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CPU: AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz.

GPU: EVGA GTX 560 ti (Fermi) 2gb.

RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series 8gb (2 x 4gb) DDr3

Power: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650w 80 Plus Bronze.

MotherBoard: ASRock 970 EXTREM3 AM3- ATX.

Memory: 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm Bare-Drive.

Case: BitFenix Ghost ATX/Mid tower.

DVD Drive: Asus, Blah Blah Blah.


buy a 7850 or higher unless you need cuda....free games

The 560 ti is the best Card on the market still for 230 bucks. My friend has that card and even streaming he gets over 150 fps. I don't want to go with Amd atm because I know this card will get more frames.

I would go for a 7870 by Gigabyte or , HIS. In most, or eve all the 7870 beats the 560ti, and for $220-$260 you can't beat it. If you do not beleive me look at these benchmarks. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=548

ok good luck with that.... sounds legit










While hwcompare isn't really reliable, I do agree with the fact that a 7870 and even a 7850 is faster than a 560 Ti. They even consume less power, run cooler and have 2GB of ram( which is needed for high res). If you don't want to go AMD, still don't get a 560 Ti. Get a 660 instead, at least

I would like to thank everyone for the feed back. Now that my eyes have been opened, do I go with 7870, or the 660? I notice that AMD has a higher core speed, but run hotter, and Nvidia cards run a bit slower and cooler. I am looking for a card around 200-250, since I will not be playing the highest demanding games on the market. 

there's a bit more to consider than just core speed, its how many cores, how they work, how many raster operator units it has, texture units has, the tesselators, memory bandwidth (128/192/256/384 bit) in conjunction with the memory clock

but you don't have to be a rocket scientest to pick out a GPU, you simply need to look at the results


you can get a good 7870 for $249

but you can get a better 660Ti for $274




if you want to know more about any of the things I talked about the best way is to google them and go to wikipedia, if you have further qeustions come here

An Alt (But Not Recommended)

Get and X6 for 89


and put the extra cash on a 570

Great scott! Are you mad I am not down grading from a 4.2Ghz processor down to a 2.7. I am not a guy who does over clocking. So I will most likley stick with the core speed. I would like a good CPU ~ GPU ratio.

Call me a scrub, but I really like the GTX 660 ti, i had looked at it a long time ago and just thought it was too much. But now seeing I can get it for $254.99, after mail in rebate. My question is how do I do mail-in rebate? because I can get a better card for the same price as the 7870.

if your gmaing and not doing photoshop then go with amd http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sx4Y if you want to do photoshop the nvidia http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sI7s if you go the 660 non "TI" yo save like $70 vs the 660ti and like 30 vs 7870 also its worth noting that you can get a fx 8320 for $155 only like $25 more than the fx 6300

Do I really need the 2 extra cores on the CPU? I feel the 4170 is a good CPU for $119, and thanks for the help.

You should consider getting an FX-4300 instead. Not much reason to get Zambezi. They're power hungry, heat devils. Vishera relieved a lot of the problems.

Thanks! I am going to get the FX-4300 Vishera and see how it performs. But I did notice the core clock is only 3.8GHz compared to the FX-4170, will I see a change, positive or nagative with that. Keep in mind I will not be doing any over clocking I don't feel the need to push my CPU to its limits nor' do I know how.

I don't think so.

If you're not satisfied, you should at least try to learn to OC. It's fairly easy these days, and it won't burn down your house like most people think. 

 Thanks for the help. Well I will be buying the parts this tuesday. I am excited and I am very grateful for your guys help and opinions.