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11-01-2012, 12:59 PM
Hi everyone,
I have finally decided what I am going to get for my new computer build based on tips and advice from the users, except one thing: the graphics card. I cannot decide whether to get a Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB (http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?e=784824) or the EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1GB (http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=847066). And if it was between HD6950 (http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?e=825954) or GTX 560 Ti (http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=815079), which one should I choose?

This is my computer build components: (List on PriceSpy) (http://pricespy.co.nz/list.php?l=52574&view=m)

Asus P8Z68-V Pro (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_PRO/) Motherboard
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 (http://ark.intel.com/products/52210/Intel-Core-i5-2500K-Processor-(6M-Cache-3_30-GHz)) CPU
Kingston HyperX DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 XMP 2x4GB (http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KHX1600C9D3K2_8GX.pdf) RAM
Crucial m4 2.5" 128GB (http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT128M4SSD2) SSD
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 64MB 2TB (http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?name=st2000DM001-barracuda-7200-14-sata-6gb/s-2tb-hd&vgnextoid=ba11e63bb94f2310VgnVCM1000001a48090aRCRD&vgnextch) HDD
Lite-On iHAS324 (http://us.liteonit.com/us/dvd-internal/item/dvdinternal/ihas324) Optical Drive
Seasonic X-760 760W (http://www.seasonicusa.com/NEW_X-series_560-660-760-850.htm) PSU
In-Win Mana (Black) (http://www.inwin-style.com/pd_info.php?id=156) Case
TP-Link TL-WN951N (http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WN951N) Wireless Network Card

If there are any changes I should make or you have any recommendations feel free to tell me.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate this.

12-01-2012, 07:47 PM
bump: you can probably find better prices by shopping around yourself.

12-01-2012, 11:11 PM
The 6870 is quite a bit faster than the 550 Ti so I'd go that way. The 6950 and 560 Ti on the other hand perform very close to the same so it's more about preference in that case.
I usually go for Nvidia cards because I've had less compatibilty / driver issues with them, but my old HD4850 was one of the best cards I've had once the drivers got sorted (had weird light rays in some games the first month or so) and lasted me a few years of great gaming performance at a good price. Basically pick one of them and you'd be happy either way.

The rest of the specs look great, if you plan on overclocking you'll need a better CPU cooler and if you're not (and never will) the plain 2500 is a little cheaper for the same performance.

The good old Hyper212 is a good cheap air cooler for all but hardcore overclocking and I rather like my Antec Kuhler also - it cools about the same, costs twice as much, but makes no audible noise and doesn't take up much room.