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Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: April 2012

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2012
Darth Voltage
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OCZ Vertex 2 (120GB) Pioneer BDR-205 (Firmware v. 1.10) Windows 7 x64 SyncMaster 2693HM (25.5") 
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OCZ Vertex 2 (120GB) Pioneer BDR-205 (Firmware v. 1.10) Windows 7 x64 SyncMaster 2693HM (25.5") 
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post #12 of 20

Never really been too keen on the toms hardware recommendations tbh, why would they recommend a 2550K over a 2500K? they do make some valid points sometimes, just apply it a little wrong.

Also to UltraHoboLord i don't believe that crossfire is a good place to start, as you can run into problems and may have to drop down to just one card, plus with a single card you can just get another in a year or so once the new cards come out and grab a bargin then. With a crossfire setup you kinda have to start again if you want an upgrade because adding a 3rd card (can you even do trifire on a 6870?) offers very little in the way of extra frames. This is just my opinion though and there are many reasons to go for crossfire initially.

Cheers
Zane
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post #13 of 20
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Was wondering in gaming will i see any difference in preformace with a 6 core processor then with a 4 core ?
post #14 of 20
very little to none, though a x79 system will be able to do crossfire/sli a bit better as it has more pci-e lanes (40 vs 16)

Cheers
Zane

Edit: it all depends on the res that you plan to game at, the higher the res the less impact cpu has on performance. But generally still very little to none.
Edited by novemberEcho - 4/19/12 at 1:39am
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post #15 of 20
Dual cores perform good but quad cores works better. After that not much of a gaming difference.

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post #16 of 20
a quick pick for 1000$ here it is
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($121.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.95 @ B&H)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.95 @ Adorama)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99
@ NCIX US)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1008.82 Shipped

and if you can add 100$ more then you can get a GTX 680 for 507$ shipped wink.gif
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post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
i plan on playing at 1920 x 1200, now that was another thing i was wondering about, should i get a monitor that runs at 1920x1080 or a monitor that runs at 1900x1200?
post #18 of 20
1920x1080 is better for the price IMO, 1920x1200 are too expensive now.
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256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
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Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3Ghz Asus P5G41T-M LX Plus EVGA GTX 680 2x4 GB 1333Mhz 
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500GB WD Black 64 GB Crucial M4 Sony CD/DVD burner H40 w/ GT AP-15s 
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Windows 7 Home 64 bit Corsair CX430 APEVIA X-Plorer2 Pink 
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Pentium G620 Foxconn H67S ITX Intel HD 2000 2 x 4GB 1333Mhz 
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i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz stable ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 MSI GTX 980 Ti 32GB (4 x 8GB) 1866Mhz Ripjaws X 
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256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
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Acer 28" 4K Corsair AX750 Corsair 800D SWTOR Razer Naga 
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium XSPC RS120 8 x GT AP-15s White Sleeved Cables for Corsair AX750 
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Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3Ghz Asus P5G41T-M LX Plus EVGA GTX 680 2x4 GB 1333Mhz 
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500GB WD Black 64 GB Crucial M4 Sony CD/DVD burner H40 w/ GT AP-15s 
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Windows 7 Home 64 bit Corsair CX430 APEVIA X-Plorer2 Pink 
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Pentium G620 Foxconn H67S ITX Intel HD 2000 2 x 4GB 1333Mhz 
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post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by novemberEcho View Post

Just to let you know that PSU efficiency seems to peak around 50% and drops off at roughly the same rate if you go higher or lower.
from anandtech article found here - http://www.anandtech.com/show/2395/1
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You could use that psu for SLI/crossfire but you would be running it at a very high load which is not good for the lifespan of the psu, if you want go down the dual gfx road then i would go 850w+ maybe even higher if you feel like it. Just remember to not skimp on the psu, they are the cause of 30% of 'dead computers' and a good quality one will help with overclocking (not much but sometimes tangible) and the overall stability of your system.
Cheers
Zane

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Somewhere along these lines, this is just a good gaming setup for your money you can always add another gpu or watercool later: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20106366
Edited by Weedmancz - 4/19/12 at 2:26pm
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