I am making a new gaming PC for myself. I was wondering if I can get opinions/advice/suggestions on my build. Right now I got some parts picked out that I think would be quite nice. I have a decent amount of experience putting computers together, however not too much experience in choosing the best parts or deals. What I want out of this computer is to be able to play BF3 maxed out and have a system that would be ready for upcoming games such as BF4 and Crysis 3. I appreciate all the help. Thank you.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within three weeks
Budget Range: $1250 subtotal before rebate, promo and shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming(C, MATLAB), Surfing the web
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: N/A
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg(prefer to buy all from here); I also live near a Mircocenter and TigerDirect
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Parts Preferences: core i5 Ivy Bridge, nvidia GTX670
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: I will need to buy one, but it will be a 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I already have a mouse, keyboard, and speaker set. As far as how it looks, I am not too worried about that. However, I would like something that is somewhat quiet.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Well... my computer right now has a Pentium 4 and 8600 gts So... yeah, I need a new desktop pretty badly. I have a decent gaming laptop, but I don't see it lasting me much longer. I want to start with a nice fresh new powerful build.
In my opinion, the only people that should get dual cards are thre ones running 3 monitor setups. There is simply no need on a single monitor, you will run into too many unnecessary issues with heat, power consumption and compatibility. It might even cost more once you include the fact that you have to improve your motherboard, PSU and cooling and cope with more noise to accommodate them.
It isn't. Always better to get one single powerful GPU now then CF/SLI it later OR just get a new single powerful GPU.
Yeah I agree with this - and I've had both - single powerful GPUs, and two weaker SLI'd. I vast prefer the single powerful card like I'm using now. I will eventually crossfire it when the prices drop more.
Waiting until your card is outdated to SLI/Crossfire isnt a good idea either. Lets imagine you bought a HD 4870, still a respectable card but certainly showing its age now. If you decided to Crossfire those, you would get performance similar to the HD 6870/GTX 560. Yeah its an improvement but its not going to last long if you like ultra high settings.