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MSI 5770 HAWK or a GTX 460?

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August 26, 2010 2:56:25 AM

Hi guys, I'm working on building my first computer and I am stuck on which card to get. The HAWK is pretty expensive compared to the rest of the line but is considered the best(?) and the gtx 460 doesn't cost TOO much more.

Thanks! =D

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a c 189 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 3:57:05 AM

tell us the rest of your system including monitor...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 4:27:11 AM

Go for the GTX 460 if you can afford it. The main advantage of the Hawk is that it can overclock very well but even a reference GTX 460 can overclock to a higher degree and it is much better at stock.
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a c 107 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 5:10:58 AM

GTX 460, particularly the 1GB version if you can afford it. Only get the HAWK if you plan on using eyefinity and are going to overclock the heck out of it. If you don't want to heavily overclock, then a cheaper 5770 would do
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August 26, 2010 5:23:36 AM

hey guys, thanks for the responses.

For the monitor I am thinking about getting this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ARSZ1G/ref=ord_car...

As for the system:
i7-930
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V
Haven't chosen motherboard yet

I'm thinking about getting a cheaper 5770 and getting another one for crossfire in about 2 months.

The main reason for this rig is to have it ready for FF14 lol and to learn programming.

Budget <900
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 7:56:27 AM

If gaming is the most intensive thing you do with computer(likely) you may want to consider getting an i5 and a better card rather than an i7 and a weaker one.
For example an i5 + a GTX 470 will be much better for gaming than an i7 + HD5770.
Actually I just early made a build for someone for $1000 that was nice. Let me see if I can find it.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 8:40:27 AM

Here it is:
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Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz Quad-Core Processor + ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $221
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $218
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX Black Edition 750W 80 PLUS SILVER Modular Power Supply + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Mid Tower Computer Case - $179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 Video Card + Mafia 2 + Just Cause 2 + Resident Evil 5 or Street Fighter 4 or Dark Void - $300 - $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X SATA CD/DVD Burner - $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's $1020 shipped so to make it down to $900 you'll need to pare it down a bit; perhaps a GTX 460 instead or keep the GTX 470 and get a lesser case/psu/motherboard that isn't SLI maybe. If you need to fit the monitor in that budget then you should really be looking at a Phenom II system I think.
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August 26, 2010 7:29:49 PM

Thanks for the responses. I'm thinking about just spending the extra 50-80 dollars and invest towards a 460. The reason I set that budget is because I only have a month to scrounge up that money and get it built before FF14 comes out. I also plan to use the computer for programming and other intensive applications that revolve around the work I'll be getting into.

Ugh, there are so many 460's out there I need to start my research all over again lol.

What manufacturers/models should I be looking into? Or should I make a new thread regarding this? Also my power supply is an Antec 550w
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August 26, 2010 7:51:41 PM

That's a great price. Anything else within that price range that can contest it?
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August 26, 2010 9:34:22 PM

Got the MSI listed above. Thanks a lot guys! =D
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 11:31:22 PM

Yeah, you aren't going to do better than that.
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August 26, 2010 11:47:55 PM

If I wanted to SLI in the future, do I need to buy the exact same card or can I buy from a different manufacturer like evga?
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August 27, 2010 12:28:46 AM

Best answer selected by grenwar.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 12:37:54 AM

You'll be able to use a card from any manufacturer.
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August 27, 2010 1:08:54 AM

Does the differences in specs like the clock speed/shaders matter when doing this? Thanks again for your help!
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 2:57:14 AM

I would stick with another 1gb model but other than that it shouldn't matter much.
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