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Is this a good gaming build (800-950)

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February 13, 2012 11:37:43 PM
February 14, 2012 12:37:47 AM

First things first. You don't need a hdd that big, if you are going to sacrifice speed. Since this is a gaming build you are going to want something faster. Apart from ram, the loading time of games depends A LOT on your hdd, and so does loading textures while in game. For an extra $10, you can grab a 6950 instead of the 560 Ti. It out performs i by quite a bit (see here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/330?vs=331 ) The ram you have chosen is perfect. The motherboard is okay. Gigabyte is becoming a more reliable company, their products are improving. I would feel safe with that mother board. And that cpu should suit your needs just fine.
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February 14, 2012 12:52:59 AM

Personally I would change your HDD to this: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM

This is a much better HDD than the Seagate and the same price.

I agree with the 6950 suggestion over the 560ti.

The motherboard and processor are a really good combo.
a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2012 5:34:34 AM

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a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2012 2:56:03 PM

Just keep the 560ti. The difference to the 6950 is hardly enough to justify for you to pay more. They're not the difference between playable and not playable. The 6950 does consumes less power though, if you want a more power saving card. Never get a green drive for OS. They're not made for installing OS. You can save a bit by getting the tx650 instead of the 750, it's more than enough for that build
February 14, 2012 3:08:59 PM

yeah and they say 6950 takes up more power
February 14, 2012 6:17:47 PM

No. The 6950 consumes much less power, and you get more frames per dollar. Also, it's only another $10. That's not a whole lot. Plus, the 6950 is XFX, and their return policy is amazing. My friend fried a gpu by hooking it up to 2 power supplies and they took it right back and gave him a new one. It's worth the extra money.
a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2012 10:55:00 PM

Actually according to AnAndTech
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/330?vs=331
The 6950 consumes 20w less than the 560 Ti on Crysis 2 Load and 50w less in Furmark.

Both are nice cards no doubt, it just depends on the games the person will play IMO.
a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2012 11:03:46 PM

That 560 ti I posted for $210 is a bargain. Just overclock it and it's good to go. Later on when the money is available get an after market cpu h/s and boost up the cpu to 4.4Ghz.
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 12:19:05 AM

No one on this thread says the 6950 consumes more power than the 560ti. It's just what most people speculate without doing any proper research. You don't need a z68 motherboard if you're not doing any overclocking or SSD caching(Intel SRT), an H67 board is also fine.
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 12:28:18 AM

EzioAs said:
No one on this thread says the 6950 consumes more power than the 560ti. It's just what most people speculate without doing any proper research. You don't need a z68 motherboard if you're not doing any overclocking or SSD caching(Intel SRT), an H67 board is also fine.

You have no option to go with a dual card set up with a H61/H67 board and seeing how that OP had a 750w psu in his build I'm guessing he wants to leave that option open.
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 12:37:13 AM

Look clearer Ezio, Xtreme says that.
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 12:43:13 AM

No, Xtreme is just pointing out that other people assumes a 6950 consumes more power than a 560ti. It's probably just sarcasm
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2012 1:04:25 AM

Ohhhh I see...
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