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The GTX 580 will destroy the 6950 in terms of gaming, especially since it is a non-unlockable version.
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2x 6850 = 1x 6970, plus i wouldnt be able to add any more cards in the future.
Ah, true .. It's your call about the potential second card.
However, I'd recommend 2x 6950's then, they can be unlocked to 6970's.
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The GTX 580 will destroy the 6950 in terms of gaming, especially since it is a non-unlockable version.
TPU unlocked their TFIII version
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I love building computers, and i already have a good idea for a build but i would like to see other peoples ideas, and maybe you guys can have fun with this also. So im asking for an AMD build for NO MORE than 915$ that will be used for only gaming and internet, nothing else maybe watching movies but thats rare. I have no preferences for anything and will be fine with unlocking things to better things if thats what you want to go for. As far as cases go, i dont like any raidmax cases except for the smilodon EB and i already owned that so nothing raidmax and nothing weird looking like a raidmax. Thanks and have fun
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For the 580 build, I didn't see a disc drive. Would he need one for his OS and driver installations? Or is he just gonna use his old Hard drive and disc drive for that..?

Im just clarifying.
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with $950 you should definitely go with a hd 6990 and a cheapo athlon ii x2
    
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with $950 you should definitely go with a hd 6990 and a cheapo athlon ii x2
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post #18 of 30

Here's my take on a $915 AM3+ expandable build with no SSD (though I would highly recommend one):
Phenom II x4 965 + Thermaltake Contac 30 - $165 shipped
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 [AM3+ BIOS compatible] - $140 shipped
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB 1600Mhz CL7-8-7 - $50 after promo [see link] shipped
Lancool K58W - $70 shipped
Antec EA650 Green + F3 1TB - $125 shipped all

- $340 shipped, $315 AR [Amazon]
- $22 shipped [Amazon]

Total cost:
$912 shipped
$887 after rebates

Perfect
post #19 of 30
You're much better off going Sandy Bridge if you want to game. You can make a great rig for the price. Consider this:

Samsung SH-S223C DVD+RW Writer: $20

LIAN Li Lancool PC-K58W Black Case: $70

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD: $65

MSI GTX 560 Ti TwinFrozr II/OC GPU: $250

Antec TruePower New 650W PSU: $80

A-DATA XPG 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48

MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Motherboard $140

Intel Core i5 2500K: $225

Subtotal: $898
Total: $911

This will give you the best overall performance. You can get a GTX 580 if you go the AMD route, but then if you decide to add another one you're gonna be severely bottlenecked. That, and the GTX 560 Ti offers MUCH more bang-for-buck and much better over-clocking. The TwinFrozr II version can get to 950MHz Core/1900MHz Shaders and 4600MHz Memory easily. At those clocks, it's the same speed as a GTX 570. The Radeon HD 6950 2GB is typically a few percentage faster stock, but when both are OCed they're the same speed since the 560 has more headroom. You can unlock shaders on the 6950, but that only brings a 3% increase in performance. Additionally, you're still gonna be held in comparison to a 6970 because it has slower rated memory (5GHz vs. 6GHz) and the Core doesn't over-clock as much. Of course, the 560 Ti is MUCH better for folding and costs a bit less, too. The TwinFrozr version also runs much cooler and makes less noise than the reference Radeon HD 6950. The Core i5 2500K will give you much more processing power than a Phenom II X4 in everything and faster speeds than a Phenom II X6 1090T stock in everything but video encoding/3D rendering. Over-clock both, however, and the 2500K will win there too. That's without mentioning the 2500K is much more efficient, too. The motherboard will give you SLI support should you want to add another GTX 560 in the future, and the PSU will take it no problems. The case is tremendous for the price, too.

Good luck with your build.

EDIT: disregard some of the things I said. The GTX 560 Ti TwinFrozr II is 2% faster than the Radeon HD 6950 2GB at 1920x1200. That's without counting further over-clocking, obviously. The GTX 560 still has more headroom than the 6950.
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post #20 of 30
Going to agree with LOL_Wut_Axel..in this budget, without an SSD, you can easily go Sandy Bridge..would look into his suggested build if I were you, but I know on the other hand that some people avoid Intel for the sake of it
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