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August 16, 2012 1:10:27 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Medium gaming (mostly Valve games, maybe some CoD/BF3), light video editing

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: This is the first rig I'm building actually, so I'm just working off of an integrated graphics on my laptop.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU - i5-2500k (found a good deal at MicroCenter and couldn't resist)
Mobo - ASRock PRO3 GEN3
PSU - Haven't decided on one, but looking for a <600W PSU seeing as I can't SLI on this mobo anyway

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg, Amazon, TigerDirect
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to try and stick to Nvidia.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Haven't bought one yet, but I do have one laying around that could probably hit 1080p.

NOTES:
Why is it so hard to find a GTX 460 1GB (for a decent price)?

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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 1:38:46 PM

Don't buy a GTX 460 all the ones that are left on the market are a "crippled" 192-bit variant. I'd suggest a GTX 480. It will max out pretty much any valve and CoD game out there and will manage high settings on BF3 at 1080p. You might want to go with a bit more powerful PSU though, say a quality 650W.

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

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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 2:07:47 PM

The 560 would be my suggestion. What monitor is it you have now? model number or size

Shopping at MicroCenter, remember they will price match newegg. So, do your homework and make sure you have the right model number. You can save alot of money and get it today.



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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 2:20:13 PM

GTX 560 goes for only $20 cheaper. 480 for 200 bucks is a great deal if you ask me...
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August 16, 2012 2:23:24 PM

auntarie said:
GTX 560 goes for only $20 cheaper. 480 for 200 bucks is a great deal if you ask me...


But GTX 480 is as good as a GTX 570 :D 
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 2:28:07 PM

dansgas1000 said:
But GTX 480 is as good as a GTX 570 :D 


Exactly.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 2:38:21 PM

Because the 480 is higher-end, hence the higher price.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 2:48:17 PM

OP what is your budget for this card? The 560 will max COD MW3 and use less power than the 480. The 670, which is what I`ve got, will max BF3
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August 16, 2012 2:49:56 PM

If I make a purchase like this, what would be the determining factor for the 60$ in savings? If I make the jump for the 480, would it be for a much longer term of investment?
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 2:50:25 PM

Along with GFX card you also need a PSU? Do you already have a case? How about a hard drive, windows, or memory?

Don`t forget the keyboard,mouse and some speakers or headset
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August 16, 2012 3:14:10 PM

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Along with GFX card you also need a PSU? Do you already have a case? How about a hard drive, windows, or memory?

Don`t forget the keyboard,mouse and some speakers or headset


Once I pick a card, I'd definitely need help choosing a reliable PSU since I know that purchase is probably going to outlive the card. As for cases, HDD, and memory, I'm not too concerned about those as those aren't as difficult to choose.
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August 16, 2012 3:26:04 PM

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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 3:28:51 PM

cotdamn said:
I hate you so much for convincing me to up my budget. :( 
But thanks!


You're welcome. And one last thing: if you can, go for the gold certified PSU.
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August 16, 2012 3:44:38 PM

auntarie said:
You're welcome. And one last thing: if you can, go for the gold certified PSU.


Is the price difference between bronze and gold that cost-effective? From what I've read, the efficiency isn't that different..
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 3:52:08 PM

It's not really a big difference, but it's still there. That's why I said if you can- if you're already pushing your budget too much, don't bother.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 4:24:32 PM

It's pretty much the same as the bronze Seasonic one. Both have 53A on the +12V rail and the 480 requires only 45 at max. Really, really max. It will work just fine.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 5:08:33 PM

cotdamn said:
Once I pick a card, I'd definitely need help choosing a reliable PSU since I know that purchase is probably going to outlive the card. As for cases, HDD, and memory, I'm not too concerned about those as those aren't as difficult to choose.


So, you`re getting the 480? It`s a good choice for the money. Enjoy!

Concerning the other components, that seasonic PSU is peace of mind really. Again, good choice.

Couple months ago I bought a Corsair 500R case, really nice case. I have two other Antecs and this Corsair is simply much better than either of those. Newegg has posted several video preview for cases which you may find useful.

For HDD, look into a SSD for your Windows install and HDD for storage, game installs ,etc. SSD`s have seen a decent price drop lately and you`ll like how your new machine is very responsive. I am using a Samsung SSD in this computer but do have Crucial M4`s in two others.

Finally, considering memory 8GB 2x4GB 1600 1.5v should do it. 4GB minimum

Just my 2 cents...
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 5:16:29 PM

+1 Corsair PSU

Solid. That is the V2, improved TX series.

The Corsair PSU does have the 6/8 pin adapter you`ll need for the 480.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 6:59:57 PM

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