I already posted this to some degree. Noscript was screwing up the layers on the forum and I didn't see the guide sticky at the top. My apologies to all for the infraction. Looking to build a new PC for Gaming. MMOs and the occasional Shooter.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime soon but i'm in no terrible rush.
Budget Range: $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Occasional Movie
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon, I'll go where the deals are.
Country: Continental US
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia, I can be easily swayed, I'm trusting your expertise on the matter after all.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I don't like cases with LEDs in them, just not my style, so I bought a Antec 300 case on sale. It was well look upon in a recent review and cheap to boot. I've done a mockup of parts online but instead of linking each one specifically i'll just post the basics and let you point me to the best choice.
560 ti(?) Nvidia(?) Graphics Card
Z68 1155 Chipset Motherboard
12/16(?) GIGS RAM (Corsair Vengance?)
120 GIG SSD
Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
-No need for 2600k in a gaming rig, 2500k gives ya hyperthreading....great for video editing, CAD, rendering.....games not multithreaded .....and at hi OC's 2600 w/ HT ....runs about 7C hotter than wo/ HT off.
-No need for 16GB in a gaiming rig....again, rendering and stuff needing HT would also like 16GB
-850 watter will handle that 2nd card in SLI, 650 handles the single card....XFX gets same 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating as Corsair TX V2 series but $10 cheaper for 650 and $35 cheaper for 850
-Cooler will get ya 4.6 - 4.7 GHz
-GFX card can be OC's to as much as 30% over reference (your mileage may vary).... two of these provide 40% more fps than single 580 and for less money....2 GB good if ya resolution 2560 x 1600 or multi monitor. http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17
-HD special I think ended last nite tho
-SSD is tier 3 (fastest) 120/128GB model ... also note if ya read about the SF reliability / BSOD issue, Sandforce bug was resolved w/ firmware update and Intel now using SF controllers on next gen SSD's. Check where other SSD's stand at link below. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...
-DvD does BR movies
For comparison purposes....... numbers form Guru3D game test suite
The factory OC'd 560 above gets 495 fps as a single card, 862 fps in SLI
The factory OC'd 6950 Twin Frozr gets 484 fps as a single card, 759 fps in CF
Two 580's = 953 fps
Two 570's = 873 fps (91.6% of 580's)
Two factory OC'd 560 Ti's = 862 fps (90.5% of 580's)
Two 6970's = 825 fps (86.6% of 580's)
Two factory OC'd 6950's = 759 fps (79.6% of 580's)
The original post had a huge error, I have a monitor, not a motherboard, my bad.
Do I really need a ram cooler? Is something like that nessecary?
And I want to be able to play mmos at max settings, seamlessly. Do I need dual cards in SLI for that? A lot of the information i've been reading has been saying that a single card often handles it, but if not i'll pick up a bigger power supply for the one day possible extra card.
The H612.... isn't a ram cooler... It's a CPU cooler, it's if you ever wanted to overclock. It's combo'd with the 2500K so you might as well get it to save some money on the cooler so you don't have to get it later on.
Dual card for MMOs aren't very effective depending on the game. The 6950 1GB would probably give you the best performance at high-res like 1920x1200, the 560 Ti is no doubt a good option too. Both are fine. Just, if you get the 560 Ti, remember to OC it otherwise it's not AS good the 6950.
^ Lol where's the link? I understand the numbers but I want to see the link before assuming those are correct numbers. I respect the 560 Ti as an option, but I want links before random numbers go off. JACK.
Obviously I'm not Jack, so I'm not linking, and I agree with you on looking for numbers... There about equal anyways, so I think its whatever you can find the best deal on. I responded wayyy to quick on that other post