First I’d like to thank anybody and everybody who feels like throwing their 2 cents into this build, it is my first full build so I’m a little intimidated by the compatibility of the stuff I’m putting in.
My primary reason for asking is to see if these devices will be compatible with each other, my secondary reason is to see if anyone can give me a better choice of gear, setup, or just any general hey this is a good idea.
Approximate Purchase Date: NLT October 1, 2012
Budget Range: 1000$(+-100$) for parts shipping isn’t an issue)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (RTS, Anything by Bethesda, MMOs) @Home processing (SETI@Home, LHC@Home etc.…) School work
Are you buying a monitor: No (Using my 46” Panasonic Plasma HDTV)
Parts to Upgrade: Full build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (is not factored into the 1000$)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: It’s looking like amazon will give me the best deal (Newegg is a viable option)
Location: Columbus Ohio
Parts Preferences: Intel (unless someone can give me a better reason to go with AMD)
Overclocking: Maybe (once liquid cooler is applied)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution: 1900x1080
Additional Comments: Stealth case, doesn’t need to be flashy. I would like it to be easy to swap out upgrades in the future. I’m also willing to take any and all suggestions for changes, additions, alternate ideas, please include valid argument as to why you believe said change will be beneficial.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: No computer now and building can get me a better rig for way less than buying prebuilt from retailer
If you can afford it, upgrade the CPU and mobo to ivy bridge. (i5 3570k w/ Asrock z77 extreme4 would be a great option).
At 1920x1080 res gaming, there's no need for SLI or Crossfire. At your budget, you can easily afford a single, powerful card. The gtx 670 will handle any game you throw at it on ultra settings.
8gb of RAM is more than enough for your tasks. I also wouldn't bother with a SSD at your budget. I'd recommend putting as much money as you can towards the CPU and GPU. A SSD only decreases load times in applications by a few seconds. It has no effect on FPS in games.