I have been researching parts for my very first gaming build for some months now so even though it is my very first build I'd like to think I am not totally illiterate when it comes to Components and the like.
Below is the form you have to fill out, any suggestions are welcomed with open arms and if I need anything (at all) please let me know.
Approximate Purchase Date: The first week of January (hopefully gonna hit some sales)
Budget Range: £1250 (although if necessary I could propably stretch to £1300)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, General Surfing of the web.
Parts Not Required: Absolutely everyting is needed due to this being my very first build (even Hard Drive although it is very painful right now...)
Preferred Website for Parts: www.ebuyer.com (preferably all from the same site)
Country: United Kingdom
Parts Preferences: I'd prefer intel and Nvidia although they are not totally necessary
Overclocking: Yes (probably not straight away but definetely in the future)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (again not straight away but in the future)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I would like it to run most of the latest DX11 titles at High settings obviously I cannot hope for ultra on every single one, I would also like a Headset also. Also, to those americans out there don't be afraid to offer up any opinions just because I am British .
GPU - I would save cash by forgetting about SLI go for the 448 version of the GTX 560Ti. Reason being that you are playing on 1 monitor, by the time a GTX 560Ti can't play games well on a single monitor it won't be worth SLI'ing them.
I was just wondering about the graphics card. Would it be better to go with a 6950? I don't really like going with a limited edition graphics card that may not be around for future SLI. If I were to go with 6950 I would probably go with 2GB VRAM but which model would you recommend?
Just edited the build, I have put in the 6950 2Gb because I would atleast like the option to crossfire however I forgot to mention that I will only be playing MMOs and RPGs on the PC as I think most FPS titles should be played on console (just my opinion). So that narrows down the games that I need to run at high settings, I don't know whether that changes anything though.
I would seriously forget the idea of SLI/Crossfire, just look at the pros and cons:
- Often (not always) good price/performance
- Can connect more displays
- Consumes a lot more power
- Gives off a lot more heat
- Is much noisier than a single card
- Not all games support dual cards
- Not worth it for upgrading because by the time the single card isn't good enough to play games it won't be a good idea to get another one. Notice how noone recommends 8800GTX SLI or GTX 260 SLI etc.
- Requires a more expensive motherboard, power supply and case. (This is why it's not always better value than a good single card.)
SLI and crossfire are only really worth it for people with ultra high resolutions who need more horsepower than you can get out of any single card in my opinion. For your build I think it would actually make it worse because you wouldn't notice the difference in performance since you could max anything on a ~£200 card anyway and it would make the build noisy and power hungry.