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Even with intel, would you lower the mobo and psu if I'm not planning on running crossfire?

Also, should I go from 6950 to 6850?
Edited by externe - 4/24/11 at 2:19pm
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Even with intel, would you lower the mobo and psu if I'm not planning on running crossfire?
At 1080p going single card means in around a year or two you won't be able to play games at max settings. Again, if you're getting a CPU and GPU of this caliber, it's best to have future expandability.

If you don't care about running games at max. settings but still want to be able to game ~4 or more years from now:

Samsung SH-S223C DVD+RW Writer: $20

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB: $65

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO: $109

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850: $170

Antec NEO ECO 620W: $70

G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.5V: $48

AMD Phenom II X4 925: $115

LIAN Li Lancool PC-K58W: $70

Subtotal: $667
Total: $678

This is the best you're gonna get if you lower your budget to $700. In two years, CrossFire the 6850 and you're set for two more years at high settings.
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This one comes out to 775$ with shipping
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okay, those look good. I'll way out my options and figure out what I want. I have a little extra cash to spend on it but I don't want to spend on something I won't be using much.

Now that I have a few options, I'll let you know if I have further questions.
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Even with intel, would you lower the mobo and psu if I'm not planning on running crossfire?

Also, should I go from 6950 to 6850?
Microcenter is going to allow you to get the expandable motherboard that you want in your budget..just hold out and get one of their CPU/Mobo bundles..grab an ASUS P67 Pro or something and you'll be set for Crossfire and you won't bust your budget.
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So, what's the verdict on 6850 vs 6950. Is it worth it to upgrade?
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So, what's the verdict on 6850 vs 6950. Is it worth it to upgrade?
Again, that depends on what you want. If you want to spend a decent time gaming at max settings with lots of AA, the 6950. If you can go with "just" high settings and normal AA then get the 6850. It all depends also on if you want to spend the cash on other things.

Like I said in my list, if you get the build I made now, you'll enjoy games at high settings for around two years. After then, you can get another 6850 and enjoy for two more years.
    
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okay, those look good. I'll way out my options and figure out what I want. I have a little extra cash to spend on it but I don't want to spend on something I won't be using much.

Now that I have a few options, I'll let you know if I have further questions.
You can get the CPU from Microcenter for $179. Nothing you buy from AMD is going to touch the performance of that chip and the cost difference of the CPU just isn't worth it, IMO. You can probably save a few bucks with an AMD board though. Last I looked, you could pick up the 2500K and Gigabyte UD3 board at Microcenter for just a shade over $300. Your other components are basically going to be the same whether you go Intel or AMD. I just don't understand the logic of going with AMD when the Intel CPU and Mobo are right around $300.

Good luck with your choice
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post #29 of 30
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There are a bunch of results on newegg when i search 'radeon hd 6950'

Which one should I get?
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MOBO suggestions? From what I'm reading, it looks like 2500k might be more than what I need for basic gaming. Would switching to phenom II x4 955 hurt the performance I would get with the MSI GTX 560 TwinFrozr II or Radeon HD 6950?
well if you're just doing basic gaming than i would save money on the card and keep with the i5 2500k a good 460 gtx clocker will run any game, or u can even get a 470 at good price, I my self dont like the 500 series there is not a big difference when it come to the 2
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