I recently purchased this from newegg:
1 x Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
1 x Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers
1 x Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
1 x ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,two-toned interior coating,come with Three Fans,Support up to 7 Fans, w/ Window Side Panel
This is going to replace a 3 yr old Gateway SX2800-03 that has a bad mobo. I decided to go with this build because it can be family friendly and still do some gaming. I am most looking forward to Diablo III and I also would like to play Skyrim. I am trying to find the best bang for my buck video card to play these games on native res of my monitor, 1680x1050 with the highest quality. I have a budget of ~250 but... I want best bang for my buck as well, so if a 550ti at 100 bucks is going to handle them both very well and there's negligible difference with a 560ti or 7750, then i'd rather save the money and go that route. This computer wasn't built for extreme upgradability, but it is versatile in my opinion at the least. This will be my families primary PC, and it will provide Media Player ability to a couple of xbox's hooked in the other rooms via wifi. Any thoughts or ideas on the video card and/or the build are welcome. Thanks for reading and posting.
There is an awesome deal right now on 6870 for $129.99 which is slightly slower than $200 560Ti ....you can not beat that much performance for than low.
550Ti is [peep] no match for 6850 or 6870 so don't even think about going that route
if you like nvidia get 560Ti cheapest for $185 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like your input, I am very much considering this card, it's definitely in my budget and from the benchmarks i'm reading it compares closely with higher tiered cards... would there be any noticeable drawbacks or should i just stop being shy and pull the trigger?