More budget now ($850 gaming pc)

I am gonna be gaming at 1920 x 1080 monitor, playing BF3, cabal online, dragon nest and maybe other mmorpg.
I have access to microcenter so i will buy either there or newegg.
My budget now is increased to $850 not willing to go more than $900.
I dont know if i should get gtx 560 ti or radeon hd 6950 1gb.
I will be buying this the first week of september.

i5-2500k $180 at microcenter
Windows 7 $100 at newegg
DVD Drive $20 at newegg
4gb ram $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427
mouse $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826146009
keyboard $8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823107128
rosewill challenger $50 at newegg
antec 750w psu $60 after rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361181
seagate 1tb 7200rpm hard drive $50
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0334293

$519 without motherboard and graphics card

can anyone suggest me of a good motherboard?
i might sli/crossfire if i need it for future upgrade
i am debating on getting gtx 560ti or radeon hd 6950, maybe even considering gtx 570 or 6970 if it fits on my budget
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  1. 560Ti is great card.. picked one up the other day. it should blow threw bf3 np

    for future upgrades.. be sure to get sli. when the 560ti card starts to become a little slow - get another one ;) should be a cheap upgrade by then.

    as for motherboards. here is one i like that should work good for you

    ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) - $109 at on newegg.
  2. I have read that if i will be doing sli or crossfire that I should get dual x8 or x16 mobo because it will have better performance. Is that right or no?
  3. I don't know much about keyboards, but the shipping on the one you have posted above almost doubles the price, while you can get a potentially better one with free shipping. I'd check out this range here:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008650%204093%204808&IsNodeId=1&name=Free%20Shipping

    Just a thought
  4. Hey rich, if he is shipping multiple items from one location - the keyboard will go in the one box with all the other parts, reducing the price dramatically.

    As far as sli and crossfire goes, yes, dual x16 is best. The motherboard i include does have dual x16 PCIexpress slots on it.
  5. any more opinions on gtx 560 ti vs 6950?
    and about the motherboard?
  6. btw i dont plan to overclock right away when i get the parts.
    but i will try it in a year or 2, or when i want the extra performance
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3 <---- another look at that board

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 $239.99 - $219.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $89.99 - $64.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  8. rozz said:
    Hey rich, if he is shipping multiple items from one location - the keyboard will go in the one box with all the other parts, reducing the price dramatically.

    As far as sli and crossfire goes, yes, dual x16 is best. The motherboard i include does have dual x16 PCIexpress slots on it.

    Would you link us to that Asus NF200 board that runs dual cards @ x16 for $110 on newegg please.
  9. i saw that psu in newegg exactly same as one in microcenter earlier
    but will save me a couple of bucks so i chose the one in newegg.
    that mobo looks great to me and just $130
    ive heard twin frozr ii gtx 560 is a great graphics card

    these total to $881.77 with tax and shipping after rebates
    with the coupon $15 off $100 purchase
    and $10 off new customer

    looks like i am all set to buy the first week of september.
    i will be looking to get a ssd on black friday if theres a good sale.
    maybe a gaming keyboard/mouse too.
  10. I would consider either EVGA 560Ti or HD6950 1Gb like Sapphire. The reason for HD6950 being that it's only about $20 difference but it performs way better. The problem comes here with your case, idk if Rosewill be able to accommodate two HD6950s in the future. Might consider getting HAF 912.
    Nice Mobo btw.
  11. so here are my choices for graphics card
    msi 560ti twin frozr $220 after rebate
    evga 560 ti superclocked $220 after rebate
    xfx/sapphire radeon hd 6950 $220/$225
  12. hmm the haf 912 after rebate is the same price as rosewill challenger
  13. HD6950 hands down ...

    and if you CF later on just remove HDD cage from HAF 912 and you should fit well (the only problem is that HAF is sold out from newegg ...nooooooooo
    u can still find it on amazon
  14. no worries i am not buying until first week of september
  15. fury0609 said:
    so here are my choices for graphics card
    msi 560ti twin frozr $220 after rebate
    evga 560 ti superclocked $220 after rebate
    xfx/sapphire radeon hd 6950 $220/$225

    At your resolution the 560ti when o/c surpasses the 6950. In fact no other card on the market atm o/c as well as the 560ti.
  16. ^ true but remeber with oc comes heat and u'll probably need top 120mm fan for ur case
  17. Also any decent 23in panel is still cheaper then 560ti
  18. doesn't overclocking voids the warranty of the product?
    and plus I don't know anything about overclocking except it can destroy the parts if done wrong
  19. For the most part it's a lot less about destroying the cards and more about taking the time and effort to actual accomplish a stable and worthwhile overclock. That said, yes it does void the warranty and that's why a lot of people choose to never overclock. On the other hand, if you do want a little performance and don't want to necessarily take the time and effort for it, there are many programs from many companies that will find a stable overclock for you, all you'll have to do is hit a button and wait.

    With that said, the 560Ti does overclock better, and it is a stronger card in general by pure technicality. There are more games written and coded to favour the Nvidia cards than there are to ATI. By that alone, one card Nvidia, one ATI when both are identical . . . I give my vote to the Nvidia.
  20. where can i find these programs?or does it need to come with the mobo?
    like those oc genie i've been seeing on some motherboards
  21. Those are for ocing CPU. For GPU it's Riva tuner for Nvidia or something something for ATT :). If u don't feel comfortable ocing ask on the forums read some articles. Otherwise go for it :)
  22. fury0609 said:
    where can i find these programs?or does it need to come with the mobo?
    like those oc genie i've been seeing on some motherboards


    http://forums.guru3d.com/forumdisplay.php?f=55
  23. So all I have to do is download that engine, find some tutorials then im good to go, I would need a good case and cooling right? although im not planning to oc right away
  24. cm hyper 212+ will be ok for a cooler
  25. http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2480&page=4

    That chart has quite a few coolers on it, and I'm sure you can find something at the right price with the right options if you spend some time there.
  26. I does have alot of coolers but I wouldn't trust it too much. Read reviews on newegg and web
  27. The testing methodology behind their site is very consistent and professional. I would trust their numbers a lot more than a newegg noob who gives bad reviews simply based on his mistakes. At least you know that these guys are professionals, that they are given the products directly from the company so they have some influence and trustworthiness and lastly that they've been at this a lot longer than most of the private reviews you'll find on newegg or other sites.

    With all that said, I think this will be my last post on this particular topic as I don't want to start a flame war. So I hope it helps, and that your build goes smoothly.
  28. i am convinced to go gtx 560 ti but which one?
    theres evga, msi, gigabyte, asus, idk which one to pick
    theres variations to normal to superclock, twin frozr, etc..
  29. evga regular can oc later on if needed
  30. i dont know which one you are talking about
    there are $210 + shipping and $225 (both after rebates) at newegg
    there is evga superclock for $220
    pny $205 + shipping
    msi twin frozr $220
    msi hawk $240
    gigabyte $205 + shipping
    asus dcii top $230 + shipping
    asus dcii $230
  31. i am thinking of going pny which is the cheapeast one but idk if it is worth spending more to get the other ones
  32. The MSI Twin Frozr is a proven technology, so is the direct to copper from Asus. Top and Hawk version are more efficient cooler for a small fee, but unless you plan to OC like crazy, it's not really needed.

    And a GTX 560 Ti should not need to be overclocked at your resolution to deliver great result.

    So you might want to go with a brand you prefer.

    And the EVGA one from madchemist is a sweet deal with the rebate.
  33. i saw one that is in the same price
    which is the pny one
    pny vs evga?
  34. evga
  35. The 205$ PNY card is factory overclocked at 900 MHZ. Warranty is lifetime limited. However, it's out of stock right now at newegg.

    The EVGA card is 210$ but factory overclocked at 850 Mhz. Reference is 822 Mhz. However, they can easily both achieve 900 Mhz. Warranty is 2 years.

    The EVGA at 900 Mhz and Lifetime limited warranty is at 220$ right now. I would personnaly go for this one because of the warranty and their step-up program ( if you want more performance after less than 90 days, you pay difference ) that I like. Always heard good things of their customer service.

    My personal experience is not good with PNY ( got some of their cards at work that died faster than expected), but it's probably more bad luck than anything else.
  36. i want to buy from newegg today but what i am concern is if i will still be at the same address when it is delivered. i will be moving on sept 1. i dont know if ups 3 day guaranteed service can deliver before that.
  37. also i've seen that fry's has cheaper parts. is it a good reliable store to shop at?
  38. i saw this evga gtx 560ti crysis 2 at microcenter
    $275- $35rebate = $240
    it comes with crysis 2, poster, and a shirt
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360328
    is this a good deal?
    if it is i am thinking of getting it later today or sometime this week
  39. fury0609 said:
    i saw this evga gtx 560ti crysis 2 at microcenter
    $275- $35rebate = $240
    it comes with crysis 2, poster, and a shirt
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360328
    is this a good deal?
    if it is i am thinking of getting it later today or sometime this week

    That's a hose job is what it is.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600094002%20600107147%20600007779&IsNodeId=1&name=1GB <---- There's all your 560ti's on newegg.
  40. hmm i was thinking it is a good deal because the game itself is like ~$30 lowest
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