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Budget gaming rig. Need help!

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March 17, 2011 3:48:59 AM
March 17, 2011 10:42:10 AM

Almost identical to my build with exception of powersupply, gpu, and case. I went with Antec 300 case and 750 watt psu. My current gpu is GTX460 but just ordered HD6950. I have used the Rosewill case and was very impressed for the price though I would be a little concerned about being able to add a tall cpu cooler like the CM hyper 212+ that I put on mine. It just fits in the Antec 300. I would say you have a solid compatible build. I have been very pleased with my system and it handles everything I throw at it. It may not be the sexy new Sandybridge but I did not have to return my mobo and wait a couple of months for a replacement.
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March 17, 2011 11:26:05 AM

I recommend going with this combo at Tiger Direct instead

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


LOOK AT THIS VALUE! Our Price: $519.99
MSI P67A-C43 B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - Qty: 1 $119.99
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU - Qty: 1 $229.99
Patriot Viper II 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel - Qty: 1 $52.99
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive - Qty: 1 $54.99
Lite-On Internal 24X DVD Writer - Qty: 1 $19.99
Ultra LS600 Lifetime Series 600W Power Supply - Qty: 1 $49.99
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - Qty: 1 $44.99
‡You Save up to $52.94
*Before Rebate

And then choose an appropriate video card to fit your budget, maybe a Galaxy gtx 560 ti or hd 6950 2gb

TigerDirect has the Galaxy 56NGH6HS4IXZ Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 Ti 1GB DDR5 HDCP PCI-E Video Card for a low $199.99 after Coupon Code: OTY23503 (Exp Soon). $2.68 Economy Shipping (Residential only). Tax in FL, GA, ID, IL, NC, SD, TX.
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March 17, 2011 12:02:58 PM

Your build looks solid.. Vanlol however has given an excellent recommendation which, if still existing, gets my recommendation.. You can even add a HD 6950 to that build making it a whole lot more powerful compared to what you have decided as of now..
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March 17, 2011 12:03:14 PM

Your build looks solid.. Vanlol however has given an excellent recommendation which, if still existing, gets my recommendation.. You can even add a HD 6950 to that build making it a whole lot more powerful compared to what you have decided as of now..
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March 17, 2011 12:24:26 PM

vanlol said:
I recommend going with this combo at Tiger Direct instead

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


LOOK AT THIS VALUE! Our Price: $519.99
MSI P67A-C43 B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - Qty: 1 $119.99
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU - Qty: 1 $229.99
Patriot Viper II 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel - Qty: 1 $52.99
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive - Qty: 1 $54.99
Lite-On Internal 24X DVD Writer - Qty: 1 $19.99
Ultra LS600 Lifetime Series 600W Power Supply - Qty: 1 $49.99
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - Qty: 1 $44.99
‡You Save up to $52.94
*Before Rebate

And then choose an appropriate video card to fit your budget, maybe a Galaxy gtx 560 ti or hd 6950 2gb

TigerDirect has the Galaxy 56NGH6HS4IXZ Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 Ti 1GB DDR5 HDCP PCI-E Video Card for a low $199.99 after Coupon Code: OTY23503 (Exp Soon). $2.68 Economy Shipping (Residential only). Tax in FL, GA, ID, IL, NC, SD, TX.


That looks like a great deal, actually... how does the 560ti compare to the 6950?
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March 17, 2011 1:47:20 PM

Emperus said:
Your build looks solid.. Vanlol however has given an excellent recommendation which, if still existing, gets my recommendation.. You can even add a HD 6950 to that build making it a whole lot more powerful compared to what you have decided as of now..


I think my only reservation with this deal is that the psu seems to be a bit shabby... thoughts on this?
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March 17, 2011 4:50:08 PM

Missed it to be honest.. Yes that PSU is not one to rely on.. But I guess you will have enough savings to invest in a better quality unit such as the XFX 650 watts.. It does not cost much high and thus you will be able to get a radeon 6950 as well..
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March 17, 2011 8:28:39 PM

Absolutely right. A shame really. I had a good Ultra for many years, but Ultra is no longer a good company. They do still sell a few good PSUs, but those are generally overpriced. They are known to mis-label lower wattage units as higher wattage ones, and change the price accordingly.
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March 18, 2011 12:39:40 AM

The 580 is one of nvidia's most powerful cards out there it will be able to play all games at full setting with mediocre frames, or medium setting with high frames which ever is best for you.(the ati's 6970 will perform the same or better than this card). But that I5 build will give you a huge boost because the sandy bridges have stronger new technology than that of amd's but the choice is your because AMD can use the power of the ATI cards to improve it performance making a really powerful machine but again the choice is yours.
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March 18, 2011 12:42:58 AM

Keep in mind though you are going to want to go with a 650 watt power supply or more with the I5 build, and if you are going to go with ultra pay a little more and you will get a a better power supply 80+ silver should be good!
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March 19, 2011 9:14:33 AM

Regarding the gtx 560 ti versus the hd 6950. Assuming both are running at stock speeds

I'd say the hd 6950 is a slightly more powerful card, but the gtx 560 is probably less expensive. So it's price vs performance.

I'd recommend reading this article for more in depth information.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef...

Also, regarding the power supply, it seems it has gotten decent reviews and comes with a life time warranty.

I believe the gtx 560 and hd 6950 both recommend a 500 watt minimum based on the assumption you're using
a 1366 socket i7 series which uses 130w thermal power design. I think the i5 2500k uses the a 95w thermal power design, which is more energy efficient.

So, you could probably run the setup with the combo deal, but not much overhead room for overclocking the components.

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March 19, 2011 10:00:25 AM

vanlol said:

Also, regarding the power supply, it seems it has gotten decent reviews and comes with a life time warranty.

I believe the gtx 560 and hd 6950 both recommend a 500 watt minimum based on the assumption you're using
a 1366 socket i7 series which uses 130w thermal power design. I think the i5 2500k uses the a 95w thermal power design, which is more energy efficient.

So, you could probably run the setup with the combo deal, but not much overhead room for overclocking the components.


The LS600 is capable of only 32A on the 12V rail according to the specs, and that is MAX not continuous. That is also at 25C, not drawing the 30-35C air one might find inside a case or on a warm day.

So what is it REALLY? A mediocre 450W PSU.
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