System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and movie watching.
Parts Not Required: A desk and chair... I got nothin'.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or any reliable site.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU and nVidia GPU
Overclocking: Maybe/ in the future
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920 and above.
Additional Comments: I want to slowly add and make this better over the school year because I will have 2 jobs over the school year and none in the summer. By this I mean add a second GPU and other upgrades. This explains why the case is overkill for the time being.
The only questions I have is about the PSU, CPU, and GPU.
For the PSU I was wondering if it is enough for future upgrades. Should I worry about it now or just wait until the time comes?
For the CPU, is it a good idea to get a overkill CPU for gaming in order to help 'safeguard' it against the future, or should I just get a cheaper CPU like an i5 and upgrade it when the time comes?
Lastly, I am stuck on getting the 680 and a second one when I save up enough or should I help cut the price and get the cheaper 670?
Any advice you guys could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Well the CPU is technically overkill but you need to think about scaling in the future. As long as you have the clocks to keep up with the game, the GPU is the one working hard, not the CPU. BUT if you are planning SLI, you need more horsepower to "feed" the GPUs so plan ahead. Hyperthreading is the major difference between i5s and i7s and it holds no value for games however the i7s are usually the highest clocked AND the best binned chips that overclock the best so it may be worth it depending on how far you want to take it.
I have two GTX 680's in my system and my last one that I recently sold had two 560ti's. One major difference between the two builds was power. I used a Cooler Master 700W non 80plus PSU that just wasnt able to keep up with the 560tis. Any kind of overclocking and I had to tiptoe around power consumption or my system would hard crash. Basically, decide NOW how much power you will ever need because running out when you've already bought the card is no fun.
I use a 1200W Platimax and I don't have to worry now. I everything spread across the rails and I can push 1.5V CPU and 1.09V overvolts with no worries.
I don't like the X77 platform for what you're intending. It has too many drawbacks to a user planning on upgrading. Go X79. You get a lot more PCIe lanes so you can stack video cards as you need more power and you can overclock the chips a lot harder. If you're looking to spend 1500 right now AND upgrade you really need to look into the enthusiast side of Intel.