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November 7, 2010 6:20:52 PM

OK..I'm gonna do a new build...I wanna stick with Gigabyte mobo..ATI graphics..5850 maybe, Already have a hdd and dvd burner...need ram, mobo, psu, cpu(most likely an AMD 955 Black Edition), cpu cooler, video card, and case....Getting from newegg... $700-$800 budget...any suggestions???

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November 7, 2010 8:53:11 PM

Instead of the 5850 get a 6870 if you are HELL BENT on AMD graphics.

If you can get an SLI motherboard for cheap, get 2x GTX 460's (768MB is fine).

Since you have $800, and do not need the HDD or DVD burner this is what you can get:

RAM ; any Corsair 1333MHz / 1600 if you gonna oc ~ Easily under 80
Mobo: SLI compatible mobo running with 2x PCIe slots, atleast 8x/8x ~Under 120
PSU: Try a 650-750W corsair if gonna OC ~ $70 or less
CPU : 955 BE is fine ~ $150
Video Card: GTX 460 x 2 (768mb/1gig, whichever fits in budget) ~$280
Case: CM Storm Scout. $80

All up: $780.

Can add a CPU cooler with the $20, but unneeded really.
Storm scout has nice ventilation!

2x GTX 460's will give you great performance, around 10~% slower than a 5970 is benches.
It easily rivals HD5850 Crossfire (Thats 2 of em)
as it has great scaling - 1x GTX 460 = 100% performance of a GTX 460, 2 of them gives around 190% performance.

That means the 2nd one is 90% effective, and toms hardware love 2 of them and have given it great value.

2 of them with 16AA work better than a GTX 480 at same resolution with NO aa and are quieter less wattage etc etc.
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November 7, 2010 8:59:08 PM

I agree with vibhas, but if you want a big ol case with lots of fans i suggest the NZXT Tempest Evo, its has a lot of room for big cards and 8 hard drive bays even tho on a budget you might not need it.
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November 7, 2010 9:31:58 PM

Uhhh I'd wait, mainly because, since if we go with Vibhas's suggestion, your budget will allow for a 280$ VGA card. Not that I'm sure on Cayman pricing (but should it follow Cypress pricing) then the 6950 should be 300$. And the 460 SLI > 480 GTX by a bit, but the 69xx is expected to have a 20% performance on top of the 480. So I'd just wait this month out first before we jump the boat.

Plus, not to say SLI is bad, but on AMD platforms it really sucks because not a lot of boards offer SLI and when they do offer sli. (Like the 980n chipset) they suck with any AMD CPU. So I'd just stick with CF if you go with the ATI/AMD route, that's just my opinion though.
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November 7, 2010 9:35:08 PM

Again i agree, a sort of rule of thumb is ATI and AMD or Nvidia and Intel. For best results dont cross breed.
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November 7, 2010 11:18:32 PM

Intel and ATI works fine too, it's only Nvidia-AMD boards that have problems.
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November 7, 2010 11:58:44 PM

Damn good feedback...am gonna stick with ati, as mentioned, they work better with AMD cpu's...I could probably go with another brand mobo, but gigabyte I've had no probs with them. I was looking at these combo deals, I know they will change by dec but I like to "window shop"..http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I can use my 700w rosewill to power it till I get a better one. Just gotta get RAM..Was thinking g-skill ripjaws 2x2g
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November 8, 2010 12:05:20 AM

aznshinobi said:
Uhhh I'd wait, mainly because, since if we go with Vibhas's suggestion, your budget will allow for a 280$ VGA card. Not that I'm sure on Cayman pricing (but should it follow Cypress pricing) then the 6950 should be 300$. And the 460 SLI > 480 GTX by a bit, but the 69xx is expected to have a 20% performance on top of the 480. So I'd just wait this month out first before we jump the boat.

Plus, not to say SLI is bad, but on AMD platforms it really sucks because not a lot of boards offer SLI and when they do offer sli. (Like the 980n chipset) they suck with any AMD CPU. So I'd just sk tick with CF if you go with the ATI/AMD route, that's just my opinion though.


Well, I'd rather not speculate on the pricing but I'd doubt the 6950 would be that much better than the GTX 480 at that price point on release as it would severely kill the demand for the 5970 even though the latter will still be better despite that card bidding to replace it.

I think GTX 460's are fine and dandy, and will probably oust the 6950 in a bench.

The difference between the 480 and the 460's was more than 20% anyways, although i do accept the processor may be SLIGHTLY worse than if it was with nvidia, but Ocing and the fact that games are unlikely to be CPU intensive means that the 460's may be a better deal. Just my 2c
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