Planning to build my first ever Desktop PC on a $1500 budget.
I've heard that you could overclock an HD 6950 to a 6970 to noticeably improve my gaming experience.
Does anyone know which brand would be the best to do this?
I was also considering a nVidia card but I've read that the 6950 would be the best value for its price especially if I can flash to 6970.
Approximate Purchase Date: Computer to be running by January 2012.
Budget Range: ~$1500 (would consider $2000 if a rig is available that would fit all of my needs).
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1) Programming, Web Surfing, Using Office products
2) Gaming: Skyrim (Max), League of Legends (Max), Modern Warfare 3 (Max), Battlefield 3 (Best possible).
3) Watching Movies.
Parts Not Required: OS, speakers, mouse, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebay.ca, ncix.com, canadacomputers.com, canadacomputers.com, tigerdirect.ca.
Parts Preferences: Good Quality – low maintenance – good cooling – parts that will last - and are quiet.
Overclocking: Maybe – in 5 or so years.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 – Planning to purchase higher resolution monitor next year or during boxing day.
Additional Comments: I prefer a PC that will have components that would last. I’d also like a pc that is quiet, and won’t burn me when I touch it.
I plan to use this PC for the next 10 years (upgrading along the way whenever necessary).