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February 10, 2011 6:30:31 AM

Well with the Sandy Bridge recalls I've had to do some retooling of my build. Any suggestions for changes / complete rebuilds?



Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon

Budget Range: 700ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Not much really. Quad core definitely. Cooler Master 690 II (basic is fine). 6950?

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, later on -- want a XFire/SLI capable mobo

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

More about : 700 budget

February 10, 2011 6:34:55 AM

If you plan to CF:

1. Hit the 2GB version HD 6950
2. quality 700W PSU
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February 10, 2011 6:40:09 AM

batuchka said:
If you plan to CF:

1. Hit the 2GB version HD 6950
2. quality 700W PSU


Yeah, I understand I'll need to upgrade PSU when i CF, but no real need for that now, right? And why would the 2GB 6950 be better in CF than the 1GB when there's hardly a difference now?
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February 10, 2011 3:30:35 PM

It won't make any difference now at that resolution. But in a year or so it will. So if the price difference is small, get the 2gb.


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First and foremost we have the newly launched Radeon HD 6950 1GB. Having 2GB of VRAM does have its advantages, but at this point in time there aren’t any games that can exploit this advantage at the common resolutions of 1920x1200, 1920x1080, or 1680x1050. It’s only once we get to 2560x1600 or similarly large Eyefinity resolutions that we see the 1GB 6950 fall behind its 2GB counterpart.

In the long run (e.g. a year or longer) I believe having that extra 1GB of VRAM is going to make a difference at resolutions like 1920x1200, but amidst my prognostics we’re effectively making an argument on the futureproofness of a product, which is a difficult argument to make even in the best of times. Perhaps the best argument is one of price: the 6950 1GB starts at $259, while the 6950 2GB can be found for as little as $269, putting a $10 premium on the extra 1GB. For $10 I would suggest taking the plunge, however if your budget is absolutely critical then it’s clear under most games right now you will never notice the difference between a 1GB 6950 and a 2GB 6950.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/4137/amds-gtx-560-ti-coun...
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February 10, 2011 4:57:12 PM

geekapproved said:
It won't make any difference now at that resolution. But in a year or so it will. So if the price difference is small, get the 2gb.


Alright then, sounds like the 2GB for me. There's actually a combo with the 955 and the Sapphire 6950 2GB that's cheaper than the XFX 1GB AR, but I've heard horror stories of the reference card fan being insanely loud.

Should I go for the current deal for the Cougar 700W for $70 after rebates and promo code, instead of the BP550?

Also curious, with the 6950 taking 2 6-pin power connectors, can the 6+2 pin connectors be used as well?
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February 10, 2011 6:13:09 PM

I've updated my build with the Cougar 700W and the 2GB 6950. Is the $45 increase worth it? Any help with combos to bring the price down some?

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February 10, 2011 6:14:38 PM

Yes it could - and ya sink to a one time only , dependable PSU investment for less hassle/overall cost in the long run if CF is on the cards ^^
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February 10, 2011 8:57:13 PM

Added 15% off RAM promo and replaced 212+ with SCMG-2100. Now at just under $765 AR.
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February 11, 2011 4:48:12 AM

Bump. Anyone else?
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February 11, 2011 2:38:24 PM

Yes the 6+2 can be used as just a 6, the 2 are separate.

Don't really know much about the Cougar brand or who makes it, but the specs look pretty good.
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February 11, 2011 3:38:46 PM

geekapproved said:
Yes the 6+2 can be used as just a 6, the 2 are separate.

Don't really know much about the Cougar brand or who makes it, but the specs look pretty good.


Thanks, couldn't seem to find that anywhere. And the Cougar looks really solid to me, read some good reviews on them.

Will the 6950 be bottlenecked by the 955?
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February 13, 2011 3:34:31 PM

No you won't be bottlenecked until you add a second card, then you can overclock your cpu and you should be ok.
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February 14, 2011 12:38:50 AM

Order placed. :o 
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