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April 6, 2011 11:09:18 PM

Hello all, I am building a new computer soon and have been torn between decisions. I am stuck between a GT 430 or Radeon HD 5670. The specs of my computer you should consider is:

-Thermaltake VM70001W2Z Armor A30 Micro Case
-Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H Motherboard
-Apevia ATX-WA750W Warlock 750-Watt ATX Power Supply
-AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX
(all from TigerDirect.com)

As well take into account that I will be using the computer primarily for Gaming (SC2, CIV5,ME2,DA2 ets.). Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me, as well as if there are other cards on that budget that I should consider. :D 

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April 6, 2011 11:19:06 PM

The 5670 and 430 come in a wide range. What is your budget.

Also have you purchased any of those parts if not, you should switch that build out because some of those parts are rather iffy. IE the power supply. And somewhat the board.

To answer your QA though, the 5670 is better.
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April 6, 2011 11:37:22 PM

the 5670 is better than the 430, but isn't exactly great. If I'm gaming, I personally wouldn't go any worse than a GTS 450 (about $110)
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April 6, 2011 11:38:24 PM

aznshinobi said:
The 5670 and 430 come in a wide range. What is your budget.

Also have you purchased any of those parts if not, you should switch that build out because some of those parts are rather iffy. IE the power supply. And somewhat the board.

To answer your QA though, the 5670 is better.


1. Thank you for replying :D 
2. My budget is something no more than $110-$120
3. I have not purchased any yet
4. Why is the power supply iffy?
5. The board is honestly the best I could find to fit the case, and had future-proof specs (i.e. USB 3.0, SATA 6.0)
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April 6, 2011 11:58:18 PM



If you can swing $120 for a GPU, I think we can do decent for you.


first, that Apevia 750 is a poor quality GPU, and is $110. Its overpriced and crappy.
the Thermaltake case is interesting, but its also $120!

So you have $230 in case and PSU. You can spend a heck of a lot less. and get a much better GPU and much better Processor. If I showed you a good system that saved over $100 off the case & PSU, would you consider sandy bridge and a better GPU?

Tiger Direct is okay, but tends to be a little ore expensive than Newegg.
Have you got a specific reason to stick with Tiger, or are you flexible? (A friend of mine is buying his new PC from tiger Direct because he has $1000 in store credit from the local Brick-n-mortar TD)

adding up what I'm seeing in costs from newegg of your parts ($145 for CPU, $230 cor case & PSU, $90 for the Mobo, and $120 for GPU), thats about $585 right there,, but I assume you also were getting or cannibalizing DVD burner, hard drive and at least 4 GB of DDR3 Ram not listed here.

Here's my suggestion to spend your money, all from Newegg:

i5-2400: $190
ASRock H61M/U3S3: $80
Rosewill R102 Micro ATX case: $30
Rosewill 120mm Blue LED fan: $5
Sparkle GTX 560 ti: $230
XFX Core Edition PRO450W: $55
Thats your $585 much better spent.
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April 7, 2011 12:28:35 AM

^ +1, unsure if that PSU will power a 560 Ti with a 2400. Check out the Antec 520w Neo Eco.
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April 7, 2011 12:37:24 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
If you can swing $120 for a GPU, I think we can do decent for you.


first, that Apevia 750 is a poor quality GPU, and is $110. Its overpriced and crappy.
the Thermaltake case is interesting, but its also $120!

So you have $230 in case and PSU. You can spend a heck of a lot less. and get a much better GPU and much better Processor. If I showed you a good system that saved over $100 off the case & PSU, would you consider sandy bridge and a better GPU?

Tiger Direct is okay, but tends to be a little ore expensive than Newegg.
Have you got a specific reason to stick with Tiger, or are you flexible? (A friend of mine is buying his new PC from tiger Direct because he has $1000 in store credit from the local Brick-n-mortar TD)

adding up what I'm seeing in costs from newegg of your parts ($145 for CPU, $230 cor case & PSU, $90 for the Mobo, and $120 for GPU), thats about $585 right there,, but I assume you also were getting or cannibalizing DVD burner, hard drive and at least 4 GB of DDR3 Ram not listed here.

Here's my suggestion to spend your money, all from Newegg:

i5-2400: $190
ASRock H61M/U3S3: $80
Rosewill R102 Micro ATX case: $30
Rosewill 120mm Blue LED fan: $5
Sparkle GTX 560 ti: $230
XFX Core Edition PRO450W: $55
Thats your $585 much better spent.


I can't shake the case, because I need a smaller case for my living area (i.e. square) and I like the air flow it has. I used TD because it was generally cheaper than Newegg. Such as the PSU you picked out, I could find cheaper on TD here. I like the PSU you picked out, I would like to stick to AMD mobo/processor. I will be starting the build with the necessaries that I listed in my first post. Then I will upgrade things like ram and such later on as the money for it comes in. I can list the full planned specs if you'd like. I appreciate the help :) 
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April 7, 2011 12:39:15 AM

Also note that the PSU I want to be large enough to run the stuff in the case, and more so there's room for upgrades.
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April 7, 2011 1:58:08 AM

the XFX 550 has 44a on a single 12V rail. it'll handle ANYTHING up to a 580, it could theoretically handly a 590 or 6990, but that shaves a bit too close IMHO.

+3.3V@24A, +5V@24A, +12V@44A, -12V@0.5A, +5VSB@2.5A
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April 7, 2011 3:18:00 AM

O.o The 550... The one you list is the XFX 450. Not the 550.
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April 7, 2011 3:35:05 AM

the xfx 450 will handle a single 560 too. 560 needs a system with 24 amps. the 450's specs:
+3.3V@20A, +5V@20A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.5A, +5VSB@2.5A
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April 7, 2011 4:19:44 AM

Alright alright you win.

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April 7, 2011 5:13:48 AM

I would follow screwy's advice on this one. In games it would perform significantly better than the op's build.
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April 7, 2011 5:47:29 AM

Best answer selected by xenomorph856.
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