Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and beginning of March.
Budget Range: 2,500-3,500. Selling old PC, will get ~300, receiving additional ~300 for the build as a belated Christmas gift, in addition to the aforementioned budget.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, digital media, ... , home theater
Parts Not Required: N/A
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.
Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel CPUs
SLI or Crossfire: Yes.
Monitor Resolution: 5760*1800
Building a PC for an immersive gaming experience. The goal is to play most games at ~60 FPS at each game's highest settings on a resolution of 5760*1080. Here is a list of a short sample of the games I currently own, play, or wish to play.
-World of Warcraft
-Mass Effect 2
-The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Above all, I want this build to run Mass Effect 3 with high FPS and maximum graphics settings. Ultra and beyond, even. Suffice it to say, I am building this PC for that game.
I do prefer nVidia GPUs, but since they are not releasing their Kepler series until after ME3 releases, I have been considering Radeon's 7970 GPUs. It looks like they may be difficult to get, though.
At first I was certain I wanted to use the i7-2600k, but now I'm curious about the i7-3930k. I am building this PC to last for at least half a decade, so I would like to be able to choose a CPU with the confidence I won't have to compromise my graphic settings for performance for the next couple of years.
Also I'm not sure about my selected mobo. I'm looking for something that will allow room to upgrade.
I have never overclocked before, but I am interested in doing so.
Regarding CPUs for gaming, I hear I would not notice much of a different between a 2600k and a 3930k. Will future games make more use of hyperthreading than they do now? I also heard that the 3930k offers PCIe 3.0 support. How soon might PCIe 3.0 be the dominant force?
What are the most important features of a motherboard that determine how well it functions?
Components so far (Assuming i7-2600k, assuming Radeon).
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
Mobo: Sabertooth P67
GPU: HD 7970 x2
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB
PSU: Corsair Gold AX1200W
HDD: 2TB Caviar Black
SDD: Crucial something-or-other
Miscellaneous parts: CD/DVD Drive, sound card, speakers, etc, etc.
You don't need a 2600k, get the 2500k. DOn't need 1866 RAM, get 1600. Crucial m4 is the best SSD around, SAmsung SSDs preform POORLY. No way you'll need 1050W, go with 900 or 1000W. No need for HAF X, 932 or 600T/650D will be fine. XFX 7970s have better cooling, which = better OCing = better eyefinity
Bear in mind that I'm keeping an eye to the future as well. Sure, a 2500k is enough for gaming, but how long until other processors become viable? Also, I'm not doing just gaming. I want to get into digital media as well, things I may need hyperthreading for, maybe?
I'm still looking for some info on how soon we'll be seeing components on a PCIe 3.0 as a standard.
Angaddev, I'm glad you've decided to be at least somewhat constructive now.
The i5 doesn't have hyperthreading. I hear that games coming out will eventually utilize it, and I'm interesting in doing more than just gaming on my computer. I'll admit, I don't know exactly which programs use hyperthreading, or to what extent, but I'm still researching it.
I really feel like if I choose an i5, I'll be limiting myself to -only- gaming.
What can you tell me about the future of hyperthreading in games and other multi-media applications?
Right now, I know only a handful of games utilize hyperthreading, and the different in the rendering isn't always noticeable, but I wonder for the future.
In the next few years as video games get more and more demanding, will hyperthreading become more necessary? If the chances are that it will, then I'll be using going with an i7 processor instead of the i5.