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Building a new rig - which GPU would best complement it?

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November 5, 2011 12:43:16 AM

1)
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-MSI 990XA-GD55 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
-AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX

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-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
-GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


So first question, which build is better? The intel or AMD one?

Secondly, which card would best complement each build. I'm looking between a GTX 570, and a HD6950. If you could, when you state which card, can you include manufacture because I can't decide for either GPU either.

And if anything should be altered in the above builds to make them better, please let me know.
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November 5, 2011 12:45:57 AM

The second build is much better.
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November 5, 2011 12:49:05 AM

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The second build is much better.


Is there any particular reason why? The AMD one seems to give you more for your money, or is that incorrect? Also, is the i5-2500k good, or do I need to go for an i7? (So much more expensive...)
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November 5, 2011 12:50:48 AM

Go for the Intel build. As for GPUs, more information would help the decision process.

Games you play or will be playing? # of monitors? Screen resolution? Any ideas on your PSU?
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November 5, 2011 1:03:15 AM

zorphon said:
Is there any particular reason why? The AMD one seems to give you more for your money, or is that incorrect? Also, is the i5-2500k good, or do I need to go for an i7? (So much more expensive...)


i5 2500k is the BEST for gaming. It definitely gives more for your money. i7 does not offer any huge performance advantages in gaming.
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November 5, 2011 1:54:05 AM

The Second One Hands down.

Far as the Videocard it depends on your set up.
  • Are you going with dual or triple monitors?
  • What resolution do you plan to run?
  • Do you have any plans for SLI or Crossfire?

    If you are going with a single monitor and Videocard I would say the GTX570. Far as manufactures I would say EVGA is thee best for Nvidia.

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

    If you are going with multi-monitors or with a multi-card set up a 2GB HD6950 might be worth getting due to extra onboard ram. However EVGA does have a 2.5 GB version of the GTX570. Sapphire, XFX, & HIS tend to be the best AMD vendors.

    ASUS makes good cards too for both AMD and Nvidia.

    I must say however Nvidia does DX11 Tessellation much better than AMD.
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    November 5, 2011 2:09:05 AM

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