Approximate Purchase Date: Slowly over the next few months..
Budget Range: ~1500 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, SWTOR, Diablo 3), surfing the net, movies
Parts Not Required: Monitor and power supply (Corsair 650TX) for now, keyboard, mouse, case
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and/or Amazon
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I'm currently running a Core 2 Duo E6400, GTX 260, and Windows XP (lol). I'm able to run Skyrim and SWTOR on the lowest graphics but obviously want more...and it's been quite a few years and time for a new PC. I'm looking at the following:
So my plan is to order the SSD, Windows 7, mobo, i5-2500k, and ram while using my gtx 260 and power supply to get started, then picking a 560ti and picking up another awhile down the road (along with a newer monitor and power supply to handle the two cards).
I'm set on the i5-2500k but am not set on the 560 ti(s), I've read they're pretty sweet cards for the price but am also wanting to get the most bang for the buck. I don't definitely want to SLI/Crossfire and would go with a single card if it was the better solution. I welcome all advice!
You may find that a 64gb SSD is a little small when you start adding up Windows 7 64bit and all the updates and service packs. Games also are starting to get large , 9 or 10 gb just for one game , so if you just put Windows 64bit and one game on the SSD it will be half full. If you can I would go with a 120gb SSD and if you compare the read/write speeds of the different SSD's you will see that the Corsair Force GT is just about the fastest.
I was looking at the 560 Ti 448 vs the Twin Frozr II 2gb. Wasn't sure if the higher amount of cores outweighed the loss of memory.
I was torn between the 64gb SSD and a 120gb, was thinking of using it for the OS only but will keep this in mind.
The Evga card has 1280mb of memory so the difference is less then 1gb and the additional processing cres will make up for the less ram since there are very few instences where you need more ram than that.