So many decisions. As always, my hardest choice is the GPU and I generally change my mind 10 times or so before I actually build. Originally, I was deciding on going the cheaper route and decided on a 6870. However, after doing more research, I fear I'm going to have problems with the newer games (with ultra/high settings, 1920x1200). So I've decided to about double my price range on my GPU and have narrowed it down to 4 options (yes, I know that's not very "narrow").
Rest of the machine:
i5 2500k (w/Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO)
ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 mobo (Probably)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8gb (1333, 7-7-7-21) or Corsair Vengeance 8gb (1600,7-8-8-24), haven't decided yet
OCZ MOdXStream Pro 700W Modular 80 PLUS (Probably)
Cooler Master HAF 932 case
Unfortunately, I'm not SURE what games I will be playing. I have an older computer now, so I haven't played many of the new games yet to know what I'm really going to get into. I'm pretty positive I will be checking out; SWTOR, Diablo3, BF3, Metro, & Skyrim at the least, so I'm looking for something that is more of a jack-of-all-trades GPU than one that is specifically better at one game, but terrible for another. Budgetting at just under $300, these are the four options I'm debating:
Not sure why exactly, but many reviewers of the 7850 have said the 560ti 2gig is a better buy. But I'm not really convinced, especially seeing as of this writing, they're about the same price as the 7850.
Or for about the same price, I can buy two 6850 1-gig's and Crossfire them.
Having a hell of a time, since I'm a numbers junkie and have tons of scores and charts filling my mind and I can't seem to find "the one".
-I'm honestly leaning toward the 7850, being that it has newer tech and supposedly runs very cool.
-The 560Ti still gets praises, even against the 7850, but not sure if that's just fan-boying.
-The 6950 I hear overclocks really well, but with it being even more than the 7850, not sure if it's the right buy
-Crossfiring the 6850s opens up a new can of worms; How will my mobo choice effect it? What about the PSU? I still hear one *better* card is usually better than two crossed *lesser* cards.
I do plan on overclocking as much as I can, but not looking to set any records with it. I hope to buy within the next month or so.
In your situation I'd get a single 6850 second hand, do a stable overclock, and use it while the 7000 cards prices come down from 6** competition, then once the prices have stabilized, get a 7850 or preferably a 7870.