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July 25, 2011 3:35:40 AM

Here are the specs on the pc i'm building, need to know which card will be " THE ONE "

--intel i5 2500 sandy bridge 3.3ghz

--GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

--G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

--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

putting it all into a azza hurrican 2000 case !

Was thinking about one of these two cards

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

maybe do dual monitors down the road, most likely not. I'll be using it for all games, mostly nascar 2003 with all sorts of mods and IRACING ! crysis 2 and all the war games, want awesome FPS ! any suggestions are greatly appreciated

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July 25, 2011 3:49:57 AM

If you have the choice between these two card take the HIS card it is a step up from the the EVGA card.
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July 25, 2011 4:07:08 AM

The HD6950 2gb is certainly the better card.
Why don't you give us a budget rather than just two cards to pick between? What resolution will you be using? You mentioned dual monitors but that isn't usually appropriate for gaming. Three monitors is however;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7_Jts9pf-o
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July 25, 2011 4:17:37 AM

I dont know what resolution haha. I'll mostly be playing on a 47 inch lcd if that helps. My budget is from 150$ to 300$ on the video card, all my other specs look good before i order stuff?
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July 25, 2011 9:54:04 AM

how big of a difference gaming wise? graphics wise? with my other components will it be noticable big time?
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July 25, 2011 5:38:47 PM

definitely go with the 6950 2GB. Its on top of the price / performance lists.
Also get the i5 2500K

Good Luck
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 25, 2011 11:40:59 PM

fishinman111 said:
how big of a difference gaming wise? graphics wise? with my other components will it be noticable big time?

The HD6950 2GB is approximately 40% faster than a reference GTX 460. The specific cards you are looking at do both have factory overclocks of a similar size but in general the 460 has more headroom/better scaling when it comes to an OC. As for a general recommendation a card in between the two you mention that may be a better value for the money is the GTX 560 Ti.

gametstr said:
Also get the i5 2500K

Yeah, the i5-2500K can be overclocked and these processors can usually get up to 4.5 ghz pretty easily which is sweet.
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July 26, 2011 1:18:41 AM

i've never overclocked , how dangerous can it be on the processor ? I'm spending a few $ on this setup, dont wanna screw it up haha
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July 26, 2011 1:26:59 AM

It's actually quite safe at this point. Processors have built in safety features that prevent you from running them hotter than they can handle. There are plenty of guides online if you want to read up on it. It can seem a little complex but its really just a matter of changing a few settings in the BIOS as long as you aren't trying to push things to the absolute farthest they can go which can get tricky.
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July 26, 2011 1:27:42 AM

Do not use the stock cpu cooler, that is most important. If you are a budget the cooler master 212+ is the best bang for your buck. If you really like to keep it cool for 100 bucks it beats those garbage pre-built liquid coolers the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Its huge but if you do not mind the size and ugly ass colour this is the best air cooler. For overclocking leave the base clock and use the multiplier. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/07/how-to...
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