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  1. Rray

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    It's a little over $110. I'd put my cost at about $150, though, considering that the nearest store that sells it (not to mention the cheapest) is far from me. On the good side, I just bought the Sapphire 6950 2GB. What do you guys think? Should I put it in my computer now or not? I can't test it in my brother's house since he's having a party and I'd hate to disturb him in such a good time. It worked pretty well in the seller's rig, though, he had a much better case and PSU. Here's a few pictures, by the way: http://img214.imageshack.us/slideshow/webplayer.php?id=imag0005vq.jpg EDIT: Here's the link to my preferred PSU. http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=274&area=en I've been reading reviews about FSP Aurum Gold and most seem good.
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    I could spend about $200 for the case and PSU. Hopefully, with that $200, I could get a few additional fans. Just an update, I'm going to buy 6950 2GB tomorrow, bought it for P9,000 or roughly about $225. I'll go over to my brother's house tomorrow since I have no school and test the card in his rig. I'm afraid to test it in my unit, considering that I've read a lot of bad things about generic PSUs. I know it's not new but, I know the seller anyway. So ... For now, I'm still eyeing this PSU: http://www.silverstonetek.com/product_power.php?tno=1&area=en Double EDIT: Found this being recommended at some local forums I've been lurking. Anyone here using this? http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/750-watt-psu-80-plus-gold,2927-4.html Here's something cheaper and of the same manufacturer. Sorry for the review, I couldn't find something better. http://www.conversense.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=18 Personally, I haven't read about FSP before until now. Though, I'm not that literate when it comes to PSUs and computer parts in general. So, I absolutely need some help regarding this one.
  3. Man, I wish I had that kind of a deal for that PSU here.
  4. I wish I could join. Then again, I've only been a member for a few days.
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    With that settled, I'll probably buy the Sapphire 6950 2GB on Thursday. All that's left is for me to save up about $200 after Christmas and work on a new Case and PSU. Basically, on my list would be the Sapphire 6950 2GB, a new case and a PSU. I won't go for a new motherboard considering the possible price drop by mid 2012 on Sandy Bridge processor, which I intend to switch to eventually. Questions: 1. Do I need to buy a new mobo if I buy the 6950? 2. Could anyone suggest a case that's in the $50-$100 price range? Include a PSU as well. I'll work on a list first before I decide on which to buy by Monday next week. As of the moment, I have these in mind: - http://www.silverstonetek.com/product_power.php?tno=1&area=en - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339025
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    I found the same PSU as yours being sold for $70, I'm still asking how many months it has been used yet. Anyway, would you recommend that? 1. I know that the CoolerMaster is a better option but it's kind of hard to resist the price difference between the two. $50 is a huge difference, IMO. 2. With that said, I'm contemplating on whether to buy the XFX 6950 1GB or the Sapphire 6950 2GB. Both are being sold at the same price by the way. So, which one should I buy?
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    Would this also be good? http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/lexa_s Also, just a question, is there much of a difference between the Sapphire 6950 2GB and XFX 6950 1GB? It seems that the 6950 I was vying for was already reserved for someone else and I'd have to pray for it not to be bought which is highly unlikely. So, the XFX 6950 1GB is my next option, sold at the same price as the Sapphire 6950, though, it's been in use of 7 months. Should I go for it or consider buying a lesser brand new card?
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    Any other alternatives? I'm looking at this as a viable alternative, http://www.coolermaster.com/upload/download/709/files/CM%20690%20II%20Advanced%20(USB%203%20version)%20-%20product%20sheet.0pdf.
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    I'd be willing to spend about $200 for both the case and power supply. Would that be enough?
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    I have a 19 Inch Samsung LED Monitor. Anyway, I've been doing more reading and I think I need to do something about this generic case of mine, since from what I've read, a properly ventilated computer would last twice as long as one that's packed with so much heat. Here's my current casing by the way, http://www.cclonline.com/product/54007/OL-01/Cases/Olympix-FC-OL01A-Midi-Tower-Case/CAS1398/
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    Nevermind about that. Say if I bought that 6950, would that eliminate my need for GPUs in the near future? Buying it, I'd have about just $100 to spend somewhere else, would that card be fully utilized with my current specs?
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    More or less $90 for it. EDIT: I found this http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1041&pid=1235&psn=&lid=1&leg=0 being sold by my brother's mate after a month's use for about $60 less than its original price. Said he was going to replace it with a 6990 with Ref Cooler. What do you guys think? It's better reviewed than the 560 Ti that Angel mentioned.
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    I'm looking at this one, http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=274&area=en I've been reading and I do think that 550W should be enough for me. Plus, I doubt that I'll be doing some overclocking anyway.
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    - It's a stock PSU from the Generic Casing. I was hoping to have it replaced by something that you could suggest. - I'm going to buy my stuff from three local shops and I couldn't find one that had a website. I took a look at newegg, though and the prices are pretty similar. It's just that most shops here wait for about a month or two for what's new in the market. - Yes. I do have a 64 bit Operating System. I'm currently using Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. What you're suggesting is nice and I was hoping to buy a new CPU instead of just upgrading my GPU. However, I doubt I'll be able to find that CPU being sold near me considering that it would take about until February or March before that's sold in the market here. I'm from the Philippines, by the way. I'll try to look into what you suggested though. With the APU solution out, would you be able to suggest something regarding a new case? I'll try to look for where I could buy that APU here though. Also, about that GPU thing you were talking about, what GPU would I be buying? The 4850? Also, considering that you brought up the topic of building a completely new rig in the next few months when the price drops, would you also mind suggesting a temporary board or if I should need one? I could easily get it sold for about 75% of its original price.
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    First of all, I'd like to say that I am a noob when it comes to building gaming rigs. Most of my life, I've relied on my older brother to provide me with the means of satisfying my needs to play computer games. Yes, I'm a gamer and I don't know a bit about computers. That's why, I need help. I moved out of the house quite recently and was given by my brother this computer: CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 GPU: Sapphire Radeon 5450 Mobo: Emaxx-MCP61D3-iCafe RAM: 4 GB Kingston DDR3 And, everything else is pretty much generic. I'm considering upgrading this and turning it into a mid-end gaming rig and I'd like to start with the mobo, ram and GPU first, as well as a new case since this one is generic. What I have in mind is these: Mobo: Asus M5A97 RAM: G.Skills Ripjaws Red DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) GPU: Sapphire 6790 or 6870. However, I'm pretty confused since up to this day, I've read reviews that 4850/4870 are one of the best video cards out there in terms of price-quality ratio and some are sold here for little over half the price of the 6790, which somehow is quite a tempting offer. I don't want to include my budget but somewhere around that price range would be good. I'm also planning to upgrading to Phenom X6 but that's about a few months from now, probably until my birthday. Oh yeah, I forgot, I'm planning to buy all of these next friday, on the 30th. So, I'd really appreciate anyone helping me around here. Thanks! EDIT: 6790 or 6870
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