Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+54] (Corsair or Major Brand)
Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+26]
Hard Drive: 30 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+13] (Single Hard Drive)
I am building a new rig (see above) and just wanted to get some advice. I mainly will be using it for photoshop and watching netflix and hulu (I need to be able to connect it to my monitor and my plasma TV so an HDMI out on the video card is a must) but I’d like to be able to play Battlefield 3 when it comes out. I don’t need to be able to play it on ulta high settings, but I’d like it to be an enjoyable experience. I went with a SSD hard drive as I’ll be salvaging 500GB SATA drive from my old rig (would installing Battlefield on the SSD be of any advantage?) Also, can I salvage the side and back fans from my previous rig to use as the top fans or should I just pay the $9 and let Cyberpower do it.
I was doing fine until I got to the video card section. My head hurts from looking at all the options. I was thinking of the following options:
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA) $110
AMD Radeon HD 6750 1GB GDDR3 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by ATI) $107
AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR3 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by ATI) $119
Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.
The 460 is $9 more after rebate. Also, that is not a real benchmark. That's like saying a Prius has the same power as a Mustang GT because they both have an engine, steering wheel, and drive shaft.
Here is an ACTUAL benchmark showing how much better the 460 is: http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-550-ti-review... As you can see, there is a big difference in performance. Worth the $9? I think so.
At a resolution of 1920x1200, the 550ti should have a benefit because of the higher video memory. And the 550ti on there WAS overclocked, if you look it's a twin frozr II OC. That OC stands for overclocked.
The only real benefit of the 550ti vs the 460 is better tesselation that comes with the 5xx series. It's just a beefier GTS 450. If you were to overclock the 460, you could easily pull farther away.
I am not the only one with this opinion check out this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/313231-33-edition
I don't wish to start a who's card is better arguement, but you must give the OP sound advice.