Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Budget Range: about $1,300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, internet, etc.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, and power supply (850w Thermaltake ToughPower)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel, Cooler Master, etc.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1360x768
Additional Comments: I am making a new build and would like some advice. Any input/comments on the devices I've chosen is appreciated. Wanna know if this is a solid build that will be able to handle the higher setting on games such as Skyrim, BF3, etc. Mostly just looking for incompatibility issues that I may have overlooked. Giving full descriptions so they can be easily found on newegg. Sorry if they're long.
Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
MOBO - ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Would you consider getting better monitor?
At your resolution HD6850 will max out about everything.
I would downgrade on a mobo to Asus P8z68-v pro/gen 3
also get 2500k as there is no difference in gaming
swap cooler for CM 612 PWM
and get a bigger (120 Gb) SSD
and I would wait for HDDs to drop in price and just use SSD for now.
now that HDDs manufacturers cutting on warranty too
I'd like a better monitor, but because of space complications here I'm dual using my TV as a monitor.
The HD6850 looks good. I've seen it mentioned in many other threads. My only concern is that it will be obsolete within a year. I know that the 560 ti may also be, but it seemed like a safer choice. I tend to rebuild about every 3 to 4 years. Would this make me for at least 2 years. I don't mind upgrading as long as its only 1 or 2 parts every couple years.
The mobo was actually the hardest thing for me to find. I want a reliable one and it seems like many if not all are having issues now whether it be load up issues, not recognizing parts, etc. Have you ever personally used this one?
What exactly is the difference between the 2600k and the 2500k?
Is there a paticular reason behind switching to the CM 612 PWM?
I was definitely thinking of just using one SSD. I have my current hard drive and I know that will suffice for major backup.
Sorry for all the questions, trying to cover a lot of bases at once.
cm 612 being better cooler and quieter
also check out fractal design arc midi and define r3 cases
then go for HD 6870 and then crossfire them
otherwise I'd go with either HD6950 or gtx 560 ti 448
I have not personally used that mobo but downgrading to pro version will not impact on performance
- Do not go for 2600k, stick with 2500k. In your usage doesn't make any difference.
- If possible wait couple weeks, I think AMD 7000 series will be out! So you could get the newer series, or the old one cheaper (or even some discounted nvidia ones).
- Downgrade your mobo, there's no necessity in using P8Z68 Deluxe.
- Spend all the money you saved in a better single VGA. This will avoid heat, noise, configuration, scalability problems. (SLI/Crossfire)
It's 150 dollars cheaper than your previous selection. And getting the 2500k saves your another 100 dollars. It's enough to upgrade your GTX 560 Ti to a GTX 580. And be covered in case you use a Full HD in the future or to make it last for 4 years in this resolution.
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - - Same
Way more than enough for your resolution ....adding a second when ya get new monitor will give ya 40% more fps than a 580, and no, there is no microstuttering. They get 862 fps outta the box in Guru3D game test suite, two factory OC'd 6950's get 759 fps, two 6970's 825 fps, two 570's 873 fps....all of which cost more.
What exactly are the benefits of SLI/Crossfire. I know it shares the workload but is there THAT big of a difference?
One factory OC'd 6950 goes from 484 fps as single card to 759 in CF
One factory OC'd 560 (900Mhz) goes from 495 fps as single card to 862 in SLI
One 6970 goes from 526 fps as single card to 825 in CF
One 570 goes from 524 fps as single card to 873 in CF
One 580 goes from 616 fps as single card to 953 in CF
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI: