I previously asked for a gaming build help, but plans have changed. My other post was long and a boring read, I wanted to post properly this time. Sorry!
Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of December
Budget Range: 800-900 before tax, shipping, and rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1080p Gaming (BF3, Black Ops 2, Dota 2, Heroes of Newerth)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca | Canadacomputers.com | NCIX.ca
Location: Toronto, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel + Nvidia
Overclocking: Yes but not extreme
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future)
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I want to play those above-mentioned games at MAX settings. I'd like to save money where I can and don't mind waiting until holiday sales begin - I have my mind set on a gtx 660 ti, but I am open to ideas. I'd like a mobo that has no gimmicks/frills and can support SLI - I also want a PSU that can support SLI.
Why Are You Upgrading: Gaming, Ivy bridge + SSD performance upgrade
get a 7950 instead of a 660ti. Do you ever want to crossfire or sli? If not get a 550w. I know you said you want nvidia, but the 7950 is way better for just a few more bucks, or get a 7870, which trades blows with the 660ti and is way cheaper.
Sappire HD 7950, which is also very fast for $30 more and is slightly slower than GTX 670 in old games and just as fast in newer games.
All the cards I just recommended can overclock better than that GTX 660 TI you have chosen since that 660 looks like a reference cooling compared to the "aftermarket" cooling radeon cards. That 660 TI is not a good deal.
Only vanilla cards like the 660 TI, all the radeons I recommended to you perform faster than the ones in the benchmark and GTX 660 TI is slightly faster
I really thought the 660 ti outperforms its Radeon counterparts in most games; I guess all those reviews I read are outdated and the in-game settings used in many of them slightly vary.
I think the 7950 would be the best choice at the price range, although just a few days ago I saw a gtx 670 for $299 - It should handle the games I mentioned (BF3, HON, Dota 2, BOps 2) at MAX settings, right? Also, I'd like to SLI/CF one day.
Is my 1080p monitor with 60 hertz going to be fine? I'm assuming it should be.