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May 12, 2011 8:07:26 PM

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 Mid-Tower Gaming Case with Side Panel Window

Cooling Fan: XtremeGear Ultra Triple Heatpipes Cool Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling
Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) [-11]

CPU: AMD Phenom™II X4 965 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology [+64]

Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD EVO AMD 870 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3 ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI [+18]

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.

Thanks.

May 13, 2011 8:58:22 AM

The last one is the best from all three. The SSD is kinda small, better get a regular HDD instead, Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB if they let you choose the brand. You can get Intel too.
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May 13, 2011 9:13:01 AM

+1 the last graphics card is the best there
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May 13, 2011 9:28:32 AM

If you an up the GPU budget to $150, numerous GTX460(1gb) cards out there, all faster than your proposed options, and, possibly for less money in some cirumstances...
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May 13, 2011 3:08:43 PM

you could also look at gtx 550 ti which is a very nice card and is made to replace the gts 450
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May 13, 2011 4:37:58 PM

striker410 said:
DO NOT get a GTX 550ti, it is a ripoff. You'd be much better getting a 5850 or GTX 46 768, like these cards.
5850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both of which WAY outperform the 550 ti for the same price.


i dont know what world your in but the 550 ti is cheeper and unless you act fast you will never find a 460 768 cause they are ending that line

evga 550 ti is $121.99


evga 550 ti Vs. asus 460 768
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=647&card2...

be sure to note that the evga is a bit over clocked so when compairing the 2 they are very close
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May 13, 2011 4:43:43 PM

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.
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May 13, 2011 5:19:19 PM

OK first read the rest of the article cause it proves my point

and that is very bad analogy, but sticking with cars and the link you put up it's more like have one car being faster but the other having better acceleration.

this is from the same article you posted
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-550-ti-review...
notice how the 460 768 isn't even on the list

different cards do different things better. the link you posted is for Battlefield Bad Company 2 at 1920x1200 but what about other games? and other resolutions?

don't get me wrong gtx 460 768 is decent but even the article you posted on that page the 550 ti isn't over clocked and they show that on page 19.

so isn't it like having a Prius that could star in "The Fast and the Furious 6"?
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May 13, 2011 5:26:06 PM

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.
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May 13, 2011 6:13:27 PM

550/560 cards overclock better cause they dont produce as much heat as the 460

also i was talking of aftermarket overclocking seeings how its soo easy to do now.

ok so this is where it all stands

gtx 460 768 is 8% better then gtx 550 ti
gtx 460 768 cost 8$ more then the gtx 550 ti

again im not saying that one is better than the other but after you look at it all your original statement seems a bit blown up

"DO NOT get a GTX 550ti, it is a ripoff. You'd be much better getting a 5850 or GTX 460 768, like these cards."

8%?? i mean really

fact is you get the 550 ti then you can use a 500 watt psu and then u have more money for other parts like a real ssd (30 gb wont get u far)
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May 13, 2011 6:36:37 PM

This is my last response on the matter.
This article on Tom's is a whole review on the 550: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-...
The 550 would be a good choice if there wasn't so few CUDA cores. That drop in cuda cores will mean a big difference in some games, less in others. I stand by the fact that the 460 is the clear better value, as you can see: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-...

And consider the fact that paying $8 for 17% is not a bad price in the scheme of things. I personally would fork out the cash to get 10 or so more frames per second.
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May 16, 2011 1:23:30 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm just trying to walk that fine line between overspending and getting a video card that won;t take advantage of the rest of my setup.

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