I am looking to build a new computer, my main focus is gaming with some graphic work on the side. My goal for the computer is for it to run anything out now and for a while hopefully and be open for easy upgrade in the future. My budget is $2000.00, so when I saw the June 2012 System Builder Marathon $2000.00 pc I figured I would just build that.
My first change to that build was to switch the graphics card out for a EVGA 680, had good customer experience with them before when helping a friend sort out a bad card. I am planning down the road to be able to stick a second one in and sli them.
So now I have a build that I know will work well, perform as I want. My only worry is that reading through the system build it talks about not being able to fit a second video card because of the size restraints of the case and motherboard. So what I think needs to happen on this build is a revaluation of the case and maybe the motherboard. If a new case would solve the problem without needing to change the motherboard that would be awesome. The following two links are two cases I have been looking at as alternatives for the Antec 900.
I kept seeing the name of this case mentioned in comments and forum posts, seems to get good reviews. Not sold on a front plate but looks good and has a nice I/O placement.
I like the accessibility of this case, the hot swap sata on top and again convenient I/O. Cant stress an I/O on top enough, my current 8 year old pc has them as low as possible, pain to plug usb in when I cant see the plug.
My problem basically boils down to space, if I need more than the antec 900 provides or how do you even know before you have parts in hand that these pieces will fit? I see tons of details on connection type and speed but never the measurements like the height of ram. Any response is greatly appreciated, I know most of these questions are probably newbie problems but as I stated in an earlier post I know just enough to over think what I am trying to do and screw it up.
EDIT: Just wanted to add is the third picture down on this page that worries me, dosn't look like enough room for a second gpu in there.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Trying to get it all from newegg
Parts Preferences: Like evga, and nvidia in general
SLI or Crossfire: Hoping to in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Adding this after reading the stickied forum post.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old machine is just that, old. Its been a long time since I saw anything above low or stuttering medium settings and I look forward to stepping into skyrim ultra at 60+ fps.
Well, since you're only doing some graphics work, implying as a hobby, you don't really need the i5. The GTX 670 is currently one of the kings in price/performance. For a 5-7% increase, it isn't worth $100.
Would I want an i7 if I planned to do commercial graphics work? I used to work alot in photoshop and illustrator and was planning on replacing my old wacom tablet and learning 3d model design programs and getting back into small graphic design work.