System Usage: Gaming on 2 monitors GW2, mmos (ie wow, rift, daoc, and an old favorite Asheron's Call which i would like to run 4 accts at the same time). Only expecting great graphics when playing one game with one monitor.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg or tigerdirect.com as total price seems lower there or any place reputable online
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: capable
theory of build: my 1st gaming computer build. thought is i can use system w/out OC anything. 1yr down the road or as budget permits, then i can slowly upgrade it into something that will last 3-4 years hopefully. Start with a 2nd gpu crossfired, OC cpu to 4.2ghz, and hope it feels like a new computer at that point.
i5-3570k because it is ivy bridge, can be OC, and read that multi-threading does not matter for just gaming (difference of a couple fps). PSU chosen for when i crossfire--praying 850 is enough. HD 7850 chosen as it is new tech and reported to have better future proofing vs price/performance comparable nvidia cards. Did not spend money on a hdd as i have a laptop for everything else.
memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
ssd: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III
Case: Would like to keep this under $100. I would like it to look awesome without costing awesome.
PLEASE offer your wisdom, insight, knowledge, and criticism on how i might do better than above build. Adding a few, very few $$$ to a worthy upgrade is greatly accepted. If something above is not compatible please let me know.
ps. I have spent 2 weeks researching and this is what i came up with based on budget. this site has by far the VERY BEST knowledge base and expertise.
Not really, thats pretty good. Usually i go for the best i can get now (unless it very high end) and upgrade when it cant handle what i do anymore to my satisfatction. Id say that should do fine though. Its just what i prefer to do. Some people have a different target in mind though.