First Gaming PC, looking for GPU

***First post on this website, sorry if I don't follow the posting format correctly.***

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week

Budget Range: $600-$800 (Before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (pretty much just D3 for now), web surfing, school

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Pretty much just compatible parts

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Like i said, first time builder here. I would kind of like a flashy case with some LED lights so I can show it off to my friends as long as it doesn't affect physically affect the components.

Here is my build so far, feel free to comment on my current build. As far as the GPU, I've narrowed it down to 3 that i think are pretty similar.

i-5 2500, about $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

4GB RAM, about $22, Don't think ill need much more for D3? Can always upgrade in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310

Seagate Barrcuda 7200, about $80
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CT56R6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Gigabyte MOBO, about $55
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PX3UYA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Antec 520W, about $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

This is where I kind of need some help. I've narrowed it down to 3 GPU's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-ASUS-_-14121425

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-MSI-_-14127565

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610


Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if this is a really long post too, I'm just trying to follow some of the formats I have seen before.

Thanks!
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  1. The format your copying is a form in the new build section.

    Anyways they are all good, personally I would probably go with the MSI since it's so much cheaper.

    Everything looks good but the ram. You need 2 sticks for dual channel mode, not 1. So look for a 2x4GB kit, they can be found around $30 if you look hard enough, or go for a 2x2GB kit, which I would NOT recommend because then all your slots are filled.

    Or

    Look for a model of that board with 4 dimm slots.
  2. hello;

    like geekapproved said you need 2 sticks of ram to take advantage of dual channel, as for vga i have gigabyte gtx560 without ti, i was told ti runs hot, and if you bought gtx560 you can overclock it and have same results as ti version, here is the link to my vga:

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3881#ov

    regards...
  3. You cannot overclock a GTX560 and get the same results as 560ti.

    The 560ti has 112 more CUDA cores than the 560.
  4. geekapproved said:
    You cannot overclock a GTX560 and get the same results as 560ti.

    The 560ti has 112 more CUDA cores than the 560.

    hello;

    if you overclock the gtx560 you will have about the same results as 560ti.

    (read the last paragraph on this link)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-17.html

    geekapproved stop sending me bashing pms or i will report you, and first check before answerinng to posters!
  5. You could do slightly better.
    Check out my $650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    The 7850 is only slightly more but performs much better. After overclocking the GPU, which is easy I hear you really only have to slide the bar to the max in AMD overdrive (drivers), will perform as well as the GTX 580 and a 7870. Much better than how far you can push the 560 Ti, which is only about the level of a GTX 570.
  6. I think something everyone is forgetting here is what settings OP would like to play on.
  7. Also you'd do better spending some more money on the motherboard, someting most people ignore and just get some cheapo one. Your motherboard, in my opinion, is the most important part.
  8. ^ Not true, cheaper boards like the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 runs SLI, overclocks well and supports PCIe 3.0 at a low price. It performs just as good as more expensive Asus boards. IE Asus P8Z77 or Z68 Pro.
  9. aznshinobi said:
    ^ Not true, cheaper boards like the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 runs SLI, overclocks well and supports PCIe 3.0 at a low price. It performs just as good as more expensive Asus boards. IE Asus P8Z77 or Z68 Pro.

    Well true, but it has very little expand-ability and I've read more poor reviews about gigabyte products than asus's.
  10. What expandability? Like upgradeability? I don't know more than a few select gamers that ACTUALLY need Tri-SLI/or Tri-CF let alone Quad. Those setups are just ridiculous.
  11. jhafner said:
    hello;

    if you overclock the gtx560 you will have about the same results as 560ti.

    (read the last paragraph on this link)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-17.html

    geekapproved stop sending me bashing pms or i will report you, and first check before answerinng to posters!



    Please report me!!! I would love a moderator to review my "bashing" pm. :sleep:
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