So my first question is on the motherboard. I was looking to an Asus board, but the ASRock one seems extremely popular and to have gotten very good reviews. Is there any reason to spend the $80 or so extra on an Asus board?
I know most people say 16gb RAM is way overkill, but RAM prices are so cheap right now I'd rather have extra.
I was planning to go with a GTX 560ti as I've always favored Nvidia cards, but the SWTOR review posted here yesterday said it favors AMD. It is worth the switch to AMD? Also on the 1GB vs 2GB version of the 6950, what are the chances it's worth the extra?
The Power Supply I'm probably the least set on. I want a quality modular bronze or higher certified PS, with enough headroom to allow a second video card later. If you could suggest a cheaper one that fits these criteria then I'm game.
For the case I want something lighted with a black interior that's easy to route all the cables out of the way. If there's one under $100 that is significantly better then I'm up for it.
Can anyone like me the proper fan to add a second fan to that CPU cooler?
I have a Vertex 3 120GB SSD I bought over thanksgiving that I plan to use for a primary drive, and I can pull an extra HDD out of my current PC for more space until HDD prices come down a bit. I'm also planning to move my sound card from my current PC to the new one. (Creative Fatal1ty X-Fi) I game on a 1080p 32" TV, and use a 24" 1920x1200 monitor as a secondary display for web browsing etc. I'm planning to overclock into the 4.2ghz range, maybe 4.4 if I get a lucky on the CPU, but nothing too crazy. What sort of voltage will I likely need for this range? I'm asking for some of the parts for my birthday + Xmas, so combo's are kinda hard to fit in because they wont all be bought together.
Well, I'm starting 2 consider going back go the 560ti.I know technically the 6950 is slightly better, but OC'd 560ti's are the same price, and I've always really been an Nvidia fan over AMD. But I can't decide.
Only other question is if I should get a slightly better CPU cooler.
From the reviews I have read that CPU cooler is very good if you look at Tom's Hardwares System builder they used the previous version of that in their $2000 build.
Another quick observation, from what I have read in these forums, 16gb of ram is slight overkill and the most anyone is ever gonna need unless performing really heavy tasks is 8gb.
Personally i would go for the 560ti mainly because of Nvidia fanboyism but there isnt that bigger difference between the two cards and if you do go dual GPUs in the future I believe the 560ti scales better.
^+1 you have a good point about flashing the 6950 to 6970 however I have heard that that can be quite unreliable in some circumstances. But if you do go with a 6950 you should definitely go with the 2gb version for future proofings sake.