laurentiugh

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Hello guys!

I'm thinking to get myself a new gaming pc, since i'm tired of playing with low details on my laptop and also of ps3 :).
So after sone study i found this configuration most satisfying (i wont post the prices because i calculated in my country's currency):

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ASRock Z68 PRO3 (PRO3 is cheaper than Extreme 4 and i'm not after SLI/x)

CPU
I5-2500k - nothing to add here, best performance/price ratio

GPU
MSI Twin frozor Radeon HD 6950 2GB - i like this card though i'm not 100% sure that it worts it's price, quite expensive. However i plan to unlock it to 6970 and then it becomes very effective as performance/price. If i buy this i wont need an upgrade for quite a while :)

Power
Corsair TX650M or TX750V2 - not sure if 650W is enough or i need 750

RAM
G.Skill Ripjaws - Memory - 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB - this looks quite good, i will get this from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/G-Skill-Ripjaws-240-pin-PC3-12800-unbuffered/dp/B00339X1EM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1315186578&sr=8-2

Case
Cooler master HAF 912 - i like this case, very good price (about 100euro). Not sure about usb, it says it has usb 2.0, i need 3.0 also but i dont think it matters for the case.

Well as for the HDD i have a 1TB that i used for external storage until now and it will do, will plan a SSD for the OS in the future.

So do you guys think that my configuration will fits fine or is there something to change? this build is at about 900 euros.
 

AdrianPerry

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Overall its a fairly nice build :)

The 6950 is a good card choice, although id also recommend looking at the GTX 560 Ti from Nvidia.

PSU - 650w is plenty, 750w is enough to crossfire/SLI 6950's but since your getting a motherboard without crossfire/SLI support, id suggest saving some money and get a 500w PSU which is plenty for a single card + i5-2500k with overclocking.

USB 3.0 - USB 3.0 ports on the case are more personal choice than anything else, the motherboard you have listed has x2 USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O panel anyway so you can connect devices there if you wish.
 

laurentiugh

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Ok, thank you for your reply. About the video card, i seen that in the tests the 6950 if its unlocked to 6970 is way above GTX 560 Ti and the price is almost similar. So that is the reason for choosing this card, correct me if i'm wrong pls.
 

AdrianPerry

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The 560Ti can overclock to the same as a 570 which is on the same level as a 6970.

You also get the advantage of PhysX and Nvidia seems to show better DX11 performance in some games.

Overall its my view that the 560 is more of a solid all round card than the 6950 when gaming at 1920x1080 or lower resolution.

Graphics card Hierarchy chart here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-performance-radeon-geforce,review-32251-7.html

Bottom line seems to come down to the resolution/monitor set up you plan on using. A single monitor 1920x1080 or less = 560Ti, Multiple Monitor or higher resolution than 1920x1080 = 6950.

http://www.hwcompare.com/8888/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-radeon-hd-6950-2gb/

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1533/20/
 

laurentiugh

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ok, i see though my common sense is telling me that the 6850 should be a lot better since it has double the ram memory. I plan on using single monitor for gaming, or a 1080 tv, depends what i'm playing...bun dont have any plan on using both at a time in a game. So i see i should change to 560 ti...shall i still get the msi twin frozor? it's a bit more expansive than the rest but it should do. EVGA is quite good also and it is a bit cheaper but maybe the twin frozor will help if i want to OC to 570
 

AdrianPerry

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The extra RAM does help, but only at the larger resolutions (more than 1920x1080) which is why alot of people using multi-monitor set ups tend to go with ATI cards.

If your planning on alot of overclocking on the GPU, id recommend going with a card with 2 cooling fans rather than 1, although the 560Ti is fairly good in terms of heat.

The cards are very very similar, id recommend maybe posting in the graphics card section of the forum and see what responses you get there. It maybe a case of just buy whichever is the cheapest at the time of purchase because the performance difference is so comparable.