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First Gaming PC, looking for GPU

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May 12, 2012 6:19:54 PM

***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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Seagate Barrcuda 7200, about $80
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CT56R6/ref=ox_sc_a...

Gigabyte MOBO, about $55
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PX3UYA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Antec 520W, about $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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

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


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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a b B Homebuilt system
May 12, 2012 7:13:02 PM

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.
May 12, 2012 8:03:22 PM

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=...

regards...


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a b B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2012 12:09:25 AM

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

The 560ti has 112 more CUDA cores than the 560.
May 13, 2012 4:28:36 PM

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...

geekapproved stop sending me bashing pms or i will report you, and first check before answerinng to posters!
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2012 5:18:21 PM

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.
May 13, 2012 11:38:55 PM

I think something everyone is forgetting here is what settings OP would like to play on.
May 13, 2012 11:39:51 PM

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.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2012 11:45:41 PM

^ 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.
May 14, 2012 5:19:38 AM

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.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
May 14, 2012 6:51:46 AM

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.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 23, 2012 11:30:17 PM

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...

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: 
!