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Graphics Card Advice for New Build

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November 29, 2010 4:44:43 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime within the next month; BUDGET RANGE: ~$150-$200

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD video playback, DivX movies, gaming needs along the lines of Civ 5

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Current GPU: N/A; Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: no CPU, mobo or RAM yet; SAMSUNG BX2331 Glossy Black 23" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe; SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (eventually)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: would also like to port out to a 32" LCD TV within the next year for TV/movie viewing (I suppose as an extended desktop)
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November 29, 2010 4:50:16 AM

So, $200 for GPU only or for CPU+Mobo+RAM+GPU?
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November 29, 2010 4:58:38 AM

GPU only. I'm looking at a total budget of around $1000 (likely more), with $390 already spent on case, PSU, HDD, and monitor (expecting $45 in rebates). Looking to spend around $350 on CPU + mobo after deciding on a GPU. I'd say that GPU is my priority over the remaining components given my typical usage.
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November 29, 2010 5:15:19 AM

GPU must be the last priority since you can upgrade it later, but not with CPU and Mobo.
For $200 you can get GTX460 just like matto said above...
And don't forget do not cheap out on PSU, it's the most important thing inside your PC.
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November 29, 2010 5:31:47 AM

Thanks for the advice, all. A few questions:

1. If the ATI 6900 series is going to retail for about $300-400 upon release as I've seen suggested, is that still going to be worth my while given that I don't plan to do any intensive gaming?
2. Will the power supply that I've purchased (listed in the OP) be sufficient for the ATI 6900 or GTX460? I suppose I could ultimately return it, but I've been under the impression that it should be fine for my needs.

Also, I was advised in another section of this forum that, for my needs, I should base my CPU/mobo purchase on the GPU. Is that bogus?
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November 29, 2010 5:38:44 AM

Huh? really? Because as far as i know, you should base GPU purchase on the CPU/Mobo...

Yes, you PSU is more than enough to run ANY single card just fine...
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November 29, 2010 7:08:07 AM

That may be true, but I think the article and what everything is saying is, in future upgrading your GPU will give you the most noticeable performance increase in terms of demanding games. Having said that, if you want to upgrade your system 2 years from now you won't be able to put in a more powerful card without a more powerful PSU. Getting a rock solid PSU is of first importance in building a system. Your PC isn't going to be worth much if it won't actually boot up! Or run for longer than 5 minutes due to instability. wa1 is right, it is good to heed his words.
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November 29, 2010 7:57:48 AM

Your choice on PSU and Monitor are good. You can run dual cards with that PSU.
You will better if you decided CPU and Mobo first, after that choose GPU. If your mobo support dual cards then 2x GTX460 are enough to maxed out everything at 1920x1080.
If you prefer a single card then you can go with GTX470.
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November 29, 2010 7:08:56 PM

Do yourself a favor and wait for the Radeon HD 6900 series, they will be coming out in december.

You won't regret it.
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December 8, 2010 10:58:52 PM

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December 9, 2010 11:50:00 AM

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