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Old April 15, 2011, 10:32 AM
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Okay some of you may remember me posting at christmas I decided to hold off buying... Until now dun dun dunnnnnnn.

Okay so my budget is $885 before tax and before MIR. This isn't flexible at all considering I have no income. I am buying 2 weeks from now and I have done a ton of research but I like other people's opinions.

Usage: Gaming at 1920x1080 (I haven't bought a monitor yet so I might go down depending on what parts I buy) and overclocking although I am sticking with the reference cooler until i get a bit more money.

I have no brand preferences and I am open to anything as long as people can convince me, I am gonna pricematch to NCIX so lets get this party started.

What I've come up with.

Case:
Buy ZALMAN TECH [Z9 Plus] Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case Black 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS W/ Fan Controller & Temp Display

Mobo/CPU combo:
NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Core i5 2500K Unlocked CPU & MSI P67A-G43 SLI DDR3 USB3 Motherboard - Bundle Deals - 2500K & P67A-G43 - in Canada

Yes MSI is not ideal but like I said I have no income so I'm stuck with cheap and hoping it works out. From what i've read on these Mobo's they either arrive DoA or so far they are lasting. Arriving DoA is a pain but not the end of the world for me.

Ram:
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core I5 1.5V Memory Kit - DirectCanada

HDD: (I will probably add an SSD in the future but right now I can't)
Buy Western Digital [WD5002AALX] Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
I'd go with the spinpoint but I want 500gb and 32mb cache and I can't find a spinpoint for around $50 with that.

PSU:
Corsair TX650 V2 650W ATX 12V Single Rail 53A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze - DirectCanada

Optical Drive:
What ever is cheapest... I probably wont need one permanently until BF3 or D3 comes out.

GPU: Now here is the tricky part... I'm not sure what I'm going to need so right now I'm looking at HD 6870, HD 6950, GTX 560ti

So this leaves us at $584.36 (added $20 for optical drive). I now have about $300 for a GPU but I have already set aside $100 for a monitor so I have $388 for GPU + monitor before taxes (took tax off for the money I have saved is why it isn't $400).

I can get the PNY gtx 560ti for $220
I can get the HD 6950 1gb for $230(yes I know 2gb unlocks and is better for cheap but i only need 1gb and I'm on a budget)
I can get the HD 6870 for $200

These leave me with $168, $158, $188 for a monitor respectively.
With the JD 6870 i would probably take some money and fill my case with fans.

What do you guys recommend?

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Old April 15, 2011, 10:43 AM
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Dangtx will most likely suggest the HD 6950 2GB version.

But I would suggest if you can afford it would be the new MSI N560TI Hawk. NCIX has a price of $289 for the 560-ti Hawk edition.
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Old April 15, 2011, 10:46 AM
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Dangtx will most likely suggest the HD 6950 2GB version.

But I would suggest if you can afford it would be the new MSI N560TI Hawk. NCIX has a price of $289 for the 560-ti Hawk edition.
Unfortunately in that case I would have to buy a monitor for less than $100 so I will be gaming under 1920x1080 and I'd be better off with something slower (IMHO).
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Old April 15, 2011, 10:49 AM
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I'll go with the HD6950 1GB if it is not the reference cooler design. Same goes for the GTX560 Ti. I will choose the GTX 560 Ti as well if there is a non reference cooler on it. If there is none on both of them I'll go with the HD6950 1GB. However should you decide to go with the HD6870 instead, getting an aftermarket cooler like the CM Hyper212+ would be a better choice than filling your case with fans.
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Old April 15, 2011, 11:09 AM
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1gb 6950 for single monitor indeed.

for msi, always get gd65 and above. else?

hmm

but get the haf 912

and you dont need to pay 86 dollars on a psu for a single gpu rig...:)

gpu wise...hmm...

id rather skimp on the gpu now and use the old one for a month than get a not so great mobo now...:)
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Old April 15, 2011, 05:00 PM
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1gb 6950 for single monitor indeed.

for msi, always get gd65 and above. else?

hmm

but get the haf 912

and you dont need to pay 86 dollars on a psu for a single gpu rig...:)

gpu wise...hmm...

id rather skimp on the gpu now and use the old one for a month than get a not so great mobo now...:)
Edit: Oh and the PSU is just a 650w for overclocking both the GPU and CPU I figured I might need over 550W with overclocking so a 550w will work?

Lol there is no old one this is my first build but I heard the Zalman is better and I like the looks better too. The Haf 912 is pretty ugly IMO and I'd need to buy a fan controller, I don't mind the noise but my GF will shoot me if I don't turn down my fans at night.

How about this
NCIX.com - Buy Seasonic S12II 620W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80+ Bronze 6+8PIN PCI-E W/ 120MM Fan - Seasonic Electronics - S12II 620 - in Canada

NVM that PSU is a one day sale. Any recommendations on a PSU?

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overclocking a 6950 will probably bring it to like 200-225 watts perhaps

MSI Radeon HD 6970 Lightning 2 GB Review - Page 21/27 | techPowerUp

and a 2500k will probably go around another 200-225 with the whole system

those are 12v rail watts...so400-450 watts on the 12v rail, but i doubt youll

actually pull that much at any one time.
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Since you have the money for a 6950/560 I would say forget about the 6870 (there is a good jump in performance for those extra few dollars). My Vote would go for the 6950, but the 560 is a close second. Base it off of what the better sale is on when you purchase (you won't go wrong with either).
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Old April 15, 2011, 10:58 PM
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+1 for 6950 over 560
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Old April 16, 2011, 01:25 AM
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GPU wise - 6950 2GB>560Ti>6950 1GB.
NCIX.com - Buy MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card - MSI/MicroStar - N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC - in Canada = one of the best 560s out there

PSU wise as Dan said, if you wont run CF/SLI you simply wont need more than a good 500W psu.
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