Approximate Purchase Date: Cyber Monday-XMAS (is there any items I should buy right now, and is there some I could wait till later for cheaper? I'm in no rush) I have a moderate desktop right now that I got from Costco and is still in the exchange time frame, but realized I wanted more power for gaming.
Budget Range: 1500 after rebates hopefully.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (LOL and WOW for now, in the future D3 and BF3), stream movies, blah blah
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mousem, and speakers. I have a monitor, (Samsung SyncMaster AS300, willing to accept recommendations), I could yank out the old HDD from and old desktop.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: i have no preference really, only been browsing around newegg and amazon
Parts Preferences: I've read in many threads the 15-2500 is the popular choice. For GPU, I was thinking of getting of one 6950 right now, and the other later. Maybe both at the same time. suggestions?
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe - not right away, in the future yes.
2500k is out of stock on newegg which is why I went with NCIX. This system would be ready to handle another GTX 580 in SLI whenever you want to. You could go with a 2600k for a little less than $100 more, which I would if you are going to be doing anything else heavy besides gaming.
thanks for the quick reply gmcizzle. The heaviest use will probably be mainly gaming, maybe some editing here and there, but not too often. I play more MMO than FPS.
would this system be overdoing it? or can I cut down somewhere?
Oh yeah of course it can be cut down some, eg. 8gb like zero pointed out, but this is an all-out beast mode $1500 build.
Also, I should mention that for the same price as the 580 you can get 2x 560 Ti in SLI, which will be faster, however it's not upgradeable since you can't run them in 3x SLI (unless you sell the 560 Ti's of course and get another card).
The 560 Ti and the first 6950 both have 1gb of VRAM. 1gb is probably enough for a while longer still at 1080p, but obviously 2gb is ideal for future-proofing. The 560 Ti refresh card is coming out in a few days I believe, and it will probably be priced between a 560 Ti and a 570, and between them in performance, although it still will have 1gb of VRAM. Mid-range models of the next-gen cards might be out before this year is over, with the higher end models following a bit later.