Re: Advice & Suggestions on first build under $3k budget
I usually just tell my friends to buy what they think they can reasonably afford.
I upgraded my rig not that long ago and im more then happy with it even though it got a previous gen mid range card still as i didn't upgrade that.
One should keep in mind that when buying the top line you have to pay a high premium for relative small difference to what ever model below it.
Should you go for lets say a gtx670 then stay away from reference design pcb, they coil wine.
Reference design coolers though is better for sli as they move the hot air out from the chassi at the back where as more elaborate designs such as asus DC II or msi twin frozor while very good for single card is less optimal for sli and the chassi temp will be higher affecting both cards.