Thanks for the original recommendations (first 2-3 replies) - I have decided to go with the i5 to upgrade the 570 to a 580. I also went with an i5 and Z68 combo that provides a relatively cheap mid tower and hopefully a sufficient 650W PSU.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 days
Budget Range: $1100-$1400 range, lower preferred
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: I have a 36 inch LED TV with fast refresh rate that I'm hoping to use
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none
Parts Preferences: NVidia, Intel, Non-ASUS
SLI or Crossfire: Only if it's more economical on first purchase (I do not plan on upgrading)
Monitor Resolution: Unknown
Additional Comments: I only plan on using this for another year as I will be leaving the country. I do not plan on upgrading.
I found a combo deal that includes the processor and RAM that I want with a cheap case. I'm just wondering if the PSU and mobo is worthwhile.
I am building a PC for the first time and specifically to play BF3 and SWTOR at high settings. I will only be using this computer for 1 year and have no plans to upgrade to SLI in the future. My main concern is with the compatibility of the PSU, cooling system and whether or not I can save money by downgrading in these areas. Also, any case recommendations?
I chose the following combo deal that includes the processor (i5) and RAM that I want with a cheap case. I'm just wondering if the PSU and mobo is worthwhile
Thanks for the replies so far. I have significantly changed my build by discovering a combo. I have opted for the i5 and reallocated those funds to upgrade to a GTX 580. The combo also includes a 650W PSU and a Z68 Mobo.
I am currently debating between two paths for GPU:
Either spend $500 on GTX 580 or spend $300 on 6970 and wait to see if I want to upgrade to another 6970 with CF. I prefer nvidia and Id prefer to avoid CF if it's going to be additional hassle, but the benchmarks ive seen place the 6970 close to the 580 (for $200 less) and far beyond with the CF ($100 more).
If I decide to 6970x2 CF what PSU wattage should I go with?