I'm hoping you guys can help me out a bit.
Basically, I have no idea about Graphics Cards and which I should get.
This is my first ever system build, and I thought I'd been doing ok up until this point. The build doesn't need to be the biggest and bestest thing ever, but I wanted to at least be able to play a few games at decent settings. I'm specifically looking forward to Diablo 3 and the new Sins of a Solar Empire release, and although neither of these will require very high specs, I'd like to future proof myself a little.
Now all that's really left is a Graphics Card, which is where I come unstuck. I only want to spend an absolute max of about $200 (AUD) but it would be really great if we could bring it back to about $150. I don't really care whether it's Radeon or GeForce, but I would like it to be SLI or CrossFireX capable in case I ever plan on going for more grunt.
This was actually one of the cards that I looked at while just browsing around, but like I said, I have no idea which cards are good bad or indifferent. I guess is good to know that I can at least guess accurately.
Would still love to get more opinions on this though (no offence) as it's always good to keep my options open.
I noticed that with the 900W PSU being cheaper than the 750W. I put it down to stock availability, but I might be wrong. That's one of the things that's been confusing me.
In any case, I know Centre Com is a reputable reseller and there's one just down the street which is why I've been looking there. I'm open to looking at other sites too though, provided they ship to (or better yet, are located in) Australia.
I would recommend spending the extra $10 to get the 2500k, even though you say you have no plans to overclock you may want to in the future, because it would also be 'future-proofing', also unless you need a 2tb hard drive for a lot of videos or a massive amount of games, i would recommend getting this 1TB drive: http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/wd10earx-western-di... its only $80, and since that frees up another $100 which i would recommend spending on a 64gb ssd, which is really awesome to have as a boot drive, i dont know where else you could find one for that much in Australia though, as on the site you are using the only 64gb ssd they have is over $200,
but on to the graphics card now, i looked around for a while on the site you gave me, and i looked at 3 different cards: GTX 560 Ti, Radeon HD 6870, and Radeon HD 6850, i found that the 6870 on that site was price quite outrageously, with the cheapest being $200, so i dont recommend getting a 6870, at least not from that site,
Personally, I would recommend getting the 560 Ti, as it is a very good card, and when you Crossfire AMD cards the sometimes have micro-stuttering problems in games, which if it happens, would really suck, nvidias cards are much better for a multi-gpu setup, if you decide to only get a 1TB drive, which i also recommend unless YOU KNOW you will need the 2TB, then you should definitely go for the 560 ti, because out of the two, it is a significantly better deal, if you have any other sites you could get a card from i would like to know them
Thanks for your suggestions. I've actually already purchased the CPU and I've got my heart set on the Storm Enforcer.
For the sake of $4 I guess I might as well go for the Z77 Extreme4, but the Extreme6 is out of my price range for a MoBo.
On the PSU, the Corsair 650W is no cheaper than the Antec 900W at Center Com, and both are respected brands in that field, so I see no reason to go smaller. Call it future-proofing.
@ mocchan, aicom & matter37:
Thanks to you guys too. The 7770 and 6850 are certainly closer to my price range. I don't really think I can justify a 6870 or 560Ti.
I know that there's only a small price difference for the 2500K, but I honestly won't utilise it. I have absolutely no plans to OC, and that won't change. I'm just not that focused on gaming that it's required. Also, the 2500 is already on its way. Thanks for your input though.