Hey guys i've been browsing about here and there on and off over the last month planning a PC build. I'm no rookie to the world of PC hardware and gaming, though technically this will be my first build from the ground up and my last desktop PC was from a time where there were no multiple cores in a CPU.
I've been getting by pretty well the last couple of years with a very expensive ASUS gaming laptop, though it's starting to show a little age with recent titles and i'm not finding myself on the road as much now as the last few years. It spends most of it's time hdmi'ed to the television.
I'm planning to build something around a GTX 690 with at least the option to throw in another at some point down the line depending on how things go.
I've literally spent probably 12 hours total since i started putting the idea together scouring forums and brushing up on the current deal with CPU's and Motherboards, and frankly i'm still going in circles on making a decision. Either the forum go'ers immediately talk the OP out of the 690 on the basis of it's cost and that it's overkill at the moment. Or it turns into a seemingly endless debate on whether they go with sandy or ivy bridge. Not to mention most likely because of the cost, not a hell of a lot of people out there are putting these together yet.
I'm trying to keep the build under $3000 AUS (which is harder than it sounds given all components are marked up 30% ish)
At a glance the price breakdown is roughly as follows.
- GPU = GTX 690 - $1300
- Processor = Intel Processor pending on motherboard decision (3820 or 3770k) - $220 - $320
- Cooler = $80
- Case = Corsair Obsidian 800D full tower - $320
- Ram = Whatevs 16gb - $100 ish
- Storage = Whatevs 256 gb ssd - $200ish
- Storage 2 = 1tb WD - $75
- PSU - Whatevs 850w - 1000w = $250ish
- Optical Drive/ Windows etc = $150
And God the shipping will probably be another few 100
So with the motherboard excluded i'm floating somewhere around 2700 ish putting it at the tipping point. The only motherboard i can confirm as a seemingly sure fire hit is the Asus Rampage 4 Extreme (or the RIVE) which is about the 2nd most expensive there is at $510 dollars - with most of the seemingly serviceable motherboards floating around $200 - $350.
It's worth noticing i'm not enticed by the flashy presentation and colours, i'm not dragging this thing anywhere to show off with it. The case is also pricey, but it's the only one i can find that doesn't look like Optimus Prime threw up a Storm Trooper.
I'm happy to spend the extra on a motherboard that is somewhat future proof - i mean i'm already going all out on the card, the main thing is that it will support a second 690 both in a x16 slot, which seems to be a bit hit and miss. I can regurgitate some of what i've picked up in the forums as far as the advantage of x79 vs z77 but frankly if you read this far without clicking back you probably already have an idea. I'm leaning towards x79 so far off what i have read. Any ideas?
I recognise as well this probably isn't the best place on the web to post on this topic, but meh, these are the forums i like. Hopefully at least one or two of you out there might have something valuable to pass on to me? At this point i just want to get this stuff in the mail and start rocking the fuck out.
If i can't work it out soon i'm just going to end up choosing the RIVE and hoping the fact i paid a little more will give me peace of mind on future issues.You can understand with the investment in the graphics card alone i'm being kind of pedantic with the motherboard choice.