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May 12, 2012 3:34:38 AM

Ok so I have about $1500 to spend on a new pc along with 2 monitors. So far this is what I have:

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD + DVD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU + RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
KB + Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU + MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor(x2):http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want to keep everything as it is, but the case is debatable as I wanted it to be close to $1500.
The main question I have is whether I should get a GTX 560 ti 448 that comes with BF3 or wait for the specific version of the 670 to become available again.
The 560 ti 448: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I won't have to play on ultra on bf3 but it'd be nice to be able to. I know both cards can run bf3 on ultra but I'd like to keep at least 60 fps constant for .
I know it makes sense to get the cheaper card since i'm not gonna play on ultra and it'll save me an extra $60, but the 670 would be future proof for quite a while longer

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a b C Monitor
May 12, 2012 4:49:18 AM

The case is too small. For a case with front 3.0 USB ports that's not much more $ look at the Corsair 300R @ newegg and amazon for free shipping for $75. Also that board doesn't run dual vid cards. It's a single card board.

You do not want that 560 ti. Look at either the gtx 670 or the amd 7870. And yes there are 670's on newegg atm that are available or at least there were an hour ago.
May 12, 2012 4:51:32 AM

Why_Me said:
The case is too small. For a case with front 3.0 USB ports that's not much more $ look at the Corsair 300R @ newegg and amazon for free shipping for $75. Also that board doesn't run dual vid cards. It's a single card board.

You do not want that 560 ti. Look at either the gtx 670 or the amd 7870. And yes there are 670's on newegg atm that are available or at least there were an hour ago.

I actually was gonna get the 300r before the 670 came out. But with my entire budget including two monitors being $1500 I don't think i can spend almost 1/3 of it on the vid card. I also wouldn't wanna do dual video cards.
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a b C Monitor
May 12, 2012 5:10:34 AM
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bdt13334 said:
I actually was gonna get the 300r before the 670 came out. But with my entire budget including two monitors being $1500 I don't think i can spend almost 1/3 of it on the vid card. I also wouldn't wanna do dual video cards.

When I saw the 750w psu you had in that link I took it for granted you planned on running dual cards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 - $44.99 after mail-in rebate card
OCZ ZS Series 550W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $334.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <---- review of that card w/benchmarks
May 12, 2012 6:06:13 AM

Why_Me said:
When I saw the 750w psu you had in that link I took it for granted you planned on running dual cards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 - $44.99 after mail-in rebate card
OCZ ZS Series 550W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $334.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <---- review of that card w/benchmarks

Wow thanks for all that info. I know this is going to sound a bit fanboy-ish, but I don't really have a side yet because this is my first build haha, I never considered an AMD card. I just thought that intel and nvidia would go well together as like 6 of my friends have that and 2 have the AMD setup.
a b C Monitor
May 12, 2012 7:24:31 AM

bdt13334 said:
Wow thanks for all that info. I know this is going to sound a bit fanboy-ish, but I don't really have a side yet because this is my first build haha, I never considered an AMD card. I just thought that intel and nvidia would go well together as like 6 of my friends have that and 2 have the AMD setup.

Until Nvidia releases the 660 ti (rumored to be at the end of this summer), AMD owns that segment of the market (price range).
May 12, 2012 12:21:45 PM

Why_Me said:
Until Nvidia releases the 660 ti (rumored to be at the end of this summer), AMD owns that segment of the market (price range).

Wow yeah from the benchmarks I can tell. It completely dominates the 570 and isn't too far behind the 670
May 12, 2012 12:53:18 PM

There is NO reason to get AMD over gtx 670 if you can spend the extra money.
May 12, 2012 1:01:00 PM

Azok said:
There is NO reason to get AMD over gtx 670 if you can spend the extra money.

But the one I want is currently sold out and I'm ordering everything next weekend after graduation so...
Well i might just go with another brand though
a b C Monitor
May 12, 2012 6:35:36 PM

might want to go with a good heatsink rather than the liquid cooler. the tiny radiator isnt all that great. get something like the hyper 212 evo or a noctua nh-u12p
May 13, 2012 5:09:24 AM

TheBigTroll said:
might want to go with a good heatsink rather than the liquid cooler. the tiny radiator isnt all that great. get something like the hyper 212 evo or a noctua nh-u12p

I think i might do this, but is the hyper 212 good enough to oc the 3570k to like 4.5ghz? or somewhere around there
May 13, 2012 5:23:28 AM

Get the EVGA SC 670, maybe gigabyte or MSI otherwise.
May 13, 2012 5:28:49 AM

The 670 is my choice over the 560 ti. Future proof is one of my concerns, and the 560 ti will not last very long imo.
May 22, 2012 11:57:33 PM

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