Need Advice for upgrade on CPU, Motherboard and Graphic Card
Well...It has been a long time since I built my last PC, which is the one I am currently using and I think it is outdated. So now I would prefer to upgrade a few components of my PC. Of course, the foremost step or the first thing to do is to upgrade the CPU. However, I would at least like to install two graphic cards or for better future upgrade. Unfortunately most of the recent CPU, unless high-end ones, only have 16 or 28 maximum ePCI lanes, which might affect the speed of other components if used parallel. Because I would love to upgrade my PC for VR ready. So any other advices or suggestions would be awesome.
Sorry forget to post the info because I would just like to ask for which CPU is the best so far for VR Ready PC. My budget is between $1500 and $1600.
Anyway, I have done some research, some of the websites suggest upgrading to 16GB RAM, Sapphire Tri-X AMD Radeon R9 FURY, 650W of PSU and Core I5-6600K.
However, the CPU looks good. However, it only has Maximum of16 lanes of ePCI. If we need dual graphics. That is, SLI or Crossfire, it will be impossible or not even possible for future upgrade because of the ePCI lane limitation.
BTW, the current CPU I have is the first generation extreme Core i Extreme 965 with 6GB of DDR3 memory and ATI Radeon HD 5870.
PCIe lanes is not generally a concern. Graphics performance does not noticeably suffer on x8.
This article may help to alleviate some of your concerns. http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/pci-express-scaling-game-performance-analysis-review,2.html
There was a better article recently, but I can't lay my hands on it right now.
I would say this, just yesterday, Nvidia announced their new generation graphics cards - the mid-range 1070 will be out in June at about $400 which is your price point. Performance is assumed to be about 25% better than current generation, and it will support DirectX12 better.
All in, I'd hold off until mod-june to make a leap.
I'll post a build for you in a few minutes. You can use that as a basis for your plans, just get the 1070 video crad when it comes out.
Here you go: Feel free to choose a case that you like. I over-specified the PSU since you mentioned you might want to run dual GPUs.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.31 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Intel BXTS13X 74.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Extreme4+ ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston Predator 480GB PCI-E Solid State Drive ($299.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($389.68 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Oh, and here's a nice, recent article. Might give you some ideas. Although, it's probably already a bit dated.