So, I'm new here and I'm planning to get a pc which could have some degree of future-proofing. I really need help whether to get this asap or wait until intel releases ivy bridge and for NVIDIA to release kepler. This is going to be my first build and I'm planning to play all modern games and several upcoming ones on max
Approximate Purchase Date: Mid April 2012
Budget Range: $1000-$1400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web surfing, school stuff
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Getting them retail
Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, NVIDIA graphics and a compact gaming case
My advice is, for moment keep your money and wait the April , when Ivy and Kepler will hit the market and then decide what you want to buy. And buy a better monitor with 22" minimum. I tell you that because you have a pretty big budget and with your budget you can make a verry good PC.If you don't need the PC now is better to wait.
a 2500K is a no brainer today with your budget.
7950 is also good.
A quality 500w psu is all you need for a 7950. It is not wrong to go up to 650w or so.
Quality units are Seasonic, XFX, Antec, PC P&C, or Corsair.
Hard drive prices are crazy today, buy a SSD up front, planning to add a hard drive later if you need to.
60gb will hold the os and a couple of games. 120gb will hold 5-8 games.
Look first to intel 320, 510, 520 or samsung 830 for reliability.
It matters little which ssd you buy from a performance point of view. Synthetic benchmarks differ, but you would be hard pressed to tell the difference in normal usage.
For normal work, a second monitor is a great upgrade. Consider a second, larger monitor for gaming if you have the desk space.
Thanks a lot guys. Problem is, I don't think I have the space for a new monitor since my current one's attached to the wall via brackets, so it's going to be hard removing it. Another thing I forgot to put in is that I want the case to be compact enough to bring to LAN parties. I was thinking of getting a case similar to the Thermaltake Armor A30, but I'm open to suggestion if you guys find anything that's more compact
For a lan party case, look at the lian li PC-Q08.
It is positively tiny and made of aluminum. 13.60" x 8.90" x 10.70"
It will hold the longest graphics card you can buy today. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It also comes in red which is stunning,(I know, I have one) and black.
They also have a pc-200A which comes with a carrying handle, but it seems like a bit much to me.
Geofelt, is there a similar case to the lian li PC-Q08 that uses a Micro-ATX board instead of a M-ITX board? I need a mobo that is small but has the capability for SLI in the future.
Yes, there is. The V354 takes a M-ATX motherboard, but it is a bit larger. 9.65" x 13.60" x 16.54 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You should know, though, that a M-ATX motherboard will have 4 slots, and some are capable of cf/sli. By necessity, though, the two cards will have to be next to each other, giving temperature problems to the top card.
But... let me question in general the advisability of planning on sli.
a) How good do you really need to be?
A single GTX570 or 6970 can give you great performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.
A single 7970 is about as good as it gets today, and is overkill for a single monitor.
Only if you are looking at triple monitor gaming, then sli/cf will be needed.
Even that is now changing with triple monitor support on top end cards.
b) The costs for a single card are lower.
You require a less expensive motherboard; no need for sli/cf or multiple pci-e slots.
Even a ITX motherboard will do.
Your psu costs are less.
A GTX560ti needs a 450w psu, even a GTX580 only needs a 600w psu.
When you add another card to the mix, plan on adding 150-200w to your psu requirements.
Case cooling becomes more of an issue with dual cards.
That means a more expensive larger case with more and stronger fans.
You will also look at more noise.
Ah, thanks for that, I'm not really familiar with the limitations of sli and cf. I guess I'm going with this build:
CPU: Ivy Bridge equivalent of the i5 2500k
GPU: Kepler equivalent of the GTX 570
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
SSD: (Not yet; HDD prices here are still much, much lower and SSD prices crazy)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200 RPB 500GB
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series GS 600W
DVD-RW: Liteon 24X DVD RW
Case:LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini
Monitor: Samsung 20" LED
Thanks for the help. Tell me if there's a better build available.
The maximum height of cooler that you can use is limited before it impacts the psu.
You will be limited probably to a lower profile downdraft type cooler. The case cooling is so good, that it will not make a difference, particularly with a cooler running 22nm ivy bridge cpu and a 28nm kepler gpu.