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Hello everyone!


I'm trying to build a new PC for gaming but I have two builds in mind:


First

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.3Ghz
GPU: EVGA nVidia GTX 650 Ti 2GB GDDR5 SSC



Second


CPU: i5-3550 3.3Ghz TB 3.7Ghz - Ivy Bridge
GPU: Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 Sapphire [Code: 100312-3L]




I want to mainly play games like Tera Online, Guild Wars 2, Battlefield 3 and Blade and Soul (future) all at max settings with good frames. I mostly play mmorpgs and like a lot online FPS.

I haven't done any overclocking before, so I'm not sure when overclocking will be useful, I'm wondering If I should sacrifice the 2500k for the 33550 CPU, or pick even the normal i5 2500, so I can invest more in my GPU.

The other thing is that I have read a lot that people says that ATI isn't good with their drivers and that most games runs better using Nvidia.

This HD 6950 seems to work better than the GTX 560 ti which is more expensive that the 6950 for my budget.

I think that this model can also be unlock from HD 6950 to 6970

Help me with this dilemma please.



Thanks in advance
Edited by Efaistos - 1/21/13 at 10:52pm
post #2 of 15
Depends on your games. Certain ones have been paid by nvidia to have some performance in their favor. The 6950 is a beast of a card but the stock cooler is inadequate (imo)


The 2500k should be plenty and since it's a bit of an older chip I wouldn't step down, especially since a small premium over the normal 2500 gets you a nice bump in performance.

Both NV and AMD have quirks in their drivers that you can't avoid - anyone who tells you otherwise is a fanboi :O.

You'll be happy with a 6950 or a 560ti, although I would suggest saving up for the 660ti because it's one helluva card with almost a 40% increase in frames over the 560.
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Personally I like nvidia. I prefer their drivers and software. Not really fanboy talk. Just experienced both and I prefer one over the other.
You might consider bumping your card to the GTX 660. It is a little bit more cash, but you are making a significant performance jump there. Take a quick look at this article HERE. And the price per performance of the GTX660 is excellent. See it HERE. That 2500K is a good chip and with the GTX 660 you'll be sitting pretty.
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My vote is go to a first build, but I agree with above me, you can consider the 660, too....maybe they are a bit more expensive than 650 Ti, but you will get a very nice increase in performance compared to 650 Ti, or you can consider the 7850/7870 too, If you want AMD cards.
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which country are you from ? can you list your build with budget ? what is your max budget for CPU + GPU ? what psu are you getting ? what is your monitor resolution ? this info will help in giving proper advice to you
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

which country are you from ? can you list your build with budget ? what is your max budget for CPU + GPU ? what psu are you getting ? what is your monitor resolution ? this info will help in giving proper advice to you



I'm from Ecuador, South America.

This is my main building, but as stated before I have some doubts about it.


CPU: Intel i5-2500k
Mainboard: Asus P8Z77-M
Rams: 8GB Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz (I know that this CPU just uses 1333 MHz but this is what I got)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB
PSU: Corsair GS700 - 700 watts
GPU: EVGA nVidia GTX 650 Ti 2GB GDDR5 SSC
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
+Dvd Rewriter
+ Monitor LG LCD 18.5" W1943S-BN 1366 x 768



This will cost me 1263.36 USD. (I have 1270 USD)

-I can get the GTX 650 TI here for 247 USD / HD 6950 for 280 USD, from a seller which will handle my warranty directly and not with the company that made the card.
He sells the GTX 660 TI model EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW Signature 2 for 350 USD

The prices he offers aren't that bad if you have the budget.


-I can get the GTX 660 model: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked for 251 USD from a seller that will have to send the card back to the US to the company that made it, in case is a faulty one. I have to assume all the extra costs for that.


The problem here is how the warranty will be handle. That is why I prefer to do the modifications I mentioned before.
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do you have any options like HD 7850 , HD 7870, HD 7950 boost and what are their prices. are you willing to consider a AMD FX-6300 based PC to try and fit in a high end graphics card like HD 7950 boost in your config. also a quality 500w PSU is enough for a single HD 7950 GPU based PC. even a corsair GS500 has 39A on the +12v. (39 x 12 = 468w) . thats more than enough.

http://www.corsair.com/en/media/cms/manual/49-000035_rev_AA_GSManual.pdf
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How on earth can that cost you $1200? No way, where do you live?
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

do you have any options like HD 7850 , HD 7870, HD 7950 boost and what are their prices. are you willing to consider a AMD FX-6300 based PC to try and fit in a high end graphics card like HD 7950 boost in your config. also a quality 500w PSU is enough for a single HD 7950 GPU based PC. even a corsair GS500 has 39A on the +12v. (39 x 12 = 468w) . thats more than enough.

http://www.corsair.com/en/media/cms/manual/49-000035_rev_AA_GSManual.pdf


Those card are beast!, but like I said before I want a video card mostly to play modern mmorpgs, like Tera, GW2 and some BFBC3 at good settings, most actual mmorpgs would not upgrade their graphics engines, qualities every 3-4 years or even never ever.


The 500w PSU will be fine but I got the 700GS because the seller doesn't have a 600GS for futue OC, adding a better water or air cooler system, more fans to my case, that is why I picked the 700GS, he has a 600 cx and 750 cx but they seem to be lower quality.
Edited by Efaistos - 1/22/13 at 6:45am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Efaistos View Post

Those card are beast!, but like I said before I want a video card mostly to play modern mmorpgs, like Tera, GW2 and some BFBC3 at good settings, most actual mmorpgs don't update their graphics engines, qualities every 3-4 years or even never ever.


The 500w PSU will be fine but I got the 700GS because the seller doesn't have a 600GS for futue OC, adding a better water or air cooler system, more fans to my case, that is why I picked the 700GS, he has a 600 cx and 750 cx but they seem to be lower quality.

the corsair GS500 can run an overclocked HD 7950 with an overclocked 2500k. gs700w is required if you want to go multi gpu which i think you won't. also you haven't answered whether you are willing to go for a AMD-FX 6300 based PC to fit in a high end graphics card. you mentioned the gtx 660 ti signature 2 ftw for usd 350. whats the price saving from going for fx-6300 with amd 970 chipset am3+ motherboard.

CORE I5 2500k + asus p8z77-m - 220 + 125 = 345
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832

amd fx-6300 + asrock 970 am3+ - 140 + 85 = 225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

in the US the difference is USD 125. thats a lot of money and can be used to get a HD 7950 card. also as i said the corsair gs 500 will help you save some money. these savings can be used to get a HD 7950 card like sapphire hd 7950 boost or gigabyte hd 7950 oc. so think and decide.
Edited by raghu78 - 1/22/13 at 7:07am
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