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February 6, 2012 4:21:34 PM

Hey folks, seeking some advice here.

Here's my rig: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just upgraded the ram to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I upgraded the ram because my rig shipped with a dead stick of ram, and I've been getting impatient waiting for the replacement stick to come. I'll be using the rig hopefully for the next 3 or so years, so I figure the 16gb ram can't hurt. I'll just transfer the 8 gigs to my old rig that my girlfriend will be using to play d3 with me.

CPU related side nite: I will also most likely be buying an after market cooler for my CPU so that I can overclock it to ~4.5 ghz.

That being said, I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card in the rig as well, hopefully without the need to purchase a new PSU. My budget for the graphics card would be ~$300, I suppose I would be willing to throw $350 at it if I could find one worth the extra $50.

So... questions:

1) GPU recommendations?
2) If necessary, PSU recommendations?

Thank you all in advance for any advice! :) 
a c 109 U Graphics card
February 6, 2012 4:30:23 PM

6850 for crossfire.
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February 6, 2012 4:37:22 PM

Totally cool that your girl is playing D3 with you! :sol: 

For Diablo 3, I think your i7 stock is golden as is, no OC required. I could be wrong, but your rig looks nice on paper.

I would go for the dual 6850s.

Powercolor has always been good to my friends, they are ATI Fanboys.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 6, 2012 5:18:06 PM

Crossfire 6850's would outperform a 2g 6970? or gtx 570?
And I play BF3, Skyrim, Crysis 2 etc... I also want this rig to last me, this isn't just for Diablo 3 or I would have kept my old setup lol.

Edit: Seems clear after a brief bit of research that I should just xfire the 6850's and thanks for the guidance.
Question is will that stock 600W power supply cut it? My guess is that I will need to upgrade, but I am no tech guru. Any suggestions on which PSU?
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February 6, 2012 5:19:32 PM

And why have the i7 2600k if I'm not going to overclock it? :-P
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February 6, 2012 6:45:26 PM

Modular is good if you are planning to use something like xfire or SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a bit pricy. I hear a lot of good things about this PSU.

If you dont want or need modular (possibly because you have a Full ATX case or plenty of clearance room) I would go with..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the second one is what i have been running for almost 6 months now. I like the changeable LED light, goes great with all my other blue LEDs with my case.

I can possibly help you continue your search if you can inform me of a price range, and your case model.

P.S. The 2600k is an overclockers toy, lol. Just stock as is, already pretty good.
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February 6, 2012 8:31:14 PM

Got some advice over in the PSU section as well so I should be good to go. Thank you for your help Dejay
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a b U Graphics card
February 6, 2012 8:55:56 PM

Id go with a 6970 or a 570 rather than 2 6850s. No upgrade path with those 2 mid range cards.
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February 6, 2012 9:12:59 PM

nudd said:
Got some advice over in the PSU section as well so I should be good to go. Thank you for your help Dejay


Im glad I could help. Enjoy D3, I know I will.
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a b U Graphics card
February 6, 2012 9:16:33 PM

nudd said:
Crossfire 6850's would outperform a 2g 6970? or gtx 570?
And I play BF3, Skyrim, Crysis 2 etc... I also want this rig to last me, this isn't just for Diablo 3 or I would have kept my old setup lol.

Edit: Seems clear after a brief bit of research that I should just xfire the 6850's and thanks for the guidance.
Question is will that stock 600W power supply cut it? My guess is that I will need to upgrade, but I am no tech guru. Any suggestions on which PSU?


if you play skyrim there is about 20fps difference from 3.4 and 4.2ghz in that game so an overclock wouldnt hurt.
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