Hey guys! Well...it's getting to be that time again . This will be my second build and I'm quite excited about it. I haven't started ordering just yet as I wanted to bounce some ideas off of you guys here at Tom's Hardware and my good buddies over at AVS.
So Far I'm not 100% sure on the case but maybe wanted to do a little something different....
1200W is WAY too much. Even 2x SLI won't use that much. 850W is good, and has a good amount of headroom. 2600K makes no difference in gaming. Most games are GPU-limited. Having a better GPU is more important than a good CPU. Get the 3570K/2500K. 690 does not have any stuttering issues. 8GB of RAM is enough. Most games at most, even at highest details, only use 2GB max. Though, if you're running a multi-monitor setup and you want to play BF3 at Ultra, then it uses a lot more than 2GB. But normally, at 1080p, no game uses over 2GB. By the time games use 8GB, you'll be overdue for an upgrade anyway.
Just want to throw out there that if you're going for about 4.4GHz then you will be fine with 3570K and the H100. I can get 4.4 with an Evo with all voltages at auto. Also, a 4.4 IB is roughly 4.8 SB, depending on the application. Plus, if they ever make VirtuMVP useful the 4000HD will be more beneficial.
Yeah man...I think I'm either going to end up keeping my old 2500k or getting a 3750k. I'm also considering keeping my GTX 580's (3Gb) that are in SLI and throwing them on some blocks. Although it'd be nice to go with a new graphics card I just don't know if I can justify the cost compared to the performance increase. Right now with these two 580's I can get a silky smooth 60fps in all my games including Crysis 2 & BF3 on Ultra settings (using V-Sync or the fps would be higher) - and that's including the DX11 & high res. texture patch on Crysis 2.
It's going to take me another week or two to get everything else picked out...I've been so busy with other stuff...but am really looking forward to getting this built underway. It'll be my first WC'd system.