Ok So i am building my dream rig and want to make sure everything is perfect here is what i have so far:
Asus 24" hd monitor
Msi Hawk HD 6870 X2
Crucial 128gb ssd
HDD:? so expensive right now might just go with ssd until price drops or craigslist
I dont want to spend to much but i am not skimping on anything and want this baby to last for a couple years at least so quality first then price. Thank you so much for your time. I am most worried about picking out a MOBO i want something that is solid for the items i have. I don't plan on upgrading this rig and if i need to i will just Build a new one.
Why not go with a single Radeon 6950 or 6970 instead of two 6870s?
Motherboard I still recommend Gigabyte - the one I have and really like is the Z68XP-UD3P.
Case: Corsair Carbide - one of the best on the market right now.
PSU: There's several variables as to what determines the PSU you get - go with at least a 650 - 750 watt to be on the safe side, Corsair, Seasonic, and PC Power & Cooling are all excellent brands. I hear Thermaltake and the Cooler Master Silent Gold PSUs are really good as well.
Unsure about what you want really or how much your budget is, so I'll just give some personal preferences for now.
For cases, you want to ideally try and find ones with good cable management, a decent size depending on what you're going to put in (e.g. long graphics cards, water cooler, etc), so I would recommend cases like the Coolermaster 690 II Advanced, which goes for around £77, or if you want something that is more stylish, I'd say you wouldn't find a better case than the Corsair 650D.
Motherboards, you want to be looking at either the P67 or Z68, as they give you good overclocking potential, and a lot of internal and external ports.
PSU all depends on what you will be putting in your case - as you plan on crossfire with 6850s, I would go for a PSU that is 750W or higher - ideally 850W just to be safe.
And yep, I would not go for a HDD at this moment in time, because the prices are just ridiculous - use your SSD for now, and maybe take the HDD from your current desktop and use it until prices drop.
Approximate Purchase Date:Next couple of months, No rush
Budget Range:1200$ expandable
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming Period.
Parts Not Required:Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, GPU's, SSD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tigers direct, locally at Fry's
Parts Preferences: Def want an i5 2500k i have dual MSI GPU's so a MSI MOBO might be nice otherwise a Seasonic made PSU and i don't really care. Nice Roomy Stylish Case. Budget can be expanded as i don't have to buy all at once so i pretty much want the HOT ***!
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Really want a Long lasting setup. I think that the i5 and 2 6870's should last me a while on power for my gaming and just want reliable parts to go with it. Thank you for your time and patience.