New Gaming Build, which GPU?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: either this week or next
BUDGET RANGE: around $200

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Tera and Diablo 3 mostly


OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard.
i5 - 2400
8gb crucial RAM


PARTS PREFERENCES: cant decide between AMD or nvidia


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23'' 1920x1080

This is more or less what I'm going to order:

Tera requirements:
• OS: Windows XP, VISTA or 7 (Latest Service Pack)
• CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or Intel Core2 Duo E6750 2.66G
• RAM: 2 GB or greater
• GPU: AMD Radeon HD 3870 or Geforce 8800GT
• HDD: 30 GB of hard drive space
• DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

Diablo 3 requirements:
-Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c
-Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+
-NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
-1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7)

Basically I'm building my first gaming computer and I'm pretty set with the majority of the components. I'm not overly interested in OC, seeing as how I'm getting the 2400 instead of the 2500k, so I need a card that will run everything on max settings w/o OC. I've been looking at the GTX560 as it's only $180 but I can't seem to commit to it with so many cards out there and the release of the GTX 600 series I assume the prices of the 500's will drop a little in the coming weeks.

Any suggestions?
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  1. Best answer
    If you aren't getting a 2500k, don't bother with the hyper 212 plus. The stock cooler is fine, these CPUs run way cooler than any previous Intel CPU.

    But you really should consider the 2500k, it will extend the life of the CPU as eventually it will get outdated, and you can easily get an extra 1ghz (and more) out of it.

    Anyway for around $200 you should look at the GTX 560 Ti
  2. The prices will continue dropping. That's nothing you can do about it. That's how world of computing works.

    Anyway, GTX 560 would be a solid choice. However, you didn't state your budget.
  3. @wolfram23 ok, that does make sense I suppose its worth the extra $40 for the 2500k as that was what I was originally looking to get anyway.

    You don't think that it would be worth getting an AMD card and just getting the 560ti? This is a very good card and I had been looking into it for a while so I may just go with the twin frozr 560ti

    @Sunius budget was in the 2nd line (around $200), also quite aware that the prices always drop but I imagined (hoped) that with the release of their new series the prices would drop within a couple weeks at least $20-40 and wasn't sure if you guys would recommend waiting a couple weeks
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  5. My advice is a 6950 of the 2gb flavor, plus they scale really well in corssfire. The 560 ti think only allows one card in SLI and the 6950 allows up to 4 cards and can be unlocked to 6970
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