Just looking for some feedback to confirm I'm not missing something obvious here as I'm far from up-to-date on the more minute details of the current crop of mobos/GPUs etc. I'm in desperate need of an upgrade and am looking to do a a new system that can play anything out there (Skyrim, D3, the usual culprits) at max settings while remaining relevant for a couple of years before I have to think about upgrading. I am a little flexible on the budget if there is an obvious upgrade I should incorporate that would bring a significant boost, otherwise I'm looking for good values rather than total top-of-the-line stuff. I'm looking at newegg and amazon (I have prime so this works great), but will shop anywhere and I live 10 mins from a microcenter.
Here's what I have to start with:
CPU: i5 2500k from Microcenter for $180. I'm not sure what hyperthreading is, so I probably don't need it. The 2500k seems to give me all the power I need.
The Ti-448 is so close to the 570 that a 570 isn't worth it. The downside is that the Ti-448 is a crippled 570 (448 cores instead of 512 cores). Apparently, nVidia held back 570's that failed testing and when they had enough -448's, sold them. If you are going to SLI, you might want to consider buying two now. They may be be available later.
PSU - For one video card, a good 650 watt PSU will be more than adequate. A 750 will be very marginal for two video cards. If you are certain that you are going to SLI, you may as well get an 850 watt PSU now. If you do go SLI, you will not need a modular PSU. You will not have many unused cables.
Optical drive - If your old one has an IDE interface, you will need a new drive. The motherboard has only SATA drive connectors.
And you're saying the 560 TI's are essentially limited release so either grab an extra one now or forever hold my peace? In that case I may just pay the extra bump and get a 570. I imagine one will hold me for quite some time. I was only thinking of doing SLI a little ways down the line when prices have plummeted.
That leads me to another question: is there a noticeable difference for gaming between a 1gb and 2gb GPU?
My old optical is sata so I should be OK there. I do have a few old IDE drives that I'd like to pull some info off of if it's possible, though. Are you aware of any good modern boards that have even 1 IDE slot?