1) I can't go with intel, CPU+Mobo would cost a lot more and i won't be able to afford this GPU.
2) I can't go with MSI/EVGA/whatever version of the card because it's more expensive, and i couldn't afford it.
3) In Serbia, we don't have antec and corsair PSUs, so they aren't an option
4) Haf 912 is a great budget case in the US, but it's grossly overpriced where i live ( Serbia ), so that isn't an option. We also don't have antec ( like i said ), so i can't get the 300.
Anithing i should change ( besides the 4 things i listed above )?
Which one is the best? If they don't differ much i'll stay with leadtek and save some money, but if there is noticable difference between them ( in both performance and quality ) i can add some money and buy the more expensive one. Now, this seems pretty weird to me, the MSI Hawk which i'm pretty sure is better than the regular msi gtx 560 ti is cheaper than it. Is it better?
If there is a difference in price, you should know that the memory controller on the CPU is 1333Mhz. You can run the ram at 1600 Mhz, but that would be an overclock setting and it will default to DDR3 1333 speed. So if DDR3 1333 memory is cheaper/ better timings than I would go with that.
I'll go with msi's twin frozr II gtx 560 ti. The Hawk does perform better, but reviews say it's loud, and i hate loud. It also consumes less power. I'll reuse my Cooler Master Vortex + CPU cooler and 2 1200rpm 12cm recom coolers. They were very cheap but get the job done.
EDIT: Still... I don't know if i should sacrifice the performance for a lower sound... What do you think?
EDIT: What about intel? I made an intel build which should equal if not better than this PC ( in gaming ):
Asus P8Z68-V LX ( I know it has no SLI, but i probably wouldn't even use it anyway )
4GB Kingston Genesis Grey DDR3 1600MHz ( had to downgrade to 4 because of the more expensive mobo and CPU )
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti
I will go with this unless someone states a good reason not to. I will also upgrade to ivy bridge in a year or two.
I haven't bought the pc yet ( i dunno wtf i'm waiting for ) , and there's a small discount on MSI's Radeon HD 6950 2gb, so it costs almost the same as the 560 ti. I don't know what to buy! Do i need the 6950 if i game at 1680x1050? Will it be more future-proof?
In the sytem builder marathons on this site last year Toms built a $500 machine using an i3 2100 and a $500 machine using an AMD quad
The AMD machine smashed the i3 everywhere , except gaming where it was a little behind . And then they overclocked the phenom[ which you cant do to the i3] and then it beat the intel there too .
The i3 is not the budget cpu choice for gamers , [ or anything really ]
Benchmarks like anandtechs on clean machines that no one would build ..like a way expensive graphics card in a budget board with a budget cpu ..... are worse than meaningless . They are misleading .
The AMD quad wins in the real world , and by a very decent margin