Approximate Purchase Date: Next 7 days
Budget Range: $1500 - $2000 Before Shipping, After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop CS6 Extended (Primarily non-3d work), High end gaming (Crysis 3 in my sights), Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Case (More function/cooling than fashion... clean designs are nice. Currently use an antec 900) , CPU, Mobo, RAM, GFX, Sound (unless onboard audio is awesome, I use a Sennheiser PC360 with an Astro Mixamp), Power Supply, HDDs, Optical (burning and playing blu-ray is not something I'm interested in).
Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Windows 7 Home Premium
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference so long as they have a decent return policy and competitive shipping
Location: Winter Garden, FL, USA
Parts Preferences: Everything I'm reading says go Intel CPU which is fine by me. I'm not positive on NVIDIA vs. ATI chipsets since Adobe now supports CUDA and OpenCL.
SLI or Crossfire: SLI/Crossfire (Maybe)
Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080 if possible)
Additional Comments: I prefer my PCs to be quiet which I why I usually augment default HSF's with big silent case fans
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old PC is over 5 years old and my graphics design work is picking up significantly. I'd also like the option of playing top of the line games on the PC again. Additionally, I'm doing quite a bit of editing in Adobe Premiere Pro for a YouTube channel. I'm looking to future proof this build as much as possible.
First, thanks for the prompt reply! I know I didn't specify, but I am somewhat interested in the Z77 chipset... primarily in offerings for Thunderbolt, etc. Would that be a wise decision or would I be hurting performance?
Ok, last question... maybe If I wanted to look into SLI (as the gaming requirement is only *slightly* behind photoshop):
Is the gtx670 SLI the way to go or is there enough performance difference to justify doing gtx680 SLI?
I'm fairly certain that regardless of which card I go to SLI with, I'd need to upgrade the PSU. What PSU would you recommend at that point?
Would I need a different motherboard, or would it be recommended, if I wanted to go SLI?
Lastly, I think I'm teetering on my decision about Overclocking... upon further review it looks like overclocking today is much simpler than it ever was on LGA775. What changes would need to be made in leiu of overclocking?
I apologize for all the add-on questions but I really didn't think the above build would come in at 1350... now I'm looking at my finances and easily justifying extra expenditures if it is worth the performance jump in gaming.
SLI isn't a requirement, I just wanted the ability to expand out in the future. Ok, then would the 680 be a big enough of a performance boost to shoot for or is the 690 really the next big thing and I should not worry about the incremental upgrade.
That case down below comes with a built in multi channel fan controller that allows you to control the fan speed along with a large 200mm side fan and an LED on/off switch. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI.