After toying with the idea of building a cheap gaming desktop, then buying a gaming laptop. I'm now back to building a gaming PC.
I just would like to ask the community's advice on GFX, Chassis and PSU
This is build iv'e got so far.
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K Unlocked S1155, Sandy Bridge
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V GEN3
Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance
HDD: Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue 500GB
DVD: Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE
I'm currently torn between the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Classified or the XFX 7850 Double Dissipation Edition.
Back in the day when I used to build PC's I was an Nvidia fan boy and I am reluctant move away from them. How ever the 7850 seems the better card for the same price and lower power consumption. Also the motherboard supports Crossfire but not SLI. So in the future if I want to add another GFX card. The AMD seems the logical choice.
I'm currently looking at Corsair Enthusiast Series 650TXV2UK 650W. Will this be enough?
Looking for a MIDI chassis. I'm not looking to spend over £50 but am flexible. I don't mind using tools, and I don't really care about looks as it will be stuck under my desk most of the time. With the build I'm doing I would like room for a potentially another GFX card, and a SSD. Good airflow and cable management is essential. The quieter the better as well.
Thanks for your help in advance.
Any other suggestions on different components would greatly appreciated.
The mother board is SLI ready, the PSU is not. Either go one way or the other, a cheaper non-SLI motherboard, with a 500-550w PSU, or a SLI ready motherboard but spring for a 750-850w PSU with the intention of running multiple GPU's.
Second of all, CoolerMaster PSU's are generally avoided. Recommended brands include: Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Antec, some OCZ, some Thermaltake.
7870 is performing at a similar level to the GTX 580.....certainly much higher than the 560Ti, even the 448 core one.
I think the factory over clocking helps it out. Unfortunately I can't find a review/benchmark for a factory OC 7850 or 7870 for comparison. Because i'd happily get something like the XFX Black or the Sapphire OC and pick up the cheaper mobo.
With the mobo's though, is there much trade off with PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0?