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Old 03-05-2011, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, with Rift out and TESV Skyrim supposedly coming out at the end of this year, I am wanting to build a new computer. As usual, I am always torn on which video card to get and which CPU to get. I will link all the parts for completeness and evaluation.

Motherboard - ASUS M4A79XTD
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965
RAM (might go with an 8gb setup...) - G.SKILL 4GB
Case - Antec Nine Hundred

Video Card - Torn between a GTX470 and a GTX460:
Card 1
Card 2
Card 3

I have read that the 470 is anywhere from 20-30% faster...but can someone explain the free performance deal with Card 2? It is $100 cheaper after all MIRs.

Thanks for the assistance on the video cards and the feedback on the rest.

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Old 03-05-2011, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure about the gpu...but I'm going to suggest Intel's new Sandy Bridge instead of AMD. Probably the i7 2600k or if you don't want to spend $330 then probably the i5 2500k which is $200 (if I remember correctly). Much faster. Easier OC. Amazing. Unless of course you're tied to AMD..

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Old 03-05-2011, 09:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am not married to AMD, but on Newegg it is $79 more. As it stands now, I think I'd rather spend that on a better GPU.
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Bump, anyone else have any thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It just depends how much you want to spend. You'll get the most bang for your buck though on card 2 since it is only $140, but it is the weakest.
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