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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Need to Buy: (Preferably Newegg)
Motherboard: (Sub $150)
- Must be socket 1155
- Must have 4 DDR3 slots
- Must support 2 way SLI
- Must have Sata 6GB/s and USB 3.0
- Must support RAID
1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130583

CPU: (Sub $220)
- Quad Core
- Sandy Bridge
1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

RAM: (Sub $60 for 8GB0
- 4GB Per Stick

GPU: (Sub $220)
- Nvidia
- DX11
- Fermi (GTX 400 series or GTX 500 series)
- How much video memory is needed to run 1920X1080? (I will be gaming at this resolution.)
- How much video memory is needed for the programs I will be running other than games.
Here are the ones I am considering ranked By Performance:
1. GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB ---------$200
2. GeForce GTX 560 2GB ------------$220
3. GeForce GTX 560 1GB ------------$190
4. GeForce GTX 460 2GB ------------$130

Hard Drives: (Sub $100)
- Reliable
- Fast
- What raid setup would be redundant and fast?
- What raid setup would allow me to easily replace and rebuild a dead hard drive?

Already Own:
Operating System:
- Windows 7 Ultimate

- Antec 300

PSU: (This will be upgraded later when I add a second GPU)
- Antec Basiq 500w

DVD Drive:
- Standard Sata DVD Burner

What I use the computer for:
- Photoshop CS5 along with the rest of the CS5 suite (photo and video editing along with large InDesign documents)
- Games (Diablo 3, Battlefield 3, along with tons of current and older games)
- CAD software
- Programming software
- iTunes (Lots of music and podcasts)
- VLC media player for movies
- Google Chrome

Other: (Goals etc.)
- This computer must be reliable as it will be my main computer through college (This includes storage redundancy).
- This computer must be quiet, not silent, but not obnoxious.
- I will upgrade the computer occasionally throughout the next few years, graphics cards mostly.
- After I get the computer running, I will decide if it is too loud, and buy a CPU cooler if I must. I wont be overclocking at first anyway.
- When I add a second GPU sometime down the road, I will add another GPU and use SLI.
- I will back up the hard drives on an external hard drive frequently.
- I will eventually be running dual 1080p or bigger monitors, but for now I will be using my 1680X1050 22" monitor.

Advice is very much appreciated
Thanks guys!
(I will add more links to parts that I am considering, or take out links that I have decided against.)

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Get a GTX 560 Ti or HD6950 1GB for a GPU.

For a mobo get the MSI P67A-G43

Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 off Newegg you can get it for like $55
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I added a list of GPUs I am considering. It would be awesome if anyone could give me more help with narrowing those down. (I need to decide where the best price/performance balance is.)

I would like some more suggestions on good motherboards, the MSI looks great though.

I have some raid questions too. Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it!

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Yeah, I just looked up benches and it looks like the 560 is my best bet. Now I need some advice on 1GB vs 2GB. I have listed what I will be using the rig for in my original post.

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Originally Posted by Z13
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The 560Ti will absolutely smash the 460 1GB.


Get the 560ti hands down


As your are using your rig for a variety of diffrent applications i would say it would be best to go for a 2gb gpu, Although if you plan on staying at your current monitor resolution 1gb will suffice

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I have the version of that case with more fans and blue LED's. If you want space and good cable management, it's not the best, but I do think it's a good case for the money. Seems solid and has a nice simple look. (But like I said, space is a little lacking.
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