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Advice on new <$950 gaming build?

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April 7, 2012 11:57:02 PM

Okay, i made up a list, i need you to tell me if everything will fit together and if it will be good for gaming? thanks.

Will the motherboard i list be able to upgrade to IB if i do upgrade and will it be able to SLI in future?

Parts i dont need- OS, Monitor, Keyboard/mouse, Optical drive, speakers. ONLY TOWER.

Website - www.pccasegear.com

CPU- Intel core i5 2500k - $215 ( im unsure of weather to wait for IB or not, because my birthday is April 21st and IB is suppose to come out on 29th, will it be a huge improvement or not?

GPU- ASUS GeForce GTX 560Ti DirectCU II TOP 1GB - $255 (is that the best price for for what you get?)

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H - $139

Case- CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer - $99

PSU- Antec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply HCG-520 - $79

HDD- Seagate Barracuda 500GB ST500DM002 - $79

RAM- Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $59

CPU Cooler- CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Evo- $29

Does this look like a good build? will it all fit together and be good for gaming?

April 8, 2012 12:01:55 AM

All is well.
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April 8, 2012 12:34:06 AM

Up to you weither you want to wait the extra week, there's only supposed to be around a 10% improvement over SB.
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April 8, 2012 1:14:46 AM

For a GTX 560 Ti I would check out the MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk. Awesome cooling solution, heavy duty components, extra power phases for overclocking, and known to run at 1000+MHz without voltage tweeks, and over 1100MHz at max voltage which puts it solidly into GTX 570 territory. Great card and the same price as your Asus one (which is also a good choice).
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April 8, 2012 1:39:14 AM

87ninefiveone said:
For a GTX 560 Ti I would check out the MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk. Awesome cooling solution, heavy duty components, extra power phases for overclocking, and known to run at 1000+MHz without voltage tweeks, and over 1100MHz at max voltage which puts it solidly into GTX 570 territory. Great card and the same price as your Asus one (which is also a good choice).

I would check out the 7850, more overclock-able than the 560 ti. You can get it to near 7950 performance pretty easily. And it's a newer generation card. The only downside is the AMD part. That means somewhat unstable drivers sometimes, a lack of support in a lot of ways, and of course you might just prefer Nvidia. If you prefer Nvidia to AMD, then you should wait for the 660 ti.
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April 8, 2012 2:05:43 AM

I am using the 7950 and have no issues in games.
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April 8, 2012 2:32:09 AM

At $250 the HD 7850 is another good option. But it doesn't have the coolness factor of the 560 Ti Hawk. At least not until MSI releases a Hawk version of the 7850.
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April 8, 2012 6:05:46 PM

87ninefiveone said:
At $250 the HD 7850 is another good option. But it doesn't have the coolness factor of the 560 Ti Hawk. At least not until MSI releases a Hawk version of the 7850.

Good point, but the storm doesn't have the greatest airflow. I was thinking 7850 because of the full card shroud. It all of it's air out the back while the hawk exhausts into the case, relying on good ventilation to keep it cool. Although, I might be missing something. If I am please correct me.
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