Hi all, I am looking to build a system that will be used for both gaming and high-end design / development.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: 2,000-2,300 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (online games plus streaming), interactive development (Photoshop, Flex, Flash, lots of multitasking)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, would prefer one SSD for the OS
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, though upgrading my monitor soon. I may go with a 30" at 2560 x 1600. Some flexibility here.
Additional Comments: I really want a machine that I can feel comfortable with for some time. Also, this will not only be used for gaming, but for front-end design and development. I multi-task a ton while developing and could easily be running most of Adobe's suite at once, in addition to your normal office style products.
I would also be running dual monitors on this machine. Most likely a 24" and 22" with the possibility of a 30" as the main.
Thanks much in advance for your help. It has been a while since I have built my own system, and I am just not current with hardware.
With the Asrock board...the only people that would ever think of questioning it are the Asus fanboys on here. Life must suck for them when they spend an average of $60 - $80 or even more on their Asus boards yet get zero more performance. I wonder what goes on in their head when they see the Asrock boards mopping the floor with the Asus boards review after review. I would hate life myself if I was in their shoes. Anyone that questions that board is more than welcome to post on this thread for their reasons as to not purchase that Asrock board I posted in that build. I would be more than happy to answer any questions with several links to reviews across the net.
Notice how I linked reviews to just about every component on there.
As far as the SLI now...if it's in your budget then I say go for it...why wait? But if you SLI those 680's then you want a 120Hz monitor for the refresh rate. Otherwise it's like dropping a Ferrari engine in a old beat up mini van.
That case I linked has room for extra fans. When you add that second 680 make sure your using any and all fans that can be added for maximum cooling.
Where it says supports 120mm/140mm fans...always go big...so that would be the 140mm fan option. Less noise (slower RPM) and more/better airflow. Cooler Master fans would be my choice. Cheap yet effective. Amazon and newegg have a giant selection. You will see all the fan options when you get the case.
Six 120mm/140mm fan mounts
Four 120mm fan mounts
Includes a 200mm side panel fan, two front-mounted 120mm fans, and one rear 120mm fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- LED and 120Hz refresh rate. There's a Samsung on there that goes for $380. It might be cheaper somewhere else...amazon..etc.. put that monitor in google shopping and see what comes up. But I would try to squeeze that monitor in. That way your games will be smooth as butter.