Alright, I'm going to try and do this by the 'book' and answer all questions up front right away about what you'll be 'working with'. This build is not complete [hence the help request]. I'd also like to ask to please refrain from asking me why I bought one item over another. I'm almost positive that what I've bought here will make no sense to some and I'm also sure that if I had asked for help in the beginning, I could probably have saved a few hundred hairs.
I bought this all in anticipation of building a new computer because I've finally landed a job where I can afford it [irrelevant personal reasons] and its my first one.
I take full responsibility for being a dumbass should anything go wrong.
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced (Dimensions: 22.70" x 9.00" x 21.50") (Cooling: 1 x 140mm rear fan, 1 x 230mm front red LED fan, 1 x 230mm top fan, 1 x 230mm side fan)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD70
RAM: G.Skill Sniper [2x4GB]
PSU: Corsair CX600 V2
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I want to make this purchase as soon as I can. This week would be ideal but I'm not sure how Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals fare for video cards so let me know upfront if I should hold on till then for your recommendation.
BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: USD $150-250) [Before / After Rebates]: Honestly, thats a tricky question right now since I'm looking at an SSD as a boot [Crucial M4 64GB @ $119.99] so around $150-$200 ($250 MAX) Before rebate please.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 1 - Blu-Ray movies hooked up to my TV through HDMI 2 - Gaming. I'm not going to be playing a massive amount of games [Skyrim, NBA 2K series & POSSIBLY the Mass Effect series to name a few] to start but I do want to be able to play those on the highest settings where possible. 3 - Adobe CS Master Collection/Video Editing
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None. Wherever you're able to find one with least amount of shipping works for me.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Honestly, I've looked at both nVidia and AMD/ATI to find differences in features and I couldn't tell you one way or another which one is superior. Whichever works best with my setup/usage. Brand-wise, I'd like to keep it in the area of MSI, XFX, Gigabyte or ASUS if possible. If not, no big deal.
OVERCLOCKING: MAYBE. I'm still on the fence on whether I want to crank up the card to 11 so by all means, if you've got a reason, let me hear it.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Another tricky topic. I'm currently on an ACER AL1916W with a supported resolution of 1440x900@75Hz but again, I'm also going to be hooking up to my TV with a supported resolution of 1920X1080 through HDMI. I plan on upgrading my actual monitor in time but for now this will unfortunately be what I work with.
Hopefully this gives you guys/gals a pretty good idea of what I'm working with and what I want to do. I will answer any/all questions the best I can. Thank you for your help.
Nothing personal, but I kinda need some better advice than just to read 7 reviews. Why should I pick it over another brand of 6950? What does this have that a 6970 doesn't? Does nVidia have a similar card for cheaper? I'm trying to put some serious thought into this because it's going to last me at LEAST 5 years.
Narrow down your budget a little more closely, then come back.
And because sosofm mentioned it, here is jsc's primer on How to Read newegg Reviews:
newegg reviews can be very useful. You just need to know how to read them.
First, total the one and two egg reviews. If there are more than 20% or at most 30% bad reviews, skip the product.
Then read the bad reviews. They will fall into three categories: those written by newbs and "don't have a clue" people, those who found shortcomings that may or may not apply to you, and those that indicate a truly bad product. Pay close attention to the second and third categories.
If you see 100% 5 eggs ratings, you are looking at review inflation. People buy something and it works. Then they give the thing 5 eggs. As far as I am concerned, "just working" deserves an average 3 egg rating.
Here's a good example (personally relevant to me) of review inflation: the 81% 5 egg rating for the Antec 900 case (one of the first "gamer cases - excellent cooling). It is also a dated design - lots of screws. I would give it no more than 4 eggs because of the truly awful cable management. And I own three of them - all modded ... for better cable management.