System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Browsing internet, movies, video editing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Moniter, Mouse, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com/Amazon.com/Bestbuy.com
Parts Preferences: As long as it kicks ass
Overclocking: Yes, but don't have any experience on it so far.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900
Additional Comments: Help me shave some money off! There's no specific amount I want to reach but as long as I save some. ^_^
This build is mostly going to be used to play games such as Skyrim/BF3/online MMOs along with a couple other old games at maxed out quality. I'm a night time gamer so I would prefer it being as quiet as possible. I'm wondering if these parts are compatible with each other and if the PSU would be suitable for this build. I would like this build to last me a long time before upgrading. (4-5 years)
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is this enough? Newegg calcuated around 503 for the build but I was browsing through other peoples builds and someone mentioned something about a 30% loss rate?
The difference between 2500 and 2500k is that the k is like $20 more and can be OCd, that is about all.
6950 vs 560ti, I would say that the 560 ti costs 10% less because it performs 10% less. In any event, at the extremely low end of resolutions both will perform so well that its hard to feel the difference between them.
PSUs, both the 6950 and 560ti cards have manufacturer suggested PSU wattages for the complete PC of 500w. You aren't going to be x2ing video cards with this PSU either way so you could potentially shave some off the PSU down to a 600 or 550w.
Most here tend to be conservative'ish with the PSUs they need and get at the most 30% overage so 650w isn't out of line with that if you go as high as 30% over.
TBH, though, its going to be hard to max out all the newest games while still shaving off the price tag. $800 - $900 isn't up to enthusiast level ($1000+) nor the extreme level ($2000ish) and somewhere between those figures is where people generally go to max out current gen games ($1500ish)
You are already asking that level of performance out of half the budget which is tough as it is.
Your build looks solid. The 560 Ti is defiantly still competitive. The 560 Ti OC basically is a 570, referring to the MSI you've selected. Plus the 560 Ti performs well at lower resolutions (1680x1050 and below).
I disagree with Raiddinn about lasting this build. This would last you awhile, but it's hard to say. I'd give it 3 years before a GPU upgrade is needed but technology has been moving so fast so, it's hard to say.
@ Raiddinn Thanks for clearing my questions. Yeah I am asking for a bit much. I'll look for a lower wattage PSU.
@ aznshinobi I read your article and it greatly helped me in picking out these parts. I'll end up getting the 560 Ti, Thanks.
@ Steadywaters I didn't realize that! Good looking out