Looking to build something in the $500 (maybe $100-$200 more) range for Skyrim and Chivalry (don't know too many other PC games I like as I'm just getting into it right now). May use it for bitcoins, so a motherboard with multiple PCI slots would be nice so I can run multiple video cards. What do you guys suggest/use? This is what I have so far, but I'd really like to cut down on price without losing too much performance if I can.
Intel Build (The i5 is $200, not $169 as there is no microcenter near me)
Neither one of these rigs will need 750W unless you plan to Crossfire. In that case, its a good idea. I personally like the first one, but I would go with a different processor unless you plan to overclock.
I guess I'm a little confused. How is the 3470 better than the 3570k even without overclocking?
Also, are there any boards that are cheaper than that one that won't affect my performance too much? I'm looking to crossfire but I think a 2.0 PCI slot will do fine, instead of two 3.0 slots. I'd be getting the second GPU from a friend and I'm fairly certain it's a 2.0.
This is what I've updated to (again, i5 is $200, not $169):
The thing that makes the i5 superior is the architecture of the core, not the core clock. The 3470 is by no means better, but it suits your needs better. Having a 3570K on a B75 board is like having a turbo for your car strapped to the passenger seat.
Also, you can only Crossfire cards of the same series. Like the 7870 can only be Crossfired with a 7870 or 7850.
Ah, I think I get it now. Say if I were to upgrade to that Z77 board, I'd be able to crossfire two 7850/7870 cards but also NOT have turbo strapped to my proverbial passenger seat. Would crossfiring two cards on one 2.0 and one 3.0 be TERRIBLE, or just not as efficient?
I am thinking that that board runs at x16/x4 speed, which is not the best speed to have cards running at. It would work, but not be optimal. You want a board that is x8/x8 at least if you are running Crossfire.