Have not done a new build in many years. Last time I did it was a workstation for Avid Studio Pro . A dual Zeon with big Quadro card.My kids soon after got me into FPS on the PC.The workstation did okay in my view.I know, nothing ideal but I like it better than my kids PS3.
Now I find myself playing more games ( kids are now 27 & 28 ) they can build their own machine .And I still enjoy FPS and Arcade racing.I have a ton of PS3 games but want to go back to PC.Partly because I want to feel like I did something worthwild building a really cool & awsome PC. I know this might be the lst and only gamer I will do.I felt the community here as I read through the Forums are way ahead of me and have great insight.So if you chime in thanks in advance.
Here is what I need. Advice on what would work best ( I hate to spend $ ) and find out I should of asked more Questions and could of been smarter about planning.
I have some items already and a budget in mind.
First this is what I want to use it for.
40% Store movies DVD's and Blu-Rays to play on 50" HDTV.
40% Game play FPS and arcade racing.
20% Avid HD editing and Adobe CS4 flash and photoshop, dreamweaver etc.
asking alot but this is what I have.
1. WD caviar hard drive 1 TB * 2 each
2. EVGA GTX 560 Overclocked edition *2 each to run SLI
3.LG blu-ray burner.
4.ASUS Sonus 7.1 sound card
I was going to build a media center and thought I would go big and game and edit all in one.
I plan to overclock the procesor and thinking about water cooling the cpu and GTX.
The only item I can say I am ready to add is the processor INTEL i7 2600K 3.4
Looking at ASUS P8X68 Delux gen 3 motherboard. But not sure.
Also will use a SS primary drive maybe a corsair 120 gig.
I have around $1750 in my the remainder give or take. Welcome suggestions .
need help fast .
I'll be home next week and this will only give me a week to get it mostly together and start the build .
I go away for work again and want to have it ready for Christmas for when I my kids come home for two weeks.
I do have a Micro Center a hour away and they have quite a bit instock.
Approximate Purchase Date: (next week to begin build)
Budget Range: ($1750.00)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming 50%, Watching & burning movies 30% , Running CS4 20% )
Parts Not Required: (What I have now:EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1463-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130664
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Micro Center & New Egg & FrozenCPU)
Country: (Good Old USA)
Parts Preferences: ( Intel for CPU , Corsair for SSD & Memory)
Overclocking: Yes 5.0
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: ( will also output to 50" panasonic G20 for movies 1920x1080)
Case Full Tower:Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black Steel SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans-1x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift top fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift front fan and 1x 140mm rear fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I am thinking about selling the EVGA 560's they are new in the box unused.I have $350 tied up in them so far.I could buy a single 570 or 580 and go SLI in a few months or stay with them now and go SLI with a newer version upgrade in a year. I rather spend more money on motherboard and cpu and build around it.Swapping out a card in the future is no issue because it can be done in little time.
My main focus is to run FPS and Arcade Racing like Need for Speed out put to my 50 plasma and if I could find the money go to triple monitors and triple VGU in a year or so.
Anyway. The 950w will let you SLI two GTX 580 and HARD OC with no problems . A single 580 would max out most games out right now and would last you at least 2 to 3 years playing everything at high to ULTRA.
Don't get the i7-2600k or 2700k. Not much difference in gaming and you would only be wasting money.
If you plan to invest on a tri monitor setup then getting 3gb video ram on the 580 would be ideal.