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August 22, 2011 9:09:08 PM

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=N82E168...
mouse $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
keyboard $8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
rosewill challenger $50 at newegg
antec 750w psu $60 after rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
seagate 1tb 7200rpm hard drive $50
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$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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August 22, 2011 9:19:07 PM

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.
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August 22, 2011 9:24:57 PM

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?
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August 22, 2011 9:31:22 PM

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.
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August 22, 2011 10:06:29 PM

any more opinions on gtx 560 ti vs 6950?
and about the motherboard?
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August 22, 2011 10:27:12 PM

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
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August 22, 2011 11:19:29 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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%20Extre... <---- another look at that board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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=N82E168... $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
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August 22, 2011 11:24:13 PM

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.
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August 22, 2011 11:40:12 PM

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.
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August 23, 2011 2:21:52 AM

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.
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August 23, 2011 2:55:02 AM

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
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August 23, 2011 2:56:31 AM

hmm the haf 912 after rebate is the same price as rosewill challenger
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August 23, 2011 3:01:27 AM

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
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August 23, 2011 4:14:06 AM

no worries i am not buying until first week of september
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August 23, 2011 4:46:52 AM

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.
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August 23, 2011 6:56:54 AM

^ true but remeber with oc comes heat and u'll probably need top 120mm fan for ur case
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August 23, 2011 6:57:53 AM

Also any decent 23in panel is still cheaper then 560ti
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August 23, 2011 3:09:38 PM

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
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August 23, 2011 3:23:53 PM

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.
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August 23, 2011 4:53:19 PM

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
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August 23, 2011 5:19:26 PM

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 :) 
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August 23, 2011 5:55:04 PM

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
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August 23, 2011 6:24:08 PM

cm hyper 212+ will be ok for a cooler
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August 23, 2011 9:01:30 PM

I does have alot of coolers but I wouldn't trust it too much. Read reviews on newegg and web
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August 23, 2011 9:13:13 PM

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.
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August 24, 2011 2:44:55 AM

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..
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August 24, 2011 3:17:10 AM

evga regular can oc later on if needed
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August 24, 2011 3:36:05 AM

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
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August 24, 2011 3:44:29 AM

i am thinking of going pny which is the cheapeast one but idk if it is worth spending more to get the other ones
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August 24, 2011 3:58:19 AM

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.
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August 24, 2011 4:03:03 AM

i saw one that is in the same price
which is the pny one
pny vs evga?
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August 24, 2011 4:24:47 AM

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.
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August 24, 2011 6:15:15 PM

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.
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August 24, 2011 6:21:46 PM

also i've seen that fry's has cheaper parts. is it a good reliable store to shop at?
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August 24, 2011 9:59:06 PM

hmm i was thinking it is a good deal because the game itself is like ~$30 lowest
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