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March 14, 2012 9:41:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: need help on video card

Budget Range: 1000-1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers, moniter

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: doesn't matter

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: w/e is good for a video card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No for now

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900,

Additional Comments: What is a good mechanical keyboard? Using the steelseries 6gv2, but the lettering on the keys wearing out fairly quickly

Case: corsair obsidian 650D
Mobo: ASUS p8z68 v pro
ram : 16gb corsair vengeance 1600 ddr3
cpu : intel 2600k i7
psu: corsair tx750M
bluray : asus 16x blue ray writer
hdd : seagate 1 tb harddrive
no ssd.
video card : ????

What video card would go well with these components to be able to play any/most/new games that come out on medium to high settings?

What is also a good mechanical keyboard?
March 15, 2012 12:16:45 AM

get a GTX 580 or Radeon 7970. don't buy 2 GPUs for a fresh build. some people do that because 2 GPUs make them feel like a bawss. not cool, because not only does it shut doors for upgrade, but it's pretty much like building a house and then immediately hiring a contractor to knock down a wall add another room.

also most people are going to tell you dropping an extra $100 on a 2600k over the 2500k is dumb. you could dump that cash into the GPU and get a better one. the only real benefit, when it comes to gaming, would be throwing around "i7" in conversation with people who have entry level knowledge about processors - i.e. average best buy employee.

also you'd get med/high settings in most games with the GTX 560 TI, but you budget asks for a little more power.

i'd also drop $100 off that case budget and get a 64-90GB SSD for the OS just because the first time i installed mine i went all double rainbow. that's just an opinion though.
March 15, 2012 2:32:39 AM

flossbandit said:
get a GTX 580 or Radeon 7970. don't buy 2 GPUs for a fresh build. some people do that because 2 GPUs make them feel like a bawss. not cool, because not only does it shut doors for upgrade, but it's pretty much like building a house and then immediately hiring a contractor to knock down a wall add another room.

also most people are going to tell you dropping an extra $100 on a 2600k over the 2500k is dumb. you could dump that cash into the GPU and get a better one. the only real benefit, when it comes to gaming, would be throwing around "i7" in conversation with people who have entry level knowledge about processors - i.e. average best buy employee.

also you'd get med/high settings in most games with the GTX 560 TI, but you budget asks for a little more power.

i'd also drop $100 off that case budget and get a 64-90GB SSD for the OS just because the first time i installed mine i went all double rainbow. that's just an opinion though.


Yeh I kinda figured out the 2600k wasn't worth it, and the case wasn't either, but it was boss lol.
I don't want to get a SSD until maybe next year or so, but a gtx 560 ti - gtx 580 seems like my best bet, whats a good brand for video cards, specific ones if you don't mind.

Also, whats the difference between Nvidia cards and the Radeons?
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March 15, 2012 3:33:55 AM

hello op

as u are gaming then a i7 is a overkill and i5 2500k is the best choice for u

u can max on any game with 1440x900 on a 6870 even 1600x900.

But for graphic card i would suggest to wait a few days as 7870 is gonna come out and is as fast as 580. Amd said that the price will be around 300 usd :D 

for keyboard the microsoft sidewinder x4 or razer black widow ultimate

i would suggest

intel i5 2500k
cooler master hyper 212 evo universal cpu cooler
asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
corsair vengence 2x4gb 1600mhz
seasonic x 770w 80+ gold psu
corsair carbide 600t white edition
asus 24x dvd writer
windows 7 pro
muskin treadline 128gb ssd
samsung spinpoint f3 500gb

u wont need more than 8gb ram and wait for graphic card
March 15, 2012 3:51:27 AM

serialkiller said:
hello op
i would suggest

intel i5 2500k
cooler master hyper 212 evo universal cpu cooler
asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
corsair vengence 2x4gb 1600mhz
seasonic x 770w 80+ gold psu
corsair carbide 600t white edition
asus 24x dvd writer
windows 7 pro
muskin treadline 128gb ssd
samsung spinpoint f3 500gb

u wont need more than 8gb ram and wait for graphic card

Any particular reason for recommending Win7 Pro over Win7 Home; is it 64-bit?
March 15, 2012 4:22:04 AM

sorry i ment windows 7 home premium which is x64 as well as x86 :D 
March 15, 2012 4:25:14 AM

if u want the graphic card now then get 6950 or nvidia 560ti 1gb but i wont suggest last gen hardware :p 
March 15, 2012 7:34:53 AM

serialkiller said:
sorry i ment windows 7 home premium which is x64 as well as x86 :D 

Oh ok, thanks.
March 15, 2012 3:17:29 PM

man you should get a higher resolution monitor... such as 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200..... around 23 to 24" in size...


cpu: i5 2500k
mobo: asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
ram: gskill sniper low volatage series 8gb 1600mhz cas9 1.25v
hsf: corsair a70
ssd: mushkin enhanced chronos 120gb
hdd: seagate 1tb
case: corsair 550d
psu: xfx pro850w xxx edition
gpu: galaxy gtx 580 arctic cooling edition
monitor: LG IPS231B-BN Black 23"
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