Approximate Purchase Date: before the end of April
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800): $750-$900 after rebates,
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (all other computer usage will be browser-based)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speaker, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter
Country: (e.g.: India) United States
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900 (I know, not a gaming monitor. I could upgrade this in the future, but not in the meanwhile. But I wouldn't need a graphics card that's value comes from being paired with displays better than this)
Comments on this build:
- I would like to play current games on high settings (i.e. Mass Effect, Skyrim, The Witcher 2, BF3) while keeping myself future-proof for another 2-3 years. I heard The Witcher 2 is a beast, so I could deal with medium for that
- How is my PSU? The low price makes me nervous that I'm not getting quality.
Finally: Is everything I've included here compatible? Making sure I have the right interfaces, cables, etc. is one area of this process where I still feel a little lost.
- I can jump up to the GTX 560 TI for another $50. Is it worth it?
I agree with this, if the budget is $900 I'd go with a Radeon 7850.
I'd also ditch the SSD - 60GB as your primary storage will go quickly and then you'll regret not having extra space. Get a 500GB mechanical drive for the same price. Sure they're slower but you'll have far more space. You can always add an SSD later.
Well what if the budget was $850? My budget coming in was 750-900.. but now that I created this one build and see what I can achieve with that, I'm only interested in going up by no more than $50-$60
the main GPU question I had was 560 non-ti vs. 560 TI
and is 650W overkill?
No - 650W is about right - it will handle what you need and have room for SLI or Crossfire should the need arise. The TI versions are always better as those are based on non-reference designs and are usually factory overclocked.