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I'm sending my GTX 470 off for an RMA with SCAN.. Then once it comes back it's going up on eBay.
I want to change the card too, with the rest of the system. (Mobo, RAM, CPU & HDD).

I want to SLI/CrossFireX in the future, and I like the look of Sandy Bridge (will buy when fixed)

Reccomend me please;
Graphics Card
RAM
Motherboard
CPU
HDD
Also a decent PSU.

(I will be using the build for general use, and gaming '1920x1080, maximum settings')

Thanks guys!
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i7 2600k
Asus P67 Deluxe
G.Skill, Corsair, Mushkin 4gb (2x2gb)
GTX 570
60gb-120gb ssd and a 1tb 7200 rpm Samsung F3

This is leaning towards the more expensive side of Sandy Bridge mind you.
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i7 2600k
Asus P67 Deluxe
G.Skill, Corsair, Mushkin 4gb (2x2gb)
GTX 570
60gb-120gb ssd and a 1tb 7200 rpm Samsung F3

This is leaning towards the more expensive side of Sandy Bridge mind you.
Thanks for the suggestions.
I like it all, just was concidering a Core i5 2500K @ 3.3Ghz for the CPU. That should be more than enough right?

Also would the ASUS P67 Deluxe motherboard offer good performance in SLI with two GTX 570's for example?

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SB is about the hdd's and architecture of their new chips.

SLI is soley on OC and Gaming. rendering etc...

h4rdstyle pretty much got you a new build in 1 post
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post #5 of 10
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For graphics cards, what would be best for SLI/CrossFireX out of these?

AMD:
Sapphire HD 6850 - £169.99
Sapphire HD 6870 - £199.99
Sapphire HD 6950 - £249.98

Nvidia:
ASUS GTX 560-Ti - £219.98
EVGA GTX 570 - £299.99

Update - GTX 470 has been collected for RMA today.
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If you just use it mainly for gaming and general use then a 2500K is enough, save that $100 and put on something else like invest to a SSD or better GPU. You don't really need HyperThreading unless you do lot of multithread works and the extra cache is not really worth it justify the cost. For under $200 (if you get it at MicroCenter) the 2500K is the best CPU in term of price/performance, period.
For PSU you can look into the Corsair AX750W if you go GTX 570 SLI or so. And even though when running SLI/CrossFire on P67 boards you'll be running at x8/x8 but the performance hit ain't that much and you won't notice any difference.
For AMD vs Nvidia it just comes down to personal taste. People go for AMD due to Eyefinity, lower power consumption,....vs Nvidia for PhysX, CUDA.... You can't go wrong with GTX 570 SLI or HD6950 CF anyway, or just like the majority just get HD6950 and unlock to a HD6970
Hope that helps!
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Well for value for money i would go with either the HD 6950 or the GTX 560 ti, the 560 overclocks like a boss if you get one with a good cooler ( Asus DirectCU II is supposed to be pretty up there ) and SLI scaling is very good as well, however 6950 has chance to unlock and would prob be a better card if you managed to do that. still though up to you.

I am about to get a GTX 560 ti so that was the choice i made between teh two because i heard that AMD was taking steps to stop the unlocking so i wasn't confidant on getting one that could, still though don't quote me on that.
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Well for value for money i would go with either the HD 6950 or the GTX 560 ti, the 560 overclocks like a boss if you get one with a good cooler ( Asus DirectCU II is supposed to be pretty up there ) and SLI scaling is very good as well, however 6950 has chance to unlock and would prob be a better card if you managed to do that. still though up to you.

I am about to get a GTX 560 ti so that was the choice i made between teh two because i heard that AMD was taking steps to stop the unlocking so i wasn't confidant on getting one that could, still though don't quote me on that.
Thanks for that man, Made things much clearer.
I might go with an ASUS GTX 560 in SLI.
I think the performance in that would be in-between a GTX 570-580 right?
Yeah that's another thing, the speeds on the boards PCI slots.
What sort of performance hit would it be for example?
Is it worth getting a board with 2 16x PCI-E 2.0 slots or is it so minor it doesn't matter?

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If you just use it mainly for gaming and general use then a 2500K is enough, save that $100 and put on something else like invest to a SSD or better GPU. You don't really need HyperThreading unless you do lot of multithread works and the extra cache is not really worth it justify the cost. For under $200 (if you get it at MicroCenter) the 2500K is the best CPU in term of price/performance, period.
For PSU you can look into the Corsair AX750W if you go GTX 570 SLI or so. And even though when running SLI/CrossFire on P67 boards you'll be running at x8/x8 but the performance hit ain't that much and you won't notice any difference.
For AMD vs Nvidia it just comes down to personal taste. People go for AMD due to Eyefinity, lower power consumption,....vs Nvidia for PhysX, CUDA.... You can't go wrong with GTX 570 SLI or HD6950 CF anyway, or just like the majority just get HD6950 and unlock to a HD6970
Hope that helps!
Thanks man, again helped clearing things up between the choices. XD
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From all the tests i have seen the GTX 560 ti SLI performance will go past the GTX 580 very nicely, even more if you do some good overclocks, which is pretty good considering it is about the same price as getting a single GTX 580.

As for getting a board with 2 16x PCI-E slots, you would be fine with 8x slots for the 560, you might notice a drops of maybe 1-2 FPS but nothing really above that, i saw a test done with some GTX 480's in x8/x8 and there was no difference at all, and they are stronger cards then the 560's.

Good luck with your new build
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If your going AMD: Sapphire motherbaord and Sapphire video card.
If your going Intel: EVGA motherboard and EVGA video card.

Corsair for RAM and PSU for either above solution.

CoolerMaster makes great PSU's and towers as well.

Take your shot at Western Digital or Segate for HDD. If your getting a SDD then stick with Corsair.

That's my two cents for best set up and when I do it over in about four to five years that's how I'm going. Live and learn.

Naturally everything is moving to Sandy Bridge CPU. If you don't at least stick with LGA 1366 motherboards with i7 950 3.06Mhz CPU or better. Anything below it is obsolete now since Sandy Bridge is taking over. You don't need more than 4GB of RAM but 6GB or 8GB is fine depending on which board you get.
     
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