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So I post earlier this week about my friends desire to make a pc. So I've been chosen to create one (more volunteered) and the max budget for everything besides Peripherals, disc drive and OS is $1000 (not flexible). All goods will be purchased at Newegg. Also, I'm too lazy to link everything, so if you want more info as to what I'm buying, post here asking or just newegg search.

Purpose: Gaming, simply gaming

So this is where I've come down to.

CPU: i5 2500k
HDD: 500gb
CPU cooler: Thermaltake Frio

Now the debatable items come to play

Case: He likes the following, HAF series, Antec 3/6/9/1200, NZXT phantom. Favorite colors are Red and Blue. Was also suggesting a Fractal Design R3 midtower.

Mobo: Simply cannot decide. Its between the MSI GD65, Biostar P67XE, ASROCK extreme 4, ASROCK, PRO3, Gigabyte UD4/UD3.

Ram: Gskill Ripjaws X 2x2gb Cas 9 1333 or cas9 1600? ($6 difference)

PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520/620, Seasonic M12II, or others. Prefer modular, but no a requirement

Finally, the issue that is giving me the most headaches, I've even started a thread about it in the gpu section:

gpu choices include:
MSI TWIN FROZR III Power Edition 6950
Asus DIRECTCUII EAH6950
ASUS DIRECTCUII gtx 570 (power phase issue fixed)
Gigabyte Windfore 6970
MSI Lightning 6970.

I've seen both the recommend PSU, p67 mobo comparison list and other great guides for this build. He probably will not SLI or Crossfire so we're talking single cards here, so number of slots taken up or the bandwidth given by the mobo is a non issue.


Can you guys please help me?


Please if you're going to post, add something of value, as in post a whole build or suggest a part and explain why you believe it is good.

All feedback is appreciated.
Edited by Spykerv - 4/18/11 at 11:11pm
     
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Get this card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked

OR this: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Maximum Graphics Edition Crysis 2

OR this: http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...s%20Family&sw=
Edited by The_Seabigbear - 4/18/11 at 8:08pm
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Bro. No. If I was to ever get a 560 it would be the golden edition from MSI. but 560s cost the same as 6950s, offer less performance (by as few as a frame to as many as 10) and offer less memory so no AA used. They clock up to a 570 but not a 580. They do not unlock. They are in my opinion not true successor to the throne of the Gtx 460, the gamers card. Therefore they do not exist to me. They suck.
     
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Well, the 570 is the best out of the cards mentioned... So yeah, I would go with the Asus gtx 570
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Well, the 570 is the best out of the cards mentioned... So yeah, I would go with the Asus gtx 570
No the EVGA 570 is better is every way dude!
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Well, the 570 is the best out of the cards mentioned... So yeah, I would go with the Asus gtx 570
As a single card at 1920x1080... Yeah probably so. :/ I just wonder if the improved vrm design will let me OC to a 580 compared to say a windforce 6970 OC.

It's a close call with all the cards, and extremely hard decision. All feed back is truly appreciated.
     
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No the EVGA 570 is better is every way dude!
But that wasn't one of the options... And "better in every way" seems to be a bit of an overstatement don't you think?
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No the EVGA 570 is better is every way dude!
o_o O__O O________O. Go tell it to everyone who's 570s explode when they overclock. Hell to the no. Some people had 570s blow up while under water. It was never the temp, always the VRMs blowing. No thanks
     
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o_o O__O O________O. Go tell it to everyone who's 570s explode when they overclock. Hell to the no. Some people had 570s blow up while under water. It was never the temp, always the VRMs blowing. No thanks
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I saw a thread where users were compiling all the 570 that were blown up. I kid you not alright, 570s have power phase issues because Nvidia used some stupid butt decision to use 4+2 and 570s when even so much as slightly overclocked, blow up (brick). So no, I will not be buying a reference 570. Non ref Twin Frozr III and DirextCUII 570s on the other hand have improves VRM design, therefore they donnot explode.
     
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