posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 12:33 PM
Originally posted by spacedog1973
For me, one of the points of making a rig is to future proof to some extent whilst leaving room for options if required. Thats why I'd never go ATX
but standard size or larger size cases allow for multiple graphics cards or a graphic card that is oversize, as many are.
The thing is, you never know whats around the corner with technology and I'd never feel comfortable in having no room to develop if needed later
down the road.
This is really
good advice. Do listen! Ill expand a bit.
Most of the parts of a PC, if they are quality, will last essentially as long as you need. Things like the case, power supply, etc. I would suggest
buying something that allows for future expansion (say, a 750w corsair). I would actually say that GPUs are getting pretty darn efficient, but with a
power supply, its ALWAYS better to use a smaller percentage of its capacity.
The CPU should last quite a while as well. The only thing that wont is the GPU. I will now share with you my grand strategy!
The $200 mark is a great place to work with in the GPU market. Get a motherboard that will support X-Fire and SLi. The 7850 is a great card right
now, though there are others (some are really specific to green (nvidia) or red (ATI/AMD)). When that starts to struggle a little with maxing out
well-coded games, get a second 7850. At this point, they will probably be significantly cheaper, allowing for a great performance increase for the
Then, when that starts to struggle, start to look at ~$200 again. Wait for a single card that outperforms your dual card setup handily.
After a while of doing this, you will actually start to notice that these things happen at a very specific time frame and have for many years. Its a
controlled release of technology. You are generally looking at some type of GPU upgrade every 18-24 months.