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September 21, 2011 8:53:52 AM

Hello forum,

I'm seeking to get the best (single) graphics card out of my $1000 build, is this the best i can do without Bottlenecking in other components? I seek to Game at 1080P @ultra DX11 Games.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I'm so close to the GTX 580, if something could be shaved off so that i can afford it, that would be wonderful. Thanks.

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September 21, 2011 8:58:23 AM

I would change the motherboard with a Z68 one. Better chipset, upgradeable to Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0 and with higher quality components (this particular model)

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also PSU isn't appropriate for a 1000$ build

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 21, 2011 9:00:48 AM

Take a look at this months System Builder News post that went up this morning. You might be able to take some good idea's from it, then just switch the SLI 460's out for a single 6970 or similar and swap the Motherboard for the GEN3 listed in the post above.

System builder link here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/overclock-cpu-ssd,review-...
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September 21, 2011 9:06:02 AM

Sorry tom's hardware but this month's build are bad! I just want to say that :) 
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September 21, 2011 9:14:21 AM

michxymi said:
I would change the motherboard with a Z68 one. Better chipset, upgradeable to Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0 and with higher quality components (this particular model)

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also PSU isn't appropriate for a 1000$ build

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



The Gen3 has a great feature set, ill replace my MB with that.

i'm unsure why i need to go from 600W to 650W on my current build, it looks like THW didnt have any problems SLI'ing 460's which most likely has a greater power draw than a single 6970. i only say this because the 600W corsair is cheaper.
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September 21, 2011 10:33:24 AM

Its much better to spend a few extra dollars to be safe with power supplies, also if you buy a good one it will not have to be replaced for new upgrades to your build.

IMO it better to be safe than sorry
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September 21, 2011 10:44:40 AM

michxymi said:
Sorry tom's hardware but this month's build are bad! I just want to say that :) 


I have to agree, somewhat.

I was disappointed to see SLI 460's being used, and disappointed to see mATX motherboard in there as well - especially as its more pricey than the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3. While it might provide the best performance now, there's really no where for the build to go after that. It was obviously build for a single purpose (to get the best performance for right here right now - which i guess is the whole point, but still....)

600w PSU is enough for a single 6970.
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September 21, 2011 12:36:37 PM

Don't look only at wattage... CX series isn't for a High End PC..

Even this PSU is great for 6970 thanks to his rail

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 21, 2011 1:07:23 PM



Not sure if a 650w PSU is a good idea for a GTX580? 700-750w recommended? With 900-1KW for SLI?

Motherboard also seems fairly cheap and lacking features, only 1 PCIe x16 ?

ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 would be a much better motherboard choice.
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September 21, 2011 2:12:33 PM



while this is a <$1000 build, you end up sacrificing MoBo quality, HDD speed, and future upgrade costs... ive decided to get this GTX 580 and play the Rebate game:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and im going to switch to the 650w PSU, even though the GTX 580 has less TDP than the 6970. thanks guys, you CAN get a 580 for <$1000... if you play the rebate game.
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September 21, 2011 2:28:43 PM

Best answer selected by yukijin.
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