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December 12, 2011 10:42:30 PM

Hi I'm building a PC and want to run everything smoothly, I game a lot.

I'm getting the intel i5 2500k
Fatal1ty P67 Professional mobo (I love the xfast lan and what not really does help in WoW)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

What graphics card should I buy?

I need all sorts of combos i.e sli, crossfire, single amd card, and single nvidia card.

Either NVidia or AMD will be good, I have no preference. I was thinking 550 TI Sli? Please help!
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December 12, 2011 10:48:51 PM

Skip the dual card solution and start thinking single card minimum HD6950 or GTX560Ti!
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December 12, 2011 10:52:47 PM

rolli59 said:
Skip the dual card solution and start thinking single card minimum HD6950 or GTX560Ti!

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And what is your res?
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December 12, 2011 10:58:59 PM

I haven't figured that out yet, but it's a one monitor set up :[. It will increase later though, how much later I do not know. I know it'll either have 120hz or 60hz (fps caps T-T).
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December 12, 2011 11:00:02 PM

So which 1 card should I purchase? Will it be less than 270? More performance for the $? And along with your suggestion of video card please let me know how much power supply I would need to run everything, keep in mind I will overclock!
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December 12, 2011 11:03:43 PM

Roxas2030 said:
Hi I'm building a PC and want to run everything smoothly, I game a lot.

I'm getting the intel i5 2500k
Fatal1ty P67 Professional mobo (I love the xfast lan and what not really does help in WoW)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

What graphics card should I buy?

I need all sorts of combos i.e sli, crossfire, single amd card, and single nvidia card.

Either NVidia or AMD will be good, I have no preference. I was thinking 550 TI Sli? Please help!

Radeon HD 6870/6850 is the only cards worth getting brand new today if you value your hard earned money and it will do you well while you are waiting for the next gen of cards from both camps that will hopefully be worth the money spent because the Radeon 69xx and Geforce 5xx are not worth the asking price for the performance they produce in return.
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December 12, 2011 11:12:26 PM

Headspin_69 said:
Radeon HD 6870/6850 is the only cards worth getting brand new today if you value your hard earned money and it will do you well while you are waiting for the next gen of cards from both camps that will hopefully be worth the money spent because the Radeon 69xx and Geforce 5xx are not worth the asking price for the performance they produce in return.

LOL! You have one!
Here is many cards multiple games average performance http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro...
Here BF3 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...
Here Skyrim http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...
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December 12, 2011 11:15:57 PM

For that price range, I would suggest a single AMD... I think the HD6950 is right around $250. You would have to talk to someone else (or do your own research) to figure out which brand is best for that card. I am wary of your intent to overclock... do you have experience doing so?
At any rate, a 500 watt power supply should be sufficient. Go for bronze or better, and make sure you get a well rated brand. The greater efficiency will mean less heat.
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December 12, 2011 11:22:58 PM

Yes I've overclocked only once before haha. I'm running an AMD Phenom IIX4 (stock 3.5) at 4.0 Ghz (/w stock voltage (didn't wanna mess with that).
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