Hi, I'm trying to build a high-end gaming computer for as cheap as possible. At the moment I've built a very good gaming rig for 1300 EURO (think thats around 1100£ and about 1500-1600 $)
I'll try give as much info seeing as no one really has to answer this and it probably gets pretty annoying asking for more info from a poster with a lack of it.
Note1:Games will be high end, max graphics is possible (bf3, crysis2, Starcraft2) I will probably just reduce AA because I plan on using ATI
Note2:SINGLE monitor, probably around 1280x800 resolution @ 22-24" monitor.
Note3: I'm starting a youtube channel, hence the need for 2 HDDS so that Fraps dosn't completely destroy my fps (also need to count this in as a performance hit for the build)
Note4: I'm not sure if the liquid cooling will actualy fit into the antec900 so please if anyone knows, share please.
I would stick with an air cooler on the processor, unless you do some very heavy over clocking(like about 5g) the CM Hyper 212 evo would keep it plenty cool enough, and only costs about 45 bucks from newegg(not sure what it would cost you, I'm assuming about a third of what the h80 costs).
You could also trade the 6970 for a 2g gtx 570, which would use a bit more power, but also has the benefit of PhysX, and if you can get EVGA where you are, the lifetime warranty version should be about the same price as the card you have, and also would fall under the step up program, which means you could trade it in and get the new 6 series if they are released in the next 3 months.
Well seeing as this is a 2500k I doubt going to 5Ghz is safe is it? + I do alot of rendering and such so my cpu would be under 100% load quite often so the h80 might be handy to keep my temps pretty low. it only costs like 80 euro i think which is like 100$. (newegg is out of the question btw, they dont ship to here)
I was thinking of getting a 5970 because that card absolutely dominates everything up to gtx590 but it seems to be out of stock everywhere.
And also, this particular overclocked 6970 is more powerful then the gtx 580 reference card btw, so its better then a 570. It just lacks behind on AA but AA is not important at higher resolutions so I'd just have that off completely and it would dominate a 570.
as for an overclocked 570:
MSI GeForce N570GTX TF III PE/OC - 1.28GB - PCI-E (339 euro, only 26 euro less)
ASUS GeForce ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS- 1.25GB -PCI-E (326 euro, 29 euro less)
I'm not quite sure how these compare to the lightning 6970 though + the 750mb less gddr5.