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April 24, 2011 5:51:31 AM

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hi I'm going to be building my first gaming computer in a month or two when I can get the money. Pretty much picked out everything I want except for the graphics card. Not sure if I should get 2 mid range cards or just go for one high end. I was thinking about getting two GTX 460 1 GB cards, but I heard that one GTX 580 will outperform in it many cases. Should I just go for one GTX 580 and SLI it in the future or get the two GTX 460? My budget is around $300-500. Also can someone explain to me some how I should evaluate graphics cards: more bits? more core clocks? more effective memory? because I see some 1GB cards for under $100 and others for over $200.
Also is there a major difference between sata 3.0 and sata 6.0?


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April 24, 2011 6:13:52 AM

Hi . the motherboard u had just chosen have the wrong socket for your processor . x58 uses 1366 socket while core i5-2500k uses 1155 socket .

Asus Sabertooth P67 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For graphic card , i would go for gtx 580 and sli in the future if possible .

Hmm , from what i read , sata 6.0 on a non-ssd just increases burst speed .

For me , evaluating graphic card is by looking at frames/price . I would first look at benchmarks conducted by toms and then decide on the price .

I would go for 2x4gb ram sticks . Maybe kingston hyperX?
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April 24, 2011 3:36:47 PM

Does anyone know the difference in performance between say gtx 460 in SLI, gtx 560 TI SLI, gtx 570, and gtx 580? Is the 580 worth the money in terms of performance?
Looking around the forums a lot of people seem to recommend the hd 6950, but criticize the buggy drivers. It seems that the HD 6950 and the gtx 570 seem to give more bang for the buck, but is the $75 premium on the 570 worth it?
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April 25, 2011 12:31:59 PM

Maybe this will help -
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/188

In terms of driver . It really depends for some people. For me im using the HD 5770 for almost 2 years and i haven't encounter any problems with the card or the driver itself .
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May 1, 2011 2:30:18 AM

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