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September 16, 2012 10:41:59 PM

Hey guys, I am building my first ever budget gaming pc. Nothing really fancy, just looking to play modern games on low to med settings.
I have a few concerns/questions but first let me show you what I am interested in.

Intel Core I-3 2100 Dual core 3.1
EVGA Geforce GTX 550 TI 1024mb for $114
Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 MHz
BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel
Antec VP-450 Watt Dual +12V rails => +12V1@18A, +12V2@18A, -12V@0.3A

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW

First question is:
Am I getting bang for my buck on the Graphics card?

Second question is:
Will my power supply be able to handle all these components?

Any suggestions or criticisms would be great as well.


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September 16, 2012 10:47:40 PM

1: nope. cards for 20 bucks more can you pretty far

2: most likely yes

id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hF9d

if you want to save 20 dollars, you can go and get a xfx 6870 for 149.99 at newegg
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September 16, 2012 11:11:12 PM

Why get the 560 Ti, when the 7850 is the same price?
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September 16, 2012 11:13:27 PM

i dont see any for 169.99 after MIR
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September 17, 2012 12:01:53 AM

for the $115 of your 550ti, I'd suggest the GTX 650 or HD 7770. if you want to push up a bit, HD7850s are running about $200 and GTX 660s are $230
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September 17, 2012 12:40:16 AM

i was pretty sure that the 550ti beat the 650 but i could be wrong
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September 17, 2012 1:19:53 AM

One final question guys. So I am going to follow TheBigTroll suggestion on getting the XFX 6870. I just wanted to know how to solve the issue that the XFX 6870 demands 2 6pin power connector while the power supply i am interested in only has one 6pin connector. Any solutions?
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September 17, 2012 10:42:28 AM

use the converter that will come with the 6870. nothing else uses molex 4-pins anymore anyway
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September 17, 2012 10:57:42 AM

or you could get the power supply i recommended. comes with 2.
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September 17, 2012 12:33:15 PM

Best answer selected by Jkidd89.
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