 fps in Guru3D game test suite at $450
$250 extra for 11 fps isn't my idea of a good return on investment .... and the factory OC'd 570 doesn't OC near as well as the factory OC'd 560
As far as "cost effectiveness" goes or "dollars per frame", the winners are highlighted in bold
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
The 900 Mhz 560 Ti has the lowest single card cost at 43 cents per frame, the 6950 is close behind at 44 cents per frame....the 570 and 6970 follow quite a bit (50% more) behind at 67 and 68 cents per frame.
In SLI/CF, the 900 MHz 560 wind tho this time by a bigger margin at 50 cents per frame. Again the 6950 is close at 56 cents per frame.....at 80 and 87 cents per frame, the 570 and 6970 are falling fast at 60% and 75% more expensive on a cost per frame basis.
4. I wouldn't bother w/a sound card with a quality MoBo.....saved $60
5. 700 watter way big for one 570, too small for 2
XFX Core Edition 850 for $90 is a steal, same price as the 750 watter....9.5 jonnyguru performance rating....saved $30
In general, I tend to prefer one big video card up front and perhaps a second one at the same time later if it gets to the point that the one doesn't perform adequately anymore.
A HD 6950 or a GTX 570 are the most cost effective top of the line cards right now. 6870s or 560s one step below that. I would try for one of the first 2 if you want to play new games on the highest settings with reasonable frame rates.
As for Power Supplies, never ever sacrifice here to bring down the cost of your PC. You wouldn't put a Dodge Neon engine in a Dodge Viper you were planning to drive, and cheapy PSUs are just that sort of equivalent. Stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX, or Seasonic and you won't be sorry even if it costs you twice as much.
Also, I wouldn't sacrifice on wattage either. PSUs work most efficiently for the longest time at about half their stated maximum usage. Ideally if you want to take 400 most of the time from it then get an 800w.
I agree with no sound card like the others said, they tend to be overrated.
The Antec PSU has a combined 62.5A on the 4 12v rails, so your covered. I like it more than CM PSU's, but that is just my preference. BTW it's overkill for the single 560 GPU, but will leave quite a bit of room for upgrades later. If you feel the 560 GPU is getting a bit slow for your needs in a 12-24 months from now, I'd just upgrade to the latest single GPU out.
lunyone, I will be getting twin 560s right away. For the power supply, I am looking into modular PSU instead for the better cable management. I only chose the 850W CM PSU because of it's modular, with a lot of headroom for upgrading in the future. Any other modular PSUs to recommend?
What do you mean by the Antec PSU having a combined 62.5A on the 4 12v rails? Sorry for asking. Newbie here
12v basically multiplies by the 62.5A to come out with 700ish to 800ish watts deliverable to whatever is connected to the 12v wires.
If that were to say 16a, then it would be about 200w capable of being given to whatever was on the 12v wires.
That is an important difference, because the CPU is going to be about 125w itself, which doesn't leave a lot of juice for things like Video Cards that also go on the 12v wires.
Different companies divide power differently among the wires so without further research I can't really say if each of the 4x 12vs gets 1/4 of the juice or if you can take all of it out of the same wire or things like that, but given that it is Antec it is probably good enough for whatever you are doing.
If you get the Antec, you won't be sorry about it. PSUs work most efficiently and last the longest when you take about 50% of the max from them and thus extra juice doesn't usually hurt you and often helps you.
Others suggest going an extra 100 or 200 higher than what you expect to draw and routinely operating at 80%, so I am kinda the minority opinion on saying x2 and 50% instead.
In any event, the only thing that everyone will agree on is sticking with Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or another brand made by those same companies like XFX.