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My build is pretty similar to yours and I love it so far. This was my first build and I had no problems, took probably about 3 hours to build and install windows. The only thing I would suggest is getting a video card with some more VRAM; I have more than you (1.3 gb to 1) and I've been using all of it in the BF3 beta. If your looking in the $200-300 dollar range I would suggest a 6950; they have 2 gb of VRAM and some can unlock to 6970's, a $370 card. Other than your build looks good.
Noob question but what exactly is VRAM and how do you know how much your gpu has? And how do you know how much you will need or will you actually use?

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That's up to you, really. I don't have one on mine, but that's because I have a PS3 that I use for movies/media center activities. If you have money left over on your build, I'd say why not?

As for good Blu-ray brands, I'm not much help there either. When I'm at a loss, I generally just look at reviews on websites like Newegg and the like. Usually very helpful.
Thanks for all the help. =] I will hopefully be able to get a BD in a few months so that will be nice. Is there anything else I need to change or that I should look into?
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Noob question but what exactly is VRAM and how do you know how much your gpu has? And how do you know how much you will need or will you actually use?



Thanks for all the help. =] I will hopefully be able to get a BD in a few months so that will be nice. Is there anything else I need to change or that I should look into?
VRAM is the amount of memory your GPU has. Usually you'll see your graphics card say something like "HD6950 2048MB PCI-E 2.0 x16." The part in bold is how much VRAM you have.

Like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127588
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

BF3 at the highest settings has been using 1.3GB in the beta, so you could assume that future games will potentially use that much and more.

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VRAM is the amount of memory your GPU has. Usually you'll see your graphics card say something like "HD6950 2048MB PCI-E 2.0 x16." The part in bold is how much VRAM you have.

Like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127588
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

BF3 at the highest settings has been using 1.3GB in the beta, so you could assume that future games will potentially use that much and more.

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That is the card I'm getting too!
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Nothing wrong with your build. I assumed you'll SLI in the future right?
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VRAM is the amount of memory your GPU has. Usually you'll see your graphics card say something like "HD6950 2048MB PCI-E 2.0 x16." The part in bold is how much VRAM you have.

Like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127588
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

BF3 at the highest settings has been using 1.3GB in the beta, so you could assume that future games will potentially use that much and more.

No problem, it's why we're here!
So I should go with the 2GB 6950 over the 560 Ti Hawk? Is it that much better aside from the memory?

What about the MSI Twin Frozr II 560 Ti 2GB? Is that any good or should I just go with the 6950? Not sure which of these is better now. haha any helpful input on this matter would be great.

Also what about OCing? Would the 560 ti be better if I OC it? because I've heard (I think it was the 6950) that only some of the 6950's can be OC'd so that should probably be taken into consideration as well?
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Nothing wrong with your build. I assumed you'll SLI in the future right?
And I will SLI/Crossfire in the future but not anytime soon. I'd need to buy a new computer desk after I build this rig so it will take some time.
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/3/11 at 5:27pm
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So opinions
560 ti 2gb vs 6950 2gb which is best and which can be OC'd higher and still be stable.
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So opinions
560 ti 2gb vs 6950 2gb which is best and which can be OC'd higher and still be stable.
I think your thinking of the fact that only certain 6950's can be unlocked. All 6950's/560's can be overclocked, how much depends on the card. Unlocking is a pretty involved process from what I understand and there is no gaurantee that your card will unlock. However, there is a 6950 that comes with an unlocking switch and has some pretty good overclocking potential according to the reviews on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...toxic%202%20gb Was originally going to get this card myself but it's always sold out and I was able to get a 570 on sale. 560 Ti and 6950 are pretty much equal in terms of performance, so as long the one you get has 2 gb of VRAM it doesn't really matter IMO.
Edited by whitemencanjump - 10/3/11 at 8:42pm
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Because if I can get a 560 ti 2gb then id rather do that since I am fond of nVidia. Though the Toxic looks pretty awesome too.
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/3/11 at 9:02pm
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What's the difference between the Twin Frozr II 6950 and the III 6950?

And if a 560 Ti 2GB is the same or better than getting a 6950 2GB?

Right now im stuck between the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II and the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III.
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/4/11 at 12:30am
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If you can get the 560 with 2GB, and you prefer Nvidia, jump on it!
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