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#2551 clonesniper666

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:26 PM

Your graphics card is a tier lower than everything else that you have listed. General rule is to spend the same amount on your cpu and your graphics card. You PC spec is by no means a slouch, but in terms of gaming PC, you always want your graphics card to be the stand out component of your PC.

Look for a 560Ti/560 Ti448 core for a better card at the same comparable price.


Most of the 560ti cards I just looked at were around $200-$250 and only offered 1Gb. Not sure how much a difference a 2Gb would offer but would this be a better replacement: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130810. It is only about $50-60 more than most 560ti I looked at.

this brings my total to $938 or $863 if I drop the SDD and use an old 80Gb Hdd for the OS

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#2552 j-cart

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:12 PM

This is where you have to make the decision that I cannot make for you.

Price vs Performance.

Go ahead and look here:

http://www.guru3d.co...-7770-review/21

My old GTX 470 is still out performing the 7770 that you plan on purchasing (my card is now three generations old compared to the radeon 7700 series and I only paid $180). Now that difference is only 10 FPS, but it is the difference of 30 fps vs 20 fps, which is a huge difference in terms of gameplay. I push the 560 ti because it is a solid card at a decent price now.

I don't have any personal experience with the 660, but the numbers on it look great. Understand that it is new generation card of the 560ti, so the prices will be a lot higher just because it is new.

Honestly, if you can find a 560 ti 448 core for around $200, get it. Best damn price pointed card on the market. It is a limited run, but its basically a 570 but better.

#2553 clonesniper666

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:41 PM

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130738

Okay I think I decided to get this card since for it is a bit cheaper and also seems to do really good in the games I am interested i playing.

Would you recommend I just drop the SSD and use and 80 GB HDD though, since it would save $75?

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#2554 j-cart

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:31 PM

Hell no. Check slickdeals for flash sales SSDs.

Make sure you also get a regular HDD aswell. Run the OS on the SSD (get steammover if you are steam users) as you collect and complete games you can transfer them back and forth from the SSD to HDD.

SSD is worth it.

Also, hell yah on the 560 ti 448 core :D You are gonna love your rig.

/edit: just looked at slickdeals

http://slickdeals.ne...plr225sat2120gb

My brother uses OCZ SSDs and he says they run well. Price is extremely cheap.

http://slickdeals.ne...ssd-sh103s3120g

I have a kingston similar to this and it is awesome. For the price it is worth it, kingston knows how to package their products and their support to consumers with customer service.

Either one would be a solid pick up.

#2555 dothog

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

To clonesniper: Why would you pay $240 for the 560ti when you can get a 660ti or 7850 for just a bit more? That's a buy you would really regret if you go through with it. Here's a quality 7850 that outperforms the 560ti for less money.

I had forgotten about this thread...I'm also very ready for a new card. I don't care if I wind up with ATI or Nvidia, I just want it to be a beast for the price. The 7950 and 670 are both flirting with $300 for the off-brands, and I'm holding out until I can get a good brand (MSI, Giga, ASUS) with good cooling at that price. It's going to happen soon.

And if I play my cards right, maybe I'll get a free copy of a game I'll never play. I just hope they keep fighting on the MSRP. I like that ATI responded with the drop on the 7950 and below, my hope is Nvidia decides to nudge things further. And I'm not talking game promos, I'm talking cash money, yo.
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#2556 clonesniper666

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:08 PM


And 3 SATA cables

Yes I dropped the SDD for the moment but will buy one next payday, plus the extra 80GB HDD is only for the OS. Also I decided to get a normal DVD drive over a bluray drive. Total is $870.41 via Newegg, is that a good price for the part listed?

Would I need any other cables besides the SATA ones since I only recall the HDD/CD drive needing a cable besides the one from the PSU. A 650W PSU should be enough for this build , corret or do I need more?
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#2557 MrshllJcb

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:09 PM

Got my board and cpu to go with my 7870, for the cpu I got the amd fx8120 8 core 3.1ghz and for the board I got a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard. Turns out when I got the gpu I did get the sleeping dogs game code but about to finish it on the 360 so will probably look to trade that.

#2558 j-cart

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:09 PM

Nvidia drivers > ATI drivers

well, that's just my opinion :)

Should be able to find the 560 ti 448 core for around $200 (the newegg link includes a rebate) but there have been a few deals awhile ago for $200+ Batman:AC.

#2559 Monoxide1986

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:53 AM

If I went with an i7 over an i5, would I see a lot of difference?

And on the i7's I'm debating between these:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115229

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115070

#2560 The Crotch

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:05 AM

Not really. Get a 3570k.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:47 AM

If I went with an i7 over an i5, would I see a lot of difference?

And on the i7's I'm debating between these:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115229

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115070

I myself have the first one, the i7-3820 and love it. I wanted to go higher end as I wanted to future proof for a while. Not to mention always wanted a top of the line gaming rig, so I splurged more for this and the board below

I paired it with this mobo: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157289

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#2562 glemtvapen

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:43 PM

So this is my first time I plan on upgrading my rig.
I plan on upgrading my old 5670HD with the 660 Ti to be able play Borderlands 2 and Skyrim in High settings maybe even Ultra. So do you guys think my mobo can handle the 660 ti?

I also plan on buying more RAM to bring my rig from 4GB to 8GB. Du you recommend I just buy another set of 2x2 or just get a 2x4?

#2563 elessar123

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:48 PM

So this is my first time I plan on upgrading my rig.
I plan on upgrading my old 5670HD with the 660 Ti to be able play Borderlands 2 and Skyrim in High settings maybe even Ultra. So do you guys think my mobo can handle the 660 ti?

I also plan on buying more RAM to bring my rig from 4GB to 8GB. Du you recommend I just buy another set of 2x2 or just get a 2x4?


What's your motherboard? And yes, get 2x4GB if you can.

#2564 glemtvapen

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:03 PM

What's your motherboard? And yes, get 2x4GB if you can.


It's this one http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128443




#2565 Nekopanchi2012

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 02:02 PM

i'm looking for a 1tb hard drive that won't die after 1.5 years use for a good price. Anyone have any suggestions?

#2566 elessar123

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:12 PM

It's this one http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128443


I'm not sure on that one.

i'm looking for a 1tb hard drive that won't die after 1.5 years use for a good price. Anyone have any suggestions?


Western Digital Blacks are usually the best bet.

#2567 MrshllJcb

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:02 PM

i'm looking for a 1tb hard drive that won't die after 1.5 years use for a good price. Anyone have any suggestions?


I just grabbed a 2tb seagate HDD for $115 at BestBuy, my buddy who builds computers says its good, but I cant confirm its gonna last over 1.5 years.

#2568 madcyantist

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:40 PM

I am looking to enhance the performance of my computer with gaming in mind. I don't need to be maxing out video settings but would like to play with a decent frame rate for sc2 and possibly a newer shooter like borderlands 2. Or, perhaps building a new rig entirely would be more ideal?

CPU Type DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Motherboard Name Asus P5K-E (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Bearlake P35

DIMM1: A-Data DQVE1A16 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM2: A-Data 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM3: A-Data DQVE1A16 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM4: A-Data 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series (1024 MB)
Monitor Asus VH236H [23" LCD] (ACLMTF129651)
Audio Adapter Creative SB X-Fi Audio Controller

#2569 glemtvapen

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:18 PM

I'm not sure on that one.


Thanks for trying to help.
Looking around the web, a PCIE 3.0 GPU should work on a PCIE 2.0 slot so I guess I'm good then.




#2570 luan87us

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 09:35 PM

Hey guys! I'm thinking about building myself a new computer. It'll mostly be used for school related stuff which involve a lots graphic heavy software (Solidwork, cad, cam, after effects, etc..) I will do some gaming on it as i am a CAG. I have a build set up and ready to start buying parts but I'm a little confused on the mobo part. There seem to be a lot of different type of mobo for the intel i series. What would be the best? Z67? Z77? H75? I don't get what those different thing stand for. Any help?

#2571 j-cart

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 09:55 PM

ASUS Sabertooth P67 or nothing, well of course if you have the money :D

#2572 elessar123

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:30 PM

Hey guys! I'm thinking about building myself a new computer. It'll mostly be used for school related stuff which involve a lots graphic heavy software (Solidwork, cad, cam, after effects, etc..) I will do some gaming on it as i am a CAG. I have a build set up and ready to start buying parts but I'm a little confused on the mobo part. There seem to be a lot of different type of mobo for the intel i series. What would be the best? Z67? Z77? H75? I don't get what those different thing stand for. Any help?


Depends on the processor you want. And there's a Z77 Sabertooth.

#2573 j-cart

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:57 PM

I built my buddy a new rig and he has the Asus Sabertooth.

What a sexy layout.

#2574 luan87us

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:12 PM

so like what is the tier list break down on those notation? P>Z>H?? Oh and I'm trying to keep the budget below $800 so probably won't go too fancy on the mobo. probably stick with a Z77 from MSI or gigabyte.

#2575 elessar123

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:20 PM

so like what is the tier list break down on those notation? P>Z>H?? Oh and I'm trying to keep the budget below $800 so probably won't go too fancy on the mobo. probably stick with a Z77 from MSI or gigabyte.


I think it goes Z > H > P Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman

#2576 j-cart

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 07:46 PM

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#2577 dfg

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:09 AM

I'm building a bitchin' destitute rig as soon as I save up some dosh.
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#2578 Doomtime

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:06 AM

ASUS Sabertooth P67 or nothing, well of course if you have the money :D


That board has been nothing but a nightmare for me. :fridge:

First two DOA and a third that stopped working 4 months later.

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#2579 elessar123

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:51 AM

I'm using the Asus P8Z77V LK. It's cheap, and seems awesome so far.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:55 AM

Just do note that SSD prices have been falling like crazy for the last two weeks alone, hitting $.50/GB or below on just last gen SATAIII drives, even the latest drives are still below the $1/GB mark. I picked up an older sataII 120gb drive for about $40 that I'm enjoying on an older system.
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