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Thread: Shopping for a new system and looking for suggestions!

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    Ok the core i5 2500K (will be available in about a month cause the intel recall on motherboard chips)
    I have the crucial SSD cause they have the new SATA3 (6GbPS) controllers
    Asus MB (has new SATA controllers and USB 3.0)
    nVidia GXT460 (Fermi) middle of the line

    Anyhoo I can play WOW with all graphics on "Ultra" without any frame rate issues.
    Summon Waylander, I'm stuck again.

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    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3809/n...0-the-200-king
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...i3-2100-tested

    Oh and you will need a new power supply. The new intel chips need an 8 pin ATX (cpu power) connector which is newish.

    Personally I also needed to buy a new DVD drive cause mine was IDE and the new motherboard had no IDE
    Summon Waylander, I'm stuck again.

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    Definitely wait for the 2nd Gen core i5/core i7 motherboards to become available again.
    Summon Waylander, I'm stuck again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waylander View Post
    Definitely wait for the 2nd Gen core i5/core i7 motherboards to become available again.
    Thanks for the suggestions, Way. My first inclination was to go for the i7 2600K but I think I'm going to settle for a step down from the Sandy Bridge chipset. I'm spending a little extra in other places and I think the slightly cheaper i7-870 and accompanying board (I'm still able to get away with SATA 3 and USB 3.0) will give me enough power. The only drawback I found to this board is that running SLI will reduce each PCIe slot to x8 whereas some of the newer boards will run them both in x16. I can't have it all, I guess. At least, not without paying a lot more and the current price tag is already killing me

    I have to say that I've never had such a hard time finding a reliable yet affordable board. This one is the only LGA1156 board that I've been able to find at Newegg that has a large proportion of positive reviews from both users and review sites, does what I want (mostly), and won't cost me my sack. I really wish it would run both cards at x16.

    This could all change since it will be a bit before I actually order the parts. Hopefully we'll see a reduction in prices soon. Here are the parts I would like if I were to order today. Comments are welcome.

    MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card x 2
    $209.99ea -$10.00ea Instant $399.98


    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $69.99


    ASRock P55 EXTREME4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $149.99


    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER
    $169.99 -$28.00 Instant $141.99


    Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    $289.99


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
    $129.99 -$20.00 Instant $109.99


    Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-128M2S 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $279.99


    BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure
    $5.99


    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
    $49.99


    CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler
    $71.36


    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    $9.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    $179.99


    Total before MIR & Shipping: $1,719.24

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    Damn the read speed on that is stupid fast. /jealous

    Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    $289.99
    I have an i7-860 and it's great. 870 is unlocked and easier to overclock I guess and a wee bit faster. I have mine clocked at 3.75Ghz but not on stock cooler.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    $179.99
    I think the only real difference between Home and Professional is having Windows XP mode. Other than that you can get the home OEM version for $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-754-_-Product

    You got a cool system in the works. I wish I had $ to rebuild all the time, it's so fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waylander View Post
    Definitely wait for the 2nd Gen core i5/core i7 motherboards to become available again.
    Way, I apologize profusely; you are correct, sir. Those processors outperform the more expensive original i5/i7. I will likely get a Sandy Bridge i5 for $100 less than what I was going to pay for the i7-870 and it will do more. Now I just have to wait the boards to be re-released. I'm also going to get slightly slower RAM and a few other adjustments to drop the price.

    Thanks for all your input, guys. Let me know if you have any more.

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    I agree with everything so far. Intel is definitely the way to go and I would wait for the 2nd Gen processors.

    I have two identical systems that I built about 18 months ago and I used the Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. I have always liked Antec cases and this is a good case, however I did notice that things get a little tight between the hard drive area and the end of the video card. I have an SLI board but am currently only running 1 Nvidia 9800 GTX video card. It does make it a little more difficult to route SATA cables and power connectors, but not impossible. The case looks good and keeps everything cool. The fans have speed adjustments and will get a little loud when running on high. Overall, it should be a good case for you.

    Have fun!

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    The only thing I don't like about that case is there's no window to show off the goods! I like Antec too I myself have an Antec 900. There's actually a MIR right now for the 900 that goes until the 16th which actually makes it only $10 more than the 300. You get a side window, upward facing front i/o panel, a bigger exhaust fan on top (200mm)and a tray on top to put stuff which fits my PC game controller perfectly.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-021-_-Product
    Last edited by Merth; 03-10-2011 at 09:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merth View Post
    The only thing I don't like about that case is there's no window to show off the goods! I like Antec too I myself have an Antec 900. There's actually a MIR right now for the 900 that goes until the 16th which actually makes it only $10 more than the 300. You get a side window, upward facing front i/o panel, a bigger exhaust fan on top (200mm)and a tray on top to put stuff which fits my PC game controller perfectly.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-021-_-Product
    Hehe, that's the case my current system is running in. You make a good point. I'll likely buy that one again since I've had an excellent experience with it.

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    So I've finally decided to make some purchases. I bought the following items yesterday due to a killer sale on OCZ SSD's. Here's the scoop:

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

    Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V,SLI Ready

    OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)x2 (I will not be running these in RAID. I bought two 60GB instead of 120GB due to the awesome one-day sale at Newegg).

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

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    This is what I will likely get when I return to North Carolina next month. It may change but I feel pretty sure about these being the best for me right now.

    Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (I'll get another to run in SLI as finances permit)

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor



    It should be pretty rockin'.

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