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Medium gaming & light editing setup

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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  1. Best answer
    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=N82E16814130617
  2. 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.
  3. GTX 560 goes for only $20 cheaper. 480 for 200 bucks is a great deal if you ask me...
  4. 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
  5. dansgas1000 said:
    But GTX 480 is as good as a GTX 570 :D


    Exactly.
  6. The 480 is refurbished for 200 dollars. Most importantly the OP is wanting medium

    Tom`s 560 review
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944.html
  7. I'm checking on newegg and why is the 560 so much cheaper than a 480?

    The cheapest 560 is
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

    The cheapest 480 is
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130617
  8. Because the 480 is higher-end, hence the higher price.
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. Quote:
    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.
  13. As I said, any quality 650W will do. Take a look at these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

    If they can support an SLI configuration, I'd imagine they can power a single GTX 480.
  14. auntarie said:
    As I said, any quality 650W will do. Take a look at these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

    If they can support an SLI configuration, I'd imagine they can power a single GTX 480.


    I hate you so much for convincing me to up my budget. :(
    But thanks!
  15. Best answer selected by cotdamn.
  16. 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.
  17. 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..
  18. 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.
  19. What do you think of this PSU then?
    There's an additional 15% off code which makes it an even sweeter deal!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
  20. 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.
  21. 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...
  22. +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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