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i3-2120 w/GTX 560 Ti vs i5-2500k w/GTX 560 SE

Running a resolution of 1280x1024 which would be the better choice for mostly gaming with a little bit of multitasking in Windows 7 x64?
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  1. How about an i5-2400 with a 7850? Get the best of both worlds and it shouldn't deviate too heavily from the price range. 7850 is a better video card than both of them. And the i5-2400 is twice the CPU the i3-2120 is, so that gives you the quad core support that HyperThreading in the i3 can never really give you. Overclocking really isn't that necessary, and thats the main advantage to buying the 2500K over the 2400. You can pair it with a 560 TI if you're dead set on Nvidia.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    The 560 SE (Suck edition), honestly, I think its just a re-packaged GTX 460.
  2. nekulturny said:
    How about an i5-2400 with a 7850? Get the best of both worlds and it shouldn't deviate too heavily from the price range. 7850 is a better video card than both of them. And the i5-2400 is twice the CPU the i3-2120 is, so that gives you the quad core support that HyperThreading in the i3 can never really give you. Overclocking really isn't that necessary, and thats the main advantage to buying the 2500K over the 2400. You can pair it with a 560 TI if you're dead set on Nvidia.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    The 560 SE (Suck edition), honestly, I think its just a re-packaged GTX 460.


    I like your suggestions. I'm not dead set on nvidia just haven't had any experience with ATI. Any good brands you recommend for ATI?
  3. Well, don't get me wrong, the GTX 460 is a great card, but Nvidia really really milked the hell out of it, they still are. They perfected something, so I guess they've earned the right to flaunt it, repackaging it as many times as they have. But its alas its 2 years old now, and better cards have come out since.

    As far as good makers of AMD/ATI, Sapphire is probably the best. Here are a few suggestions to consider and you can play around with this site to get a quick look how they stack up against another:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/372

    Sapphire 6870 (better than 560 SE/GTX 460, but slightly lower than 560 TI)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    Sapphire 6850 (one step down from the above, actually is typically able to overclock well enough to match the 6870)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    Asus 7850 (better than 560 TI, usually overclocks well enough to be on par with GTX 570)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121623

    Although, since Nvidia is bringing their 6xx series online, their 5xx series are getting fairly cheap.

    With the mail in rebate, I'd probably be looking at this one if I myself were buying today:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196
  4. Is Zotac an ok brand? I've been hearing bad things about them lately.
  5. Honestly, I think they're pretty decent. Most people will probably agree EVGA is the best Nvidia card manufacturer out there, and they have some 560 TIs close to the price of the Zotac one if you're still unsure. The one I linked you to is an AMP! edition too (factory overclocked). Nice thing about factory overclocked cards is they're warrantied as such, normally when overclocking on your own it voids your warranty. Looking at newegg, there are no factory OC'd 560 TIs pushed up as far as the Zotac one.

    These guys seem to think its okay:
    http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2012/2/8/zotac-gtx-560-ti-oc-reviewed.aspx?pageid=4
  6. This looks like a really good deal according to that article about the Zotac.
    SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987
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    I forgot about the 6950. So many numbers to keep track of. Thats a pretty good card at a pretty nice price as well. Decisions, decisions lol.
  8. Well since the 6950 is pretty much even within a couple of frames of a 7850 and a 570 and only $200 that definitely sounds like it's the clear winner for value. Thank you very much for your help at this late hour.
  9. Anytime, you're quite welcome.
  10. Best answer selected by lzyassn.
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