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September 7, 2011 9:00:23 AM

I had a build in mind, (my first one, actually) and I was worried about whether or not it would be good for gaming and multimedia.
Specs:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA Desktop Hard drive (ST31000524AS)

G.skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Desktop RAM (F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR)
Hp 24X Mulitiformat DVD Writer (1260i)
NZXT Gaurdian 921 RB ATX Cabinet
Corsair Builder Series 500W Power Supply (CMPSU-500CX)
Intel Core i5-2500K 6MB 3.30GHz Processor
Asus P8P67 32GB DDR3 USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (B3 Revision)
Palit GeForce GTX550 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 NVidia PCI E Graphic Card

Please help.

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September 7, 2011 9:03:07 AM

seams good, you might want to get a Z68 board and a gtx 560, or a HD6870.
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September 7, 2011 9:03:37 AM

Overall a nice build however 2 changes id make:

Swap the HDD for a Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
Consider swapping the 500Ti for a 6850 which will provide better performance at a lower price or even spring for a 6870.
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September 7, 2011 9:07:33 AM

Wow, i just posted this and two replies already?

Um, will this do?

Power Color Radeon HD6850 1GB GDDR5 ATI PCI E Graphic Cards (AX6850-1GBD5-DH)
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September 7, 2011 9:09:04 AM

What country are you buying in? US/Canada/UK?
What's your budget?
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September 7, 2011 9:12:28 AM

Actually, I live in India so I guess we get higher prices out here than in the US.

Well, the gtx 550 is for 8850 INR
the HD6850 is for 10335 INR
and the HD6870 is for 12630 INR
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September 7, 2011 9:15:45 AM

I was hoping for something >10K INR
any great choices in that range?
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September 7, 2011 9:18:59 AM

The 550ti is a good card though.
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September 7, 2011 9:20:41 AM

The 6850 really is your best choice. If its a matter of staying under 10k INR, id probably suggest get 4GB of RAM instead of 8GB allowing you to fit that 6850 into budget.
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September 7, 2011 9:27:24 AM

AdrianPerry said:
The 6850 really is your best choice. If its a matter of staying under 10k INR, id probably suggest get 4GB of RAM instead of 8GB allowing you to fit that 6850 into budget.


He could opt to get the 6790 though.
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September 7, 2011 9:36:39 AM

Well, i've always used nVidia, so a little worried about shifting to ATI, but I guess it would be best :D 

Thanks a lot everybody :) 

BTW, should i get ASUS, PowerColor, Sapphire or XFX?
I really dunno what the difference is.

And also, my Motherboard supports PCI express 2.0 x16, and the 6850 is a 2.1 x16.
Will that matter?
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September 7, 2011 9:41:34 AM

Sapphire and XFX I believe are the most popular ATI choices.

There's not really much difference though if any at all. Sometimes cards come slightly overclocked or sometimes they have slightly different cooling dependant upon manufacturer. Warranty can also vary.
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September 7, 2011 9:47:30 AM

and what about my mobo having only 2.0 x16,
and the card having 2.1 x16 interface?
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September 7, 2011 9:59:20 AM

Its fully backwards compatible. You wont have any issues there.
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September 7, 2011 10:05:33 AM

I think gonna go with the HD6870, even if its 2K above my price range.

Is it good?
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September 7, 2011 10:17:25 AM

Im going with this config:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA Desktop Hard drive (ST31000524AS)

G.skill Ripjaws X 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz Desktop RAM (F3-10666CL9S-4GBXL)

Hp 24X Mulitifromat DVD Writer (1260i)
NZXT Gaurdian 921 RB ATX Cabinet
Corsair Builder Series 500W Power Supply (CMPSU-500CX)
Intel Core i5-2500K 6MB 3.30GHz Processor

Asus P8P67 32GB DDR3 USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (B3 Revision)

Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB ATI PCI E Graphic Cards
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September 7, 2011 10:24:28 AM

adityar0210 said:
Im going with this config:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA Desktop Hard drive (ST31000524AS)

G.skill Ripjaws X 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz Desktop RAM (F3-10666CL9S-4GBXL)

Hp 24X Mulitifromat DVD Writer (1260i)
NZXT Gaurdian 921 RB ATX Cabinet
Corsair Builder Series 500W Power Supply (CMPSU-500CX)
Intel Core i5-2500K 6MB 3.30GHz Processor

Asus P8P67 32GB DDR3 USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (B3 Revision)

Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB ATI PCI E Graphic Cards


The most important question has not been asked. What is your monitor resolution?
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September 7, 2011 10:29:32 AM

Well, actually im gonna buy a new monitor for this rig, so its probably gonna be like, 1600x1280 or something.
Right now, its a 1280x1024 display.
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September 7, 2011 10:30:29 AM

Id recommend going with dual-channel ram (2x2GB sticks) rather than a single 4GB.

Monitor resolution wont play much factor here to be honest. Unless your going into multiple screens or cards with more than 1GB memory just get the best performing GPU your budget can afford.
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September 7, 2011 10:32:36 AM

OK, thanks.
New displays gonna be a 1920x1080.

2x2 RAM it is.

Thanks a lot. :D 
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September 7, 2011 10:37:23 AM

What is the price ?
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September 7, 2011 10:39:16 AM

johnmathew0 said:
What is the price ?

Price for what?
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September 7, 2011 10:39:49 AM

adityar0210 said:
Im going with this config:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA Desktop Hard drive (ST31000524AS)

G.skill Ripjaws X 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz Desktop RAM (F3-10666CL9S-4GBXL)

Hp 24X Mulitifromat DVD Writer (1260i)
NZXT Gaurdian 921 RB ATX Cabinet
Corsair Builder Series 500W Power Supply (CMPSU-500CX)
Intel Core i5-2500K 6MB 3.30GHz Processor

Asus P8P67 32GB DDR3 USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (B3 Revision)

Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB ATI PCI E Graphic Cards

I am from india .The radeon 6870 costs 11875 INR now (sephire radeon hd 6870)
I would wait for a month or two for amd bulldozer to be available in india.
Cuz AMD systems give more performance/price and also you are pairing with an amd gpu.
For buying and prices you can use the following sites in india
Bitfang.com
Techshop.in
Good luck for Durga Puja
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September 7, 2011 10:39:51 AM

AdrianPerry said:
Id recommend going with dual-channel ram (2x2GB sticks) rather than a single 4GB.

Monitor resolution wont play much factor here to be honest. Unless your going into multiple screens or cards with more than 1GB memory just get the best performing GPU your budget can afford.


It would actually if the monitor resolution is too small then he'd be wasting the power of his CPU and GPU.

Good luck! That's a great res to play with.
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September 7, 2011 10:39:57 AM

adityar0210 said:
Im going with this config:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA Desktop Hard drive (ST31000524AS)

G.skill Ripjaws X 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz Desktop RAM (F3-10666CL9S-4GBXL)

Hp 24X Mulitifromat DVD Writer (1260i)
NZXT Gaurdian 921 RB ATX Cabinet
Corsair Builder Series 500W Power Supply (CMPSU-500CX)
Intel Core i5-2500K 6MB 3.30GHz Processor

Asus P8P67 32GB DDR3 USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (B3 Revision)

Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB ATI PCI E Graphic Cards

I am from india .The radeon 6870 costs 11875 INR now (sephire radeon hd 6870)
I would wait for a month or two for amd bulldozer to be available in india.
Cuz AMD systems give more performance/price and also you are pairing with an amd gpu.
For buying and prices you can use the following sites in india
Bitfang.com
Techshop.in
Good luck for Durga Puja
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September 7, 2011 10:43:54 AM

adityar0210 said:
Im going with this config:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA Desktop Hard drive (ST31000524AS)

G.skill Ripjaws X 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz Desktop RAM (F3-10666CL9S-4GBXL)

Hp 24X Mulitifromat DVD Writer (1260i)
NZXT Gaurdian 921 RB ATX Cabinet
Corsair Builder Series 500W Power Supply (CMPSU-500CX)
Intel Core i5-2500K 6MB 3.30GHz Processor

Asus P8P67 32GB DDR3 USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (B3 Revision)

Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB ATI PCI E Graphic Cards

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September 7, 2011 10:50:43 AM

Thanks a lot, guys.
I love Toms Hardware.
Its full of helping people like you :D 

IM gonna go with the HD6870 and 2x2 Corsair Veangeance DDR3 RAM.
I really dont know whose answer to select as best answer, 'cause all you guys helped out.

Thanks a load.

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D 
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September 7, 2011 10:51:35 AM

Best answer selected by adityar0210.
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September 7, 2011 10:57:41 AM

Nice build :)  You'll enjoy the extra performance of that 6870 when everything is running maxed out at 1080p :) 
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September 7, 2011 12:10:10 PM

Will it work fine with 550 W PSu?
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September 7, 2011 12:16:32 PM

Yes but stick with a good branded PSU, something with an 80PLUS rating
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