This weekend I am going to get a new Gaming Rig for about 50K and maybe in a month or two get Razer 6950 HD Twin Frozr III OC.
I have a doubt, earlier I planned that I would get 2nd GPU in another 6-7 Months and go with CrossFire. But for that I would need a 750W PSU minimum for around 7-7.5K and due to budget contraints I would be getting MSI Z68 GD65 B3 Mobo.
Should I invest in PCI Ex 3.0 supported Mobo (to make it future proof) and drop the plan of CrossFire and hence get a 600W PSU (which will accomodate the price of better Mobo) and rather get a better GPU and wait till Games pass this GPU. Then, as my Mobo would be supporting PCI 3.0, get a new GPU maybe say 2-3 yrs later?
Sorry if I am too confusing!
One Line Question - Should I invest now in Average Mobo + Expensive PSU + 2 X Mid Range GPU (1 now & 1 later) or should I get this -
Good & Latest Mobo + Lesser Powered PSU + High range GPU (now) and later when Games get better and more resource hungry, I just need to change the GPU so no Dual GPU.
Also if I get PCI 3.0 supported Mobo, will it reverse support PCI 2.0 now without issues?
2x6950 + OC'd i7-965 with gpus fully stressed = 473W from the wall, or <425W from the PSU. If I were buying new, I'd use nothing less than 650W, but if I had a high-quality 550W, and wasn't OCing, I'd go with it.
As I said, I am getting the Rig from Scratch and was still deciding on PSU when this doubt popped.
So, are you suggesting I should go with non PCI 3.0 Mobo with CrossFirex to be futureproof or should I go with PCI 3.0 Mobo Single GPU (may be AMD 7000 Series)?