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is there really that small of a difference in the gtx 460 and the gtx 560?
Ehh, GTX560 is supposed to run cooler, right? That's why the stock is like around 800MHz compared to GTX460 675MHz.

GTX560s also overclock higher than 460s. Like, should be around a 100MHz difference (I hear of people getting into the 1GHz range with their 560s, while most people with 460s are lucky to get past 900MHz). Probably not worth $30 though.

And that 6870 is fine. ASUS DirectCU (is that DirectCU II or I?) cools decently well. Way better than what some cheap companies (like Palit) do.

Sapphire isn't bad either, though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102948
$20 cheaper, unless you want the free Dirt 3.
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Only if there is a $20 difference would I suggest 560ti over 460.
I currently got the 460 hawk and only got it in January so wont be upgrading until Keplar.
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You'd get better fps by dropping the cpu down to an i3 and bumping up the video card as much as you can. Look for open box, discount codes, sales, etc to jack that video card up because it will have the greatest impact on your game performance. Just an example, I found my 6950 2gb for $150. I believe there are GTX480 on sale for $199 in the Online Deals section, so look around. Having a good video card is critical for a gaming rig.
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I cant see myself bumping down to an i3 tho tbh, I'll need the processor power for other stuff besides just gaming I think.

I'd rather not sacrifice performance, you're right, but I can always upgrade later! I can handle the game not run on max, and my desktop resolution is only 1680 x 1050 anyway, running 2 monitors. I'm thinking of doing this very soon.. any other input?
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hate to bump but..
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I second the move to an i3-2100 for better graphics. This article, even though it's Tom's, was an eye-opener to me. What do you think you'll be doing outside of gaming that you'll need a quad for?
Edited by a pet rock - 10/23/11 at 7:18pm
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That psu should be fine first and foremost. People on this forum get all jittery when they don't see that you have an over abundance of power but it's perfectly adequate for the hypothetical system here. If you wanted to SLI or crossfire you might be in trouble.

If you're committed to the i5, stick with it. That will be the workhorse behind my next build too and it's an incredible value. Relatively future proof.

You should really steer clear of the 550ti because it won't really result in a revolution over and above your previous setup. 6870 is a good card. 560ti is a good card. Buy the most graphics card you can afford, just notice the diminishing returns when you enter the $250+ price range. Generally though, price and performance are otherwise proportional.

If you find yourself with a few bucks leftover after setting up a great build, think about adding a small cheap SSD as a boot drive for windows. It's getting more popular and cheaper every day... a subject for another thread really.


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I second the move to an i3-2100 for better graphics. This article, even though it's Tom's, was an eye-opener to me. What do you think you'll be doing outside of gaming that you'll need a quad for?
That article is weak. I would like to know what the article did to open your eyes that wasn't already pretty obvious at this point; Sandy bridge chips are better than socket AM3 chips .:yawn:. The article doesn't test the current gold standard, the i5 2500k. No accounting for overclocking at all.

In real gaming situations users are seeing real fps gains in i5 chips vs. the i3, especially on higher graphics settings and especially on higher resolutions where there's more total throughput. Of course it's a corner he could cut, but we're talking about a savings of $70-20...

This article is probably more useful to the op http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...pu,3030-5.html
Edited by TehStone - 10/23/11 at 7:28pm
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That psu should be fine first and foremost. People on this forum get all jittery when they don't see that you have an over abundance of power but it's perfectly adequate for the hypothetical system here. If you wanted to SLI or crossfire you might be in trouble.

This article is probably more useful to the op http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...pu,3030-5.html
I wont be doing SLI anytime soon as I just don't have the budget for it. But which psu were you talking about specifically.. there's a few linked throughout this thread
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That article is weak. I would like to know what the article did to open your eyes that wasn't already pretty obvious at this point; Sandy bridge chips are better than socket AM3 chips .:yawn:. The article doesn't test the current gold standard, the i5 2500k. No accounting for overclocking at all.

In real gaming situations users are seeing real fps gains in i5 chips vs. the i3, especially on higher graphics settings and especially on higher resolutions where there's more total throughput. Of course it's a corner he could cut, but we're talking about a savings of $70-20...

This article is probably more useful to the op http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...pu,3030-5.html
The dual-core being better than all of AM3 offerings. I know Sandy Bridge is good, just didn't expect the i3's to just dominate AMD. And I think savings of $70 are pretty significant considering that moves him from a crappy 550Ti to 6870 and up. Oh, and OP for the love of all that is holy, don't buy a GTX 560. If that's the performance you want, save yourself some money buy a 460 and OC it yourself. That's all it is.
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Well, Ive decided to up my budget a little bit. More like ~$900, and I plan on ordering tonight.

Core i5 2500k
ASRock Mobo Z68 extreme3 gen3
8GB (4gbx2) G.Skill Sniper DDR31600 RAM
2 X SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB in Crossfire
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Antec EarthWatts 750W PSU
Corsair CAFA50 Heatsink

I can't think if thered be much more in the way of power coming out of any other graphics combo, but if so let me know.
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