System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Disc drive, Windows 7, monitor. I only need what I list in my build.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, but I have done my list on Newegg. If there is a cheaper solution, I'll take it.
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu/Nvidia graphics card. (i5 2500k/560ti, seems best for budget but open to suggestions).
SLI or Crossfire: In the future yes, but not now. (I realize my psu isn't enough wattage for SLI for the current time, but I'm getting a 750w at Christmas).
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Pure gaming system. Wanting to maintain at least 50-60 frames on almost every game with at least high settings. I DO plan on using SLI but not for awhile, so don't bother recommending a higher wattage psu as I'm getting one for Christmas as you read above: the 550W will cover one card until then easily. However, I do want a mobo that is SLI capable now, cause I will not be receiving one of them for Christmas. Just wanna hear some other opinions and make sure this is all compatible. Thanks guys for the time/input.
Total: 853.93. Don't wanna go more than a few bucks past 850. I feel the build is pretty solid, but wanted some last minute critiquing/advice from you guys. Open to any and all suggestions (Except PSU suggestions, as stated). Thanks guys.
Okay guys thanks for the suggestions. I'm just very skeptical to go with the Twin Frozr, I've known 3 people in real life who have all gotten them either dead or it died in a weeks time. On top of that, I've read a ton of reviews online about, claiming they've come in dead or in a months time it was done. I've used EVGA in the past and it seems much more durable and stable.
You save money with the graphics and cpu bundle and also on shipping. All reviews of the 560Ti's have some bad reviews. I too am worried about getting an MSI one. But I hear that they put out new drivers. I've always heard good things about EVGA but there are no good bundles with that card.
I suppose I'll take a leap of faith and go with the MSI. It'll save me some money and I can probably get a 750 psu now instead of waiting. Contrary to my skepticism, I have heard that the amount of RMA's for the MSI are just as high as all of the other 560 ti's. Even at that, it's still an "average" amount of RMA's for the 560 ti compared to other cards, so it's not like the card sucks. I think more people just tend to go on forums/newegg and bitch about their bad products whereas people who had a working one don't bother. You figure 60,000 people bought it, but you see 50 bad reviews on Newegg, doesn't really mean anything. I'll go with the MSI.
Are you ordering from newegg tomorrow? I was gonna order this morning but I could not find a monitor for the price I want to pay since I don't want to spend more than 1k. I will order monday since then I know it will arrive soon as opposed to waiting through the weekend.
Only think I would recommend is to go with 2GB 6950 rather than 560Ti.
6950 is faster at higher resolutions and the greatest advantage is that you can flash it with ease to 6970. But if you do that I'd suggest upgrading cooler or buying dual fan card. So you get performance of 580 for the price of 560Ti
I was Nvidia fan, had GTX285 but switched to 6950 just to try it...and I'd never go back!!! I was astonished by the image quality in games. Huge difference.
Is the 6950 the same size as the 560 ti? I was only wondering because I never tried an AMD card and I am probably gonna go with the 560 ti anyway. It says it needs PCIE 2.1
I was with Nvidia since Geforce 256, Geforce 3 Ti200, Geforce, TI4600, Geforce6800GT, Geforce 7900GS, Geforce8800GT(SLI) Geforce285 GTX and then
BAMM AMD HD6950 and that was the best upgrade i ever made. Starcraft become much much more vivid and you could see effects that were not seen on GTX285.
And that game is not even dx11!!!
Flashing to 6970 was just a cherry on top of a cake! Flawless. Never again I go back unless Nvidia comes with something worth buying
The flashing is by no means guaranteed to succeed. The recently reviewed Sapphire 6950 Vapor-X ( at hardocp.com ) comes at about $260-270 pricepoint and at least for the review versions already had a 6970 bios flashed to the 2nd bios on the card. Which is great and all making it a solid value. But still a good $50 increase in price for this build.
When you OC the 560Ti you will match the regular 6950's performance fine and in some cases exceed it.
But of course if you can fit the 6950 in the budget it is a great alternative.
But also take into account that if you want PhysX or CUDA then Nvidia is the way to go.
PCIe 2.0 and 2.1 are backwards compatible so you are fine on that front with either one.