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May 22, 2011 9:42:04 PM

I have the following two builds but I can't decide which one to go with! I do not need a DVD drive or hard drive. I have 1920x1080 monitor.

Intel Build:

i5-2400 with ASUS P8H67-M LX Mother Board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Galaxy GTX 560 Ti(No SLI):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K59:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $655 with promo codes and combo discounts before $60 MIR.

AMD Build:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 with GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 Motherboard.(I will get a CPU cooler to overclock it.):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850(Will get another to crossfire):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W75ATI/ref=s9_simh...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K59:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $574 with promo codes and combo discount before $15 MIR.
May 22, 2011 9:49:34 PM

The first one.
May 22, 2011 9:55:40 PM

I'd stick with the Intel base, but swap the 560Ti with an AMD HD6950 1GB. You'll get better performance at 1920x1080 and above.

For a case that plain, I'd take a look at other options like the Cooler Master HAF 912 and 922. They're pretty large, and in that price range.
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May 22, 2011 11:22:41 PM

boiler1990 said:
I'd stick with the Intel base, but swap the 560Ti with an AMD HD6950 1GB. You'll get better performance at 1920x1080 and above.

For a case that plain, I'd take a look at other options like the Cooler Master HAF 912 and 922. They're pretty large, and in that price range.


I was about to get the HAF 912 but 2 people said I should get this over it and the 6950 is out of my budget.
May 22, 2011 11:35:17 PM

The Lian Li is sold out. :( 
Now it's between the HAF 912 and the antec 300 illusion.
May 23, 2011 1:17:28 AM

I'd take the HAF 912. The 300 is a little small (I doubt a card as long as the 6950 would fit very well.

The 6950 1GB is only $250, as is the 560Ti...
May 23, 2011 1:32:15 AM

boiler1990 said:
I'd take the HAF 912. The 300 is a little small (I doubt a card as long as the 6950 would fit very well.

The 6950 1GB is only $250, as is the 560Ti...

The 560 Ti is $190 with rebate. The CHEAPEST 6950 1gb is $232 with rebate.
May 23, 2011 1:53:19 AM

You still have to pay essentially the same up front though, regardless of rebates.
May 23, 2011 2:15:01 AM

I wouldn't contemplate an AMD build until the new chips come out
May 23, 2011 2:42:11 PM

boiler1990 said:
You still have to pay essentially the same up front though, regardless of rebates.


The GTX 560 Ti is only $230 upfront while the 6950 is $260 upfront.
May 23, 2011 3:14:32 PM

I heard the GTX 560 Ti was a great graphics card, at least as good as, if not better than the 6950? Have I been misinformed? :) 

As for your build, good luck with whatever you choose - I hope it works out for you :) 
May 23, 2011 3:46:09 PM

Quote:
The GTX 560 Ti is only $230 upfront while the 6950 is $260 upfront.


First off, Galaxy wouldn't be my brand of choice; there are a lot of poor reviews for their products across the board.

Secondly, a 6950 can be had for a similar price:
$242.99 - 20 MIR -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$236.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Quote:
I heard the GTX 560 Ti was a great graphics card, at least as good as, if not better than the 6950? Have I been misinformed? :) 


The 6950 outperforms the 560Ti at 1920x1080 and up, which is the only range for which these two GPUs really matter. Anything lower and you should be considering a lower card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...
May 23, 2011 6:50:11 PM

boiler1990 said:
Quote:
The GTX 560 Ti is only $230 upfront while the 6950 is $260 upfront.


First off, Galaxy wouldn't be my brand of choice; there are a lot of poor reviews for their products across the board.

Secondly, a 6950 can be had for a similar price:
$242.99 - 20 MIR -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$236.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Quote:
I heard the GTX 560 Ti was a great graphics card, at least as good as, if not better than the 6950? Have I been misinformed? :) 


The 6950 outperforms the 560Ti at 1920x1080 and up, which is the only range for which these two GPUs really matter. Anything lower and you should be considering a lower card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

Ok I will go with the 6950 but now I will need your help to cut the price of some other parts like $40 instead of $50 ram.
May 23, 2011 10:58:30 PM

I've had 5 EVGA cards and not a single one had a problem, though every manufacturer still has its bad eggs. I will always recommend a mainstream EVGA GPU :D 
May 24, 2011 3:53:39 AM

The first build is the best. I think that you should switch out the 560ti for 2 AMD 5850’s in crossfire if you can afford it. Or just buy one and another down the road, and put those in crossfire. Either way the build looks good.
May 24, 2011 7:00:35 PM

TheTech214 said:
The first build is the best. I think that you should switch out the 560ti for 2 AMD 5850’s in crossfire if you can afford it. Or just buy one and another down the road, and put those in crossfire. Either way the build looks good.


The motherboard I am getting doesn't support crossfire or sli but I plan on upgrading a couple of months.
May 24, 2011 7:03:41 PM

If you can find a motherboard with 2 PCI-E slots running at x16/x4, you can run Crossfire on it. Those are much cheaper than the x16/x8 and x16/x16 boards.
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