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April 14, 2011 7:12:22 PM

I'm a gamer, but I couldnt afford a good PC,so I had a small affair from PC with my....xbox. I need to decide whether I should save up right now because theres a sale. What can this RIG do and not do? ANY opinions welcome as long as its intel and nvidia.

Intel® Core™ i7 960 Processor (4x 3.20GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 2GB - Single Card
[SLI] MSI X58 PRO-E

All of it on 1680x1050 monitor.
I plan on playing games that include:
GTA IV
Crysis Warhead(maybe crysis 2)
Just Cause 2
BFBC2
COD:BO

Thanks

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April 14, 2011 7:29:38 PM

It's very fast. The video card is the weakest component but it's plenty for 1680x1050.

Mind saying how much? I ask because there is a newer socket out now for Intel and it's really fast and VERY overclockable (4.4-4.8ghz) for same price or cheaper than that setup would be.
April 15, 2011 6:18:57 PM

Are you looking at building or buying?
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April 15, 2011 6:44:11 PM

Im using ibuypower,I know I know,but I simply dont have the time nor the motivation(and self esteem) to build my own computer.So the price is varied on their site. But I have run into another problem,is this card a major improvement?
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti,whats the "ti" mean at the end of it? Its significantly cheaper than its non "ti" counterparts. Thanks again.
April 15, 2011 6:48:53 PM

The short story is that, back in 2002, Nvidia capped its “performance-oriented” cards with the Ti designator and its “budget-friendly” cards with MX. There were a number of different models in the GeForce4 Ti lineup, mostly based on the NV25 GPU, but I distinctly remember the GeForce4 Ti 4200 being the value leader. If you’re good with Google, you can even find a couple of GeForce4 Ti 4200.

Great, now I feel really old.

Also im asking because i own my own computer customs store in waldorf md and if i have the parts your looking for in stock i can probably beat ibuypower. Check your private messages
April 15, 2011 7:03:01 PM

I know its easy to build computers but i simply dont like the risk of screwing up and bug fixing,call it tech-paranoia. As for being old,it simply means you have more expireince than most which I am greatly in need of. It was said the only thing lacking was in graphics power. Would the TI be better than the 460? or is the 460 even worth getting if I plan on maxing out games like GTA IV.
April 15, 2011 7:06:47 PM

depends, whats your price range?
April 15, 2011 7:08:59 PM

price range on ibuypower is about a $1000 dollars and maybe a bit over. The price the difference on the site isn't that big of a difference and I just need to know whats better and you seem to have experience in GPU's.
April 15, 2011 7:15:15 PM

Well the 560 Ti is just the new architecture version of the 460. With this being said, even if you overclock the 460 to the same speed as the 560 you will see somewhere between a 20 to 40% increase in performace for the 560. So i would definetaly go with the 560 if the price difference is negligable. Also if you have a $1000 price range you are better off building a Sandy Bridge system. The 960 is outdated for a system that expensive.
April 15, 2011 7:20:30 PM

How is this?Intel® Core™ i7-2600K,its about in price range, and sorry to have so many questions but,is the AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB better in performance than both cards? Its also in price range with it also being 13$ dollars less than the 560 ti...
April 15, 2011 7:21:55 PM

Right now when it comes to gaming go with the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors like the I5 2500k. It less expensive then the Intel Core I7 960 but should outperform it in gaming. Matched up with a P67 chipset based board you will have a great system at a better price point then you would with the Intel Core I7 960. Maybe take the savings and get an SSD.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
April 15, 2011 7:26:38 PM

If its better,why is it cheaper,also Ive never seen the point in SSD's,whats so special about them?
April 15, 2011 7:28:58 PM

i dont mind the questions at all. I wouldnt recommend the 6870 unless you were doing it in Crossfire. It is not a good card on its own. If fact you generally see better performance out of the 5870, which matches with the 560 ti in terms of ability. I agree with IntelEnthusiast too, the i7 2600k is overkill, a i52500k will be plenty enough power and with the saved money either a better video card like a HD 6970 or keep the 560 and add a 60 gb ssd for you os/program/C: drive
April 15, 2011 7:34:20 PM

It is cheaper because of manufacturing costs and such. and its not that its better at raw computing(its definetaly not), its just better for gaming. Also ssd drive can read at about 10 to 15 times faster than mechanical drives so if you programs are stored on them they should load MUCH quicker. same as the os. Your boot up time would be in seconds instead of minutes.
April 16, 2011 11:34:19 PM

Whats the 6970 equal to in nvidia terms? Im guessing its better than the ti.
April 17, 2011 12:55:44 AM

Almost identical to a GTX 570.
April 17, 2011 1:16:48 AM

What about the Intel Sandy Bridge Core™ i5-2500K compared to the AMD Phenom II 965 3.8GHz Black Edition CPU....if there is a comparison,im just looking up benchmarks via youtube.
April 17, 2011 1:33:23 AM

Being new to almost everything in the PC world,I have no idea what that comparison means,but I like the comparison and am going by which has the most numbers xD
April 17, 2011 1:37:59 AM

soooooooo the i5 2500k lol. call me at the number i gave you in my private message tomorrow and i can walk you through any questions you may have plus offer you a build that is b\etter than i buy power or neone else for a new system
April 17, 2011 8:56:09 PM

I cant seem to check my messages(lol),also Im not interested in putting my own computer together,if you could build it maybe and also provide a warranty in the case that something goes wrong. I'm just extremely paranoid,this being my first REAL gaming computer.
April 18, 2011 2:44:01 AM

i know that is why i private messaged you. I own a computer customs company and want to help you. Also, i will provide you with a warranty and lifetime tech support. Please email at support@custompcandrepairs.com. i will get back to you asap.
April 18, 2011 6:33:51 PM

You have my interest,but my main concerns. #1 Being,how can I trust you? I hate to bring this up but i've never really bought something as expensive as this online via a non-brand name company,I know it saves money but still...
#2 If a part dosen't work will I get a replacement part down here in Texas? I hope you can understand my mistrust to people of the internet,I will be emailing you shortly about my build and the price im getting from iBUYPOWER.
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