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March 11, 2011 2:03:51 AM

HI im planning on building a new PC and i want your opinions on it.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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

so should i change anything?
i want a good gaming rig that can play most games in MAX in my 1440x900 monitor

Thanks!
March 11, 2011 3:22:03 AM

make sure that you know that you cant add another 460 in the future. You'll only be able to use 2 gpu if you stick with amd. Looks solid though. Get a cooler if you need to overclock.
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March 11, 2011 3:45:24 PM

Switch 460 to 560 ti msi twin frozr II - 250 bucks. Best bang for buck IMHO.
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March 11, 2011 6:07:34 PM

Ajrslg said:
Switch 460 to 560 ti msi twin frozr II - 250 bucks. Best bang for buck IMHO.

i have a budget of 750 and that GPU will make me go overbudget.

i plan on having the best performing PC for games like Elder Scrolls V, Crysis 2, DOW II Retribution, Deus EX Human Revolution and Battlefield 3, so will my set up run these games smoothly and on high? and if i have to crossfire(i plan on crossfiring 6 months after i buy my PC, if i really need to) to achieve smooth performance on MAX settings what GPU can i replace the 460? (i can add 20-40 to my budget if its necessary)

P.S. my monitor is a 19 inch (1440x900) and i have no plan on upgrading it.
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March 11, 2011 9:02:38 PM

tzrex said:
i have a budget of 750 and that GPU will make me go overbudget.

i plan on having the best performing PC for games like Elder Scrolls V, Crysis 2, DOW II Retribution, Deus EX Human Revolution and Battlefield 3, so will my set up run these games smoothly and on high? and if i have to crossfire(i plan on crossfiring 6 months after i buy my PC, if i really need to) to achieve smooth performance on MAX settings what GPU can i replace the 460? (i can add 20-40 to my budget if its necessary)

P.S. my monitor is a 19 inch (1440x900) and i have no plan on upgrading it.


Ignore the notion of SLIing on an AMD setup and getting a 2nd 460.

A single 460 w/ 768mb will run comfortably any game at high settings with your monitor resolution.
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March 11, 2011 9:38:25 PM

vibhas said:
Ignore the notion of SLIing on an AMD setup and getting a 2nd 460.

A single 460 w/ 768mb will run comfortably any game at high settings with your monitor resolution.


Yes a 460 is ok at that res but for just a few bucks more you can have just as good if not better card in the 6850 and have the option to crossfire down the road, a well spent amount IMO.
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March 11, 2011 10:02:38 PM

If you are willing to wait to save up, a lower-end Sandy Bridge could be possible, otherwise what your trying to do should be enough.
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March 12, 2011 12:56:18 AM

i think ill pass on the sandy bridge build, but if i can raise up the money before the end of the month then i might consider an i5 build but for now i'll stay w/ the X4 955.

another question, what is the difference between the 5830, 5850, and are they better than the 6850?
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March 12, 2011 1:00:09 AM

Drop the 965 and get an Athlon II around $100
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March 12, 2011 1:50:39 AM

imaurer269 said:
Yes a 460 is ok at that res but for just a few bucks more you can have just as good if not better card in the 6850 and have the option to crossfire down the road, a well spent amount IMO.


Cheapest GTX 460 768mb = $110 - EVGA superclocked (98MHZ oc) and 2 games
Cheapest 6850 = $150.

Him to pick - Small budgets .... 40 is a lot.
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March 12, 2011 2:18:22 AM

^even Crysis 2 and or Metro 2033 w/ AA?

im planning on buying this build when i get the money which is hopefully at the end of the month, if i can come up with them money by this month and the JC2+Mafia II promo for the 460 is still up i might go with it, but if they're done i'll go with the 6850

im still open for suggestions so keep em coming
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March 12, 2011 7:48:19 PM

Crysis 2? Hit a min HD 6850 as any less would not be playable on HardCore
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March 12, 2011 8:26:57 PM

so 6850 is the way to go?

what is the difference of a 5850 and a 6850?
i thought the 6000 series were better than the 5000 series yet the 5850 gets 34.1 while the 6850 got a 33.5.

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March 12, 2011 8:32:12 PM

From HD 6900 series yes but either way get the best deal between 6850/5850/6870 and even some basement bargain 5870s that happen to fit in your budget ^^
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March 12, 2011 8:50:28 PM

tzrex said:
^even Crysis 2 and or Metro 2033 w/ AA?

im planning on buying this build when i get the money which is hopefully at the end of the month, if i can come up with them money by this month and the JC2+Mafia II promo for the 460 is still up i might go with it, but if they're done i'll go with the 6850

im still open for suggestions so keep em coming


batuchka said:
Crysis 2? Hit a min HD 6850 as any less would not be playable on HardCore
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/514326a6-996c-4eaf-8f46-bff6354ea178.png


Tzrex, Batuchka probably didn't see your post about having a 1440x900 resolution monitor and how you are not going to be upgrading it for quite a while.
That chart he shows with the GTx 460 @ 29.5 fps and the 6850 @ 33.5 fps is at 1920x1200 resolution.

1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1680x1050 are all monitors above your resolution and there are significant fps gains between each resolution. A 1440x900 resolution with a gtx 460 will definitely allow you to play with AA and high settings in crysis.

At 1920 x 1200, obviously not. But you have a 1440x900 and that requires MUCH MUCH less graphics power to run at the same settings and fps. Furthermore, $40 for 4 fps is not a good investment when your card is already $110.
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March 13, 2011 4:53:14 AM

zepfan_75 said:
One thing you have to remember, unless otherwise stated the cards in this graph are stock, and the 460's usually have substantial overclocks.
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Again, its a 1920x1080 resolution as well; the 460 768mb version is closer to the 560Ti in 1440x900 which the OP is using compared to 1920x1080 res.

Secondly, it has enough power to max all his games, so before we start going on gTx 580's SLI'd in this thread.... no need to pay $250 to complete a $110 plus 2 games cards job.

Its very easy to overpower your system for the 'futures' sake.. so i agree with zepfan_75, the 460 is the best choice lets not overpower his budget and his needs.
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March 13, 2011 10:07:39 AM

soooo i dont really need to CrossFire?

im making this PC now so in case i need a better GPU for Battlefield 3 and Skyrim i could just buy another GPU to max them.


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March 13, 2011 1:08:32 PM

look, CFX/SLI is for playing games like crysis at max settings and 1920x 1080, and since your not trying to I would say NO. Here is a scenario: Kid gets a card brand x, he wants to play crysis, he gets the game and his card is too weak. All is lost if he isn't able to add another card, but if he is able too, than he doesn't have to chunk his old card.

In otherwords, don't think of dual configurations as mandatory, think on the lines that dual is a fail safe.When you have problems this is an option, but not until you have problems.

I 2nd vibhas
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March 13, 2011 2:05:57 PM

i heard u on that one.. im gonna take that advice myself. good point...
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March 13, 2011 6:54:43 PM

If u were desperate for $$ i would look to cut down but with $750 hitting as good a GPU your budget allows you would be a sensible call in the long run ^^ Know that i could slap up sub $600 machines o n HD 5870s...
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March 14, 2011 7:46:06 PM

if i were to crossfire will the 650w PSU be sufficient?
I do plan in overclocking the 955 and both GPU's (6850) and add 4 more fans + a CPU cooler.
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March 15, 2011 9:07:53 PM

A decent 80+ 600 watter for HD 6850CF would be fine
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March 16, 2011 12:38:59 AM

Antec 650w it is! :D 

since to promo for the 460 is done, im going with the 6850 but i dont know which one...

Should i go with a
Sapphire Toxic 6850 or a Power Color 685X Black Edition?
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March 17, 2011 8:33:52 PM

go to newegg and look at reviews for both
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