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Need da gurus help...I plan to overclock and watercool these puppies later on. Here's what I'm looking at

GPU:
1. Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5/1G DDR5/25cm: $296
2. MSI N560GTX-Ti TwinFrozrII/OC 2G DDR5: $266
3. MSI N560GTX-Ti HAWK 1G DDR5: $253
4. MSI N560GTX-Ti TwinFrozr II/OC 1G DDR5: $233
5. Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5/1G DDR5/25cm: $230
6. Asus EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 /2G DDR5, 9790: $326
7. MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1GD5 Power Edition/OC/1G DDR5/28cm: $233

PSU:
HX650, $163
Antec HCG620, $110
M12II 620W, $147
...any others?

What's the best budget GPU/PSU combination for future dual SLI/Xfire?

Oh yea btw what does "25cm" or "28cm" mean up dere?
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MSI N560GTX-Ti TwinFrozrII/OC 2G DDR5: $266

amd the hx650.
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If you plan on watercooling down the road, I woudn't bother with the cards like the Asus DCII series. These cards are designed for optimal air cooling, and it's the main reason they are more expensive than the reference cards. TwinFrozr series is really good. Although I'm an Asus fan, I'd recommend MSI for watercooling at a later date.

It's not to say that you CAN'T watercool the DCIIs, but you're paying extra money for the awesome air cooling. Would just be a waste imo.

Hope that helps.

Edit: The 25/28cm is the card length if i'm not mistaken. You want to make sure your case has enough space.
Edited by Arimis5226 - 10/25/11 at 8:21am
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gotcha...looks like I'm gonna cross all the Asus' off the list then

Based on ya replies, I'm debating b/t

MSI N560GTX-Ti TwinFrozrII/OC 2G DDR5: $266
MSI N560GTX-Ti HAWK 1G DDR5: $253

Perhaps the 2G version is better as u suggested? But I heard HAWK has better cooling...this is air cooling I assume? If so, that's the same issue as the Asus' cards so my final choice would be the MSI 2G version?

thx OCN'rs


also any reason I should go for the HX650? It's more expensive than the other 2 and other 2 seem like pretty good PSUs based on the reviews...I wanna make sure every penny counts so wondering if the extra $$$ is worth it for the HX650?
    
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gotcha...looks like I'm gonna cross all the Asus' off the list then

Based on ya replies, I'm debating b/t

MSI N560GTX-Ti TwinFrozrII/OC 2G DDR5: $266
MSI N560GTX-Ti HAWK 1G DDR5: $253

Perhaps the 2G version is better as u suggested? But I heard HAWK has better cooling...this is air cooling I assume? If so, that's the same issue as the Asus' cards so my final choice would be the MSI 2G version?

thx OCN'rs


also any reason I should go for the HX650? It's more expensive than the other 2 and other 2 seem like pretty good PSUs based on the reviews...I wanna make sure every penny counts so wondering if the extra $$$ is worth it for the HX650?
MSI N560GTX-Ti TwinFrozrII/OC 2G DDR5: $266
I think that would be the winner here, but feel free to open a pole. Between the two, I'm certain that would win it.

As for PSU, the HX650 should suit your needs. It's a fair PSU with good warranty. I would personally step it up to 750-850W to give myself some extra wiggle room for upgrades down the road. Would hate to buy a PSU now, just to find out you need more juice after adding some bling to your rig.
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OK that MSI 2G card is what I'm gonna go with

About the PSU...my plan is to just SLI 560Ti's and after that purchase the next generation card at about that same level and SLI that, rinse, repeat,... (IOW, I prob. won't buy 570/580/590 priced cards in future generations)

since GPUs are getting more power efficient, I don't think the power requirements will increase THAT much...it also might take many years before it does increase to that point

so if I invest in 750/850W would that be a waste? Also, how many years do these quality PSUs normally last?

I'm thinking by the time that the cards I want require more than 650W, I might as well get a new PSU since this one will be hella old

    
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woop double post, see below
Edited by mingqi53 - 10/25/11 at 8:53am
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Newegg has a sale on the 1 GB model of the MSI 560Ti (overclocked) Twin Frozr for $219 after rebates:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565

If you use the promo code NEWCUSTOMER10 you can save $10 dollars (worked for me despite being a long time customer)
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