Originally Posted by TheExile
So I think I may have decided on either a 670sli or a 690 if I can get one on ebay for a decent price, but what do you think about the rest of the build?
I'm looking for aircooling so will the NZXT Switch 810 with a Noctua NH-D14 for cpu work for that?
Will the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel be a good motherboard for the gtx 690 or an sli setup and will my i5-2500k suffice when overclocked?
Is the Crossover monitor the best (price/performance) 2560x1440?
Is 8gb of Corsair Vengence 1600Mhz ram enough or do I need 12-16gb or ram with faster clocks?
If you have any better recommendations for those I'd appreciate it. Thanks for all the responses and help as well.
Not sure how you got talked into SLI 670's. I would definitely recommend 7970's as they are often 20% better and scale better at higher resolutions (which you will be using). They can he had for around 430 from newegg (such as the HIS ICEQ one),
The sabertooth is a great board that lots of people love, although I think you could squeeze an OC out of your current Asus, but I can understand Sata3 being a big draw so the sabertooth is an ok investment.l
I personally plan on buying a crossover over the other korean monitors in the next month due to the significantly nicer build quality, although there are two caveats to that: 1) The dell 2713HM is coming out soon and may be at a decent price point for an actually warrantied product. 2) You have to make sure that the seller from whom you buy your crossover sends it with a 110v power brick. Some sellers are shipping them with 220v bricks.
8gb of ram is plenty. If you don't feel confident about that, load up as many programs as you regularly use on your current computer, go to the task manager>performance tab and see how much of your physical memory you are using. In most cases it's tough to cross 6gb for a standard user. However, corsair vengeance memory has lately become a bit of a joke, and although it looks pretty with those heatspreaders, it's basically ordinary ram clocked at 1600. Many forum users will recommend samsung ram (no heatspreaders but overclocks past 2k easily) or Gskill ripjaws which looks pretty and OC's decently