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post #1 of 36
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Hey Guys,

I'm building a new comp and choosing the graphics card is giving me the most trouble. Specs of the build are listed below:
  • i7-2600K
  • ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
  • CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W
  • SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
  • COOLER MASTER HAF X
  • Waiting on SSD

The cards I'm looking at are MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580, MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 2GB or maybe a SLi/CF setup.

I'm looking for the best REAL world performance. High benchmark numbers do me no good if when it comes to actually playing the game, the experience is horrible.

I will be playing at 1080p with max settings or close to max settings. Games include SC2, WoW, BF3 and maybe metro.

What do you guys think?
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Crucial M4 128GB+Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB+Seaga... LITE-ON DVD Burner Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 64-bit 
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post #2 of 36
Ditch the 2600k if your focus is gaming, it offers no benefit over the 2500k in that area.
post #3 of 36
The GTX 580 is da bomb.

Buy it.
post #4 of 36
Buy 2600K, is much better than 2500k becouse have hyperthreading and its like 8 cores, and in future it can be very worthly for games. And i would buy gtx580 if you want in future another to sli, othervise i would buy gtx590 and evga you buy
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post #5 of 36
Is the ~500$ the budget for your GPU? If so, I would say go with the 580. Crossfire 6970's or 560/570 would be a good option as well- but if you have the budget now, I'd go for a better 1 GPU solution.

If you are gaming on 1080p, I have had good experiences so far with 1GB cards in CF, however if you are planning to keep the rig for a while, going to 1.5/2GB vram is a good idea. Just keep in mind if you go 580, I'd recommend a slightly better PSU for potential SLI (580s are hogs from what I understand) in the future? (drop down to a 2500K to add more budget to PSU?)
post #6 of 36
Gaming: get the 2500k, trust me.

That makes it 600$ for the GPU:

SLI 570s / Crossfire 6970s (6950s unlocked) or a GTX 580.

I would go with crossfire 6950s unlocked to 6970s and get the SSD now.
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post #7 of 36
Well since he's only using one monitor, the 580 1.5gb is the best option.
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post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by mexer View Post
Buy 2600K, is much better than 2500k becouse have hyperthreading and its like 8 cores, and in future it can be very worthly for games. And i would buy gtx580 if you want in future another to sli, othervise i would buy gtx590 and evga you buy
Yeah, future proofing is the reason I'm going with the 2600k.

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Originally Posted by nerdybeat View Post
Is the ~500$ the budget for your GPU? If so, I would say go with the 580. Crossfire 6970's or 560/570 would be a good option as well- but if you have the budget now, I'd go for a better 1 GPU solution.

If you are gaming on 1080p, I have had good experiences so far with 1GB cards in CF, however if you are planning to keep the rig for a while, going to 1.5/2GB vram is a good idea. Just keep in mind if you go 580, I'd recommend a slightly better PSU for potential SLI (580s are hogs from what I understand) in the future? (drop down to a 2500K to add more budget to PSU?)
Yeah ~500$ is the budget for the gpu.

As for the PSU, I've read the 850HX can actually produce close to 1000W of power. I don't know if that's true though. What PSU would you recommend?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128GB+Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB+Seaga... LITE-ON DVD Burner Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 64-bit 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128GB+Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB+Seaga... LITE-ON DVD Burner Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 64-bit 
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post #9 of 36
Use it towards a single GTX 580, and not SLI 560s nor 570s

Also, just get a 2500k if your just doing gaming.
post #10 of 36
the 2600k won't really future proof. You'll change before games really need more than the i5.
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Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4 128GB + 2TB Raid 0 Cavier Black Windows 7 [Ultimate x64] [Dell U2412HM] + [HP 2311x] RosewillRK-9000 
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