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December 16, 2009 12:02:51 AM

New gaming system build

Pieces that I have already bought:
MD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan, Support up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, 1x 120mm rear fa

At first I was sure I wanted the 5770 because of its direct x 11 support, but I looked up current direct x 11 games and upcoming releases. I figured that direct x 11 wasn't a necessasity until about a year from now about, and by then I will be able to upgrade my card. I am wondering what is the fastest card that I could get that would function well. Also i am interested in overclocking with my setup my alottment will be ~230$ for a single card. Keep in mind that it will primarly be used for gaming.

Also If I would like to get opinions on cost/power efficient power supplys as well as internal harddrives.

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a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 12:20:25 AM

I would still buy a 5770 over anything close to the price range.

If you can get a 4890 or gtx275 within $20 or so then that could be a better deal. Otherwise give up 1-2fps and get dx11, cool temps, near-silent running and everything else the 5770 brings.
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a c 1649 U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 12:41:34 AM

Sheeblasta said:
Don't think I would need a bigger power supply? will be running a lot of 120mm fans, there any many makes of 4890 do any of the models have an advantage over the other? For the HD I finally came to the conclusion of or

My suggestions were based on price/performance. You could go up to 650 to 700watt PSU butt you really don't need to.
a c 197 U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 1:57:57 AM

4890 is your best choice if u don't want dX11...
Like rolli59 said, u don't need a bigger PSU.
a c 381 U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 2:01:07 AM

Here's Tom's choices:,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250

$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
December 16, 2009 2:04:09 AM

2x 4890 if you want extreme performance. At roughly 400 bucks, it completely anihilate the 600 plus dollars GTX295.
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 3:21:14 AM

If you bought a quad core, you probably want a DX11 card.

You'll be keeping that CPU and motherboard for 2 or 3 more years, right? Why not get a video card that won't be obsoleted by then.