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Hi guys,

I'm building a personal PC for Gaming/Photo Editing/Minor Video Editing/Programming.

Here is what I've been thinking around my $1000.00-$1200.00:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
(Not so hardcore Photo/Video Editing so I wont need the extra threads on the i7).
Motherboard: Gigabyte P67 UD3
(Should I get the UD4? I want to go bananas with overclocking but my budget is on it's top as is. I'll have to cut down prices in other components if I get the UD4. I saw a guy who managed to do 4.8ghz efortless on air with the UD3 so that should be enough for me.)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD
(I'm in doubt between this and an MSI HD6970)
Memory: 2x4GB DDR3 Kingston 1333mhz
(This memories are good for overcloking? Should I get 4gb of premium memory instead? [Corsair Vengeance and etc.])
PSU: Antec Neo ECO 520w
(Very cheap, not sure if it can handle the system)
Case: Not a clue.
CPU Cooler: Not a clue as well.

I live in south america so everything here is twice as expensive. Which sucks because my budget should be around 2k USD but with taxes I'm left with only 1k :/

Thank you for reading this and taking the time to help me !
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post #2 of 27
I would look at buying a better PSU.
buy the 6970 because it's faster and cheaper than the GTX 570 (and if that's a Twin Frozr II it will be well worth the money!)

All the rest looks pretty good
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I would look at buying a better PSU.
buy the 6970 because it's faster and cheaper than the GTX 570 (and if that's a Twin Frozr II it will be well worth the money!)

All the rest looks pretty good
Thank you for the very fast reply. I can get the 570 cheaper than the 6970, but from what I could see on benchmarks, the 570 is much more power hungry so maybe the 6970 can pay it's difference with time.

Which PSU would you recommend? I think a 600w should be enough. I have a Seventeam ST-550-BAZ lying down here. But I think I might need some with a little more power.
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post #4 of 27
I have an alternative solution for you, if you want to save some extra cash You could buy yourself a HD 6950 and unlock it to a 6970, this saves you alot of money. However make sure before you order, that your 6950 is unlockable and ready to flash to a HD 6970.

Tho, many people prefer nvidia over AMD due to the PhysX adds, however the UD3 supports more than one GPU, which you can then buy a cheap Nvidia card supporting the PhysX.

Unlocking a 6950 is pretty easy and straight, you can find alot of guides around to help you do so.



For the power supply i would suggest you one with a bit higher amount of watts, so that you have the oppotunity to run CrossFire later on when your system is slacking.
Edited by BCon - 6/2/11 at 1:03pm
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For the CPU cooler i would suggest you a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler, it performs well, its affordable for everyone. The reason for me recommending this to you is because it seems to fit your budget.

Case i cannot help you with, its a personal decision for you to make.

EDIT: Sorry for double posting, i didn't realized there is a EDIT button.
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post #6 of 27
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I thought about doing that but there are too many reports of cards damaged after this procedure so I rather not risk losing a card like that.

Turns out in my country the HD6970 is a little too much more expensive then the GTX 570 so I'll stick with the 570.

A Thermaltake 600w would do? 650w max?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lucasc130 View Post
I thought about doing that but there are too many reports of cards damaged after this procedure so I rather not risk losing a card like that.

Turns out in my country the HD6970 is a little too much more expensive then the GTX 570 so I'll stick with the 570.

A Thermaltake 600w would do? 650w max?

The Antec 520W Eco you have is an excellent PSU and is a rebadged Seasonic S12II. Don't bother changing that because it's plenty.

For motherboard, I know gigabyte relased some low-cost Z68 chipset boards. Might want to check around to see if your country got any.

Another vote for the CM Hyper 212 Plus for cooler.

If you need a cheap decent case, the NZXT Gamma is one of the cheapest. NZXT M59, Rosewill Challenger, Antec Three Hundred, CM Centurion 5...I'm sure there are others.
Edited by Tig Ol Bitties - 6/2/11 at 5:23pm
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post #8 of 27
I would say get the reference 2gb 6950 and unlock it to an 6970 or if your looking for Nvidia, get the 560ti, the 570 with the VRM issue only limits to a few particular models, twin frozr III, direct CU II, gainward phantom and a couple more I think.
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I would recommend getting 1600mhz memory rather than 1333..
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post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tig Ol Bitties View Post
The Antec 520W Eco you have is an excellent PSU and is a rebadged Seasonic S12II. Don't bother changing that because it's plenty.

For motherboard, I know gigabyte relased some low-cost Z68 chipset boards. Might want to check around to see if your country got any.

Another vote for the CM Hyper 212 Plus for cooler.

If you need a cheap decent case, the NZXT Gamma is one of the cheapest. NZXT M59, Rosewill Challenger, Antec Three Hundred, CM Centurion 5...I'm sure there are others.
I have a Seventeam 550w. I was thinking of changing to the Antec because it has more quality? I'm not sure . I can get a HX650w from Corsair without blowing up my budget as well. I think it's the better choice. If I want to SLI, let's say, with the GTX560ti in the future, will it be enough?

Z68 haven't arrived here yet

As for the VGA. I won't unlock a 6950 sorry, that's too risky.
And what are those VRM issues with the 570?
Now I got worried D:
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