Okay, I've posted briefly in here before but that was only to ask some triple-monitor GW2 questions, now that the dawn of the rest of our lives is upon us, it's time for me to upgrade (well, rebuild) my rig again.
I don't generally stay up with computer parts so I figured I'd ask here, I've read a bit and want to get some opinions before I start finalizing the build.
I have a fairly advanced skill level with computers, I've been buying and building my own rigs for about 10 years now, but I'm not as advanced in terms of general part / hardware knowledge.
Here's the current rig I'm on:
Now I'll explain what I use my computer for. I'm a Graphic & Web Designer who works in an office, but I also freelance from home. So I need this computer to have some processor power behind it (I usually run Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver & more at the same time when I'm working.) but I'll still primarily be using this for gaming.
** I don't need a hard drive, I already have a 120GB SSD and a few 1TB - 2TB hard drives at my house. **
GRAPHICS: I plan on upgrading to a triple-monitor setup, going to try and get a used monitor identical to my other 2, if not, I'll buy one close and use it as the middle one. This means I'll need 2 video cards, preferably nVidia. I've had problems with ATI in the past. Something in the 6 series for sure, how beastly are the new GTX's?
Please feel free to recommend monitors if you'd like.
PROCESSOR: I'm looking Ivy Bridge right now, maybe mid-range? In this field especially I'm looking for guidance.
MOTHERBOARD: Whichever will go well with the Processor, I've used primarily ASUS in the past, and Gigabyte once.
RAM: This is a field I've never known too much about, but I'd like 16GB minimum (I run a lot of shit at once..)
CASE: I'm currently using a Cooler Master Sniper case and I haven't had any issue with it. I've outgrown the need for a flashy tower, now I'm all about quiet & temp, if you have recommendations I'd love to hear them as I somewhat want to use my current case on my second downloads computer.
PSU: I've never been good at figuring out what I need for these, so I'll need a PSU powerful enough for 2 video cards!
SOUND CARD?: I haven't had a sound card since those Creative Sound Blasters in early 2000, but I've read that the improvement that they can provide is actually noticeable, so I'm interested in one. If you have recommendations, send 'em over? (Also, I DJ and produce a bit of music so this would likely be a good move for other hobbies as well.)
PRICE RANGE: I guess I should post this, eh? Uhh, I recently had my laptop die on me so I'll need to purchase a new Windows 8 one in a few months, so for this I'd probably max it at $2000 (after tax) however, I'd rather only do about $1200 if that's possible? (1200 doesnt include the monitor!)
I don't need a 'top of the line' rig with the absolute best, I just want a high-end gaming experience to make GW2 even more amazing.
ORDERING: I primarily order from NCIX.com (Canada) and TigerDirect.com (USA.. I have a U.S. Postal Address) so if you'd like to link to an item, those would be the ideal places.
I really appreciate anyone who took their time to read this and can help me build this bastard, really, thanks in advance!