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Old 02-26-2012, 11:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am about 2 days away from ordering my parts and I have just a few last questions.

Heres the parts:

MOBO: Newegg.com - ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Micro Center - AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition 3GHz Quad Core Socket AM3 Boxed Processor 186932

GFX: Newegg.com - XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL


1. Do I need a better PSU or is the one I have fine? (I have Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply)

2. Can I get better parts for the same price?

3. Is XFX a good GFX brand?

4. Will I be happy with the 6870?

5. Will the card fit into my case? (Newegg.com - Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case)

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Old 02-27-2012, 01:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1) Your PSU is fine, the NEO ECO is a beastly little thing, ran a card that required 500w on my 400w NEO ECO.

2) Looks like you've got the best parts in the price range, can save $1-2 on RAM, but no biggie.

3) Yes, XFX makes awesome cards backed by a lifetime warranty.

4) No idea what you're using it for, but it is a good mid-range card so can't see why you wouldn't be happy.

5) Yes. From case details: "Fits large 11.5" performance graphics cards", from the card: "8.66" x 4.4" x 1.5""

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@4: Mild Gaming. Nothing super ultra amazing epic graphics but I also dont want to be on minimum while barely scraping 25 or 30 fps together lol

Right now all I really plan on playing alot of is Diablo 3. Other than that I just mess around with whatever game tickles my fancy. CS, LOTR, MW3, Battlefield, etc.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Are you referring to this line?

+3.3V@24A, +5V@24A, +12V@40A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2.5A
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Yep and 40 amps on the 12 volt rail is just fine.
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