Approximate Purchase Date: ordering today or very soon
Budget Range: $1000. cheaper would be nice but probably go over to get it right
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multi-tasking with office software, web browsing, media all at once > gaming (with ability for eyefinity) > video editing and media
buying a monitor: I have 2 samsung t260hd monitors already and about to add a third off craigslist (seperate from cost of system)
OS: Have windows 7 ready to install already, probably get 8 eventually
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg > ebay > tigerdirect etc
Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel CPU other than that open
Overclocking: Doubtful, maybe eventually
SLI or Crossfire: Most likely down the road
Your Monitor Resolution: 3 monitors at 1920x1200 (have dvi and hdmi inputs, NO displayport so thinking sapphire flex is best option?)
Additional Comments: like to run most any modern games on ultra settings with at least one monitor, ability to run eyefinity on decent to high settings. looking forward to assasins creed 3, i like first person shooters and racing games. I'm not into the mmorpg
Why Are You Upgrading: my 8 year old HP has reached the limit of its upgradability and i need more speed for both work and play. i tend to have a ton of stuff running at once for getting work done. also switching from console gaming to pc
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146086
MoBo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: I5 3570k
GPU: Sapphire Flex Radeon HD 7950 3GB gddr5 OC with boost edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814202007
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139010
Hard Drive: either a 64 or 128 gb ssd whatever i can get a good deal on, saw a 128 kingston on sale for like 80 at office store... i have a netgear readynas with 1tb i use for mass storage for whole home/office so dont need much space just os, office, video editing and games
Optical: Havent decided have some exernal drives laying around so not critical may pick up an internal bluray eventually
RAM: Leaning towards 16GB (2x8) g.skill ripjaw x series ddr3 240 pin but havent decided http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] top-Memory
puts me right around $1100 total after rebates shipping etc
this is my first ground up build on a gaming/all around desktop but i am pretty tech savvy. i have spent every waking moment the last week reading reviews on this site and this is what i came up with. this will probably have to last me 5 years wife before i can get wifes approval again!
My main questions:
Just like to hear some general thoughts, opinions?
Is everything good compatibility wise?
Should I invest more or save some money somewhere? is anything overkill? anything going to be the weak link?
am i leaving myself ability to upgrade, specifically crossfire someday if i need it?
will stock cooling be sufficient or should i upgrade?
is this video card a solid choice for triple monitors with gaming? like ability of flex card to use all dvi with eyefinity without active displayport or other adapters. seems like only option really or i could get flex hd 7870
will psu handle another hd 7950 someday if i need it?
what speed memory should i pick?... read that theres not much benefit once you get up to like 1866 or 2133, but cost goes up quick
The Z77 Extreme4 comes with all the RAM you need (8GB) free when you buy it at Newegg.
I'd be looking at a 7970 if doing 5760x1080.
I'd only really recommend the OCZ Vertex 4 or Samsung 830. Sandforce based drives have too many caveats like only if you use compressible data. They become a lot slower if you hit them with movie files etc.
EDIT: PSU will handle another 7950, and would probably handle 2x7970 as well. DDR3-1600 CL9 is the best you need. FleX looks good and GCN does especially well on high-res/multi-monitor setups.
Sorry didnt mean to double post, didnt get any responses so thought it didnt post, i was looking in wrong spot, but now i realize it did. new member, moment of stupidity.
going to take advice and get the extreme4 with the 8gb ram free, and also go with the vertex 4 ssd.
i'm still torn on video card. sapphire flex 7950 seemed like best option because of simplicity for running all monitors via dvi or hdmi. from what i can tell there is no 7970 that wouldnt require a displayport adapter. i see the 670 gtx can run 2x dvi 1x hdmi too, and saving money on ram i could go that nvidia route. or i suppose if the flex 7950 cant run 3 monitors effectively i can always crossfire someday