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February 22, 2012 12:25:09 PM

Hey all, looking to build a new computer within the next few weeks. I haven't built a computer for about 4 years now and am just looking to get my legs back. Anyway, how does this look so far?

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Approximate Purchase Date: The next few weeks

Budget Range: 900-1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Audio Editing, Media, Web surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, speakers, sound card, Operating System.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Do not care about quiet components. I am also torn on the GPU, when looking at benchmarks it looks like the GTX 480 is the better buy between it and the HD 6950, but I do see a lot more suggestions for the 6950, why is this? The case is not decided on yet, but I will just tack that cost on after.

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Motherboard: Asus ASRock Z68 Extreme3

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB DDR3

GPU: Radeon HD 6950 1GB

SSD: Corsair Force Series 3

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 750W
February 22, 2012 12:38:55 PM

Looks like a solid build, i'd say theres little difference in the 480 or 6950, your choice really.
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February 22, 2012 2:16:17 PM
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February 22, 2012 3:00:55 PM

pentacube said:
I am also torn on the GPU, when looking at benchmarks it looks like the GTX 480 is the better buy between it and the HD 6950, but I do see a lot more suggestions for the 6950, why is this?

Because some people do care about quietness, power consumption, heat output etc. Obviously if performance trumps all that in your mind then the GTX 480 is the better choice.

I would suggest an 850W as a minimum for a system with two GTX 480s, 1000W preferable.
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February 22, 2012 3:12:44 PM

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February 23, 2012 2:11:09 AM

Best answer selected by pentacube.
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