Been a long time since I've updated my computers, been using Macs lately for what I do. Anyways looking to build a new gaming rig from scratch. The budget will be about $1000, and that includes a new monitor and OS.
So lets get started.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Early February
Budget Range: $1000ish (pre rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some programming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) New machine, need all parts from scratch
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Only preference is to try to keep shipping low, no specific loyalties to a site.
Location: Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel CPUs, no preference aside from that.
Overclocking: More than likely
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, need to look more into it
Your Monitor Resolution: Ideally want a min res of 1900x1080
Additional Comments: Will want to run Crysis 3 at a respectable setting. Only other game currently spending time on is GW2.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't had a dedicated gaming rig in years. Its time to get one.
Thanks again for the time anyone puts into replies.
This will give you some ideas - small footprint, emphasis on gaming, super-speed and reliability with that SSD (worth every penny, and you can add a hard drive later if you need more storage), and it should run Crysis 3 on Ultra at about 40fps @1080p. Depending on how demanding the game ends up being. It will run Crysis 2 on Ultra at 60fps @1080p, no problem.
I would get everything from Newegg, but that's just me - they have amazing service, lots of items with free shipping, and the items usually ship faster than you expect.
You will have a much better experience with a single GPU. A better high-end card is usually better than 2 cards of lower performance. Usually, when it is time to upgrade, there are two options. One, buy another GPU and SLI/CrossFire or sell your older card to help with the cost of the newer card. I usually suggest the latter of the two.
One big concern with SLI\CrossFire is microstutter and I can vouch for this. Here is my example. I have two 560 ti's in SLI and while I was waiting for the second card, I played Diablo III smooth as butter. I put the second card in, and voila, there was some microstutter.