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I posted a thread a week or so ago to get help building a potential Sandy Bridge rig. I thought deciding between that and a different rig would warrant another thread. I want people's opinions on what I should do moving forward.

First option:
i7 2600K - 279.99 at Microcenter
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe 229.99
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 114.99
Palit GTX 580 3GB 500.00
Seasonic X-850 200.00
2 Samsung F3 1TB hds 129.98
1 Samsung F4 2TB hd 79.99
ASUS Xonar Essence STX - 179.99
Pioneer BDR-206MBK - 109.99
Total Spent: $1825 + tax + case/cooling - (what I could make from my sig build)

Second Option (using current build):
i7 860 [free]
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro 179.99
4GB G.Skill 1600mhz RAM, the cheap kind[free]
Gigabyte GTX 275 OC w/ double vram [free]
Seasonic X-850 200.00
2 Samsung F3 1TB hds 129.98
1 Samsung F4 2TB hd 79.99
ASUS Xonar Essence STX - 179.99
Pioneer BDR-206MBK - 109.99
Total Spent: $880 + tax + case/cooling - (what I could make from my current power supply and motherboard)

I want a build that will last for the next 3-4 years without much improvement. I personally think the weak point of the second system would be the graphics card, but that can be upgraded at a later date. I just want an all things considered (power, price, etc) opinion from you guys about which I should go with.

Or, if you want to suggest a hybrid of the two then be my guest.

Thanks!

edit: pasted from recent post:

Okay, I want to add 1 more consideration into the mix. I want to watercool as much of this computer as possible, but don't want to waste a lot of money on waterblocks that won't be useful for future upgrades. I have little experience with waterblocks. I assume I will be able to reuse my CPU block in the future, but what about MB/GPU blocks? I don't want to shell out 150 for a GPU block that I'll need to replace in 2 years.
Edited by imblind - 4/27/11 at 12:00am
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post #2 of 24
Well if you want that to last for next 3-4 years the obvious choice is the first build with 580 and 2600k...also I would definitely get an SSD...best single upgrade ever!
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I'd say definitely the second option. A strong OC'ed 860 will last you a good long while. That, plus a bump to 8 GB if you need it and a stronger GPU, that'll keep you set for 3-4 years easy.

Well, I suppose that's a subjective statement. My 920 will be beaten out by a sandy bridge chip, but in all honesty, I can't imagine how long it's going to be until my rig is considered "slow".

I'm a frugal person, so I just see that and say "A thousand bucks for me to play with?" I can do a lot with that. Option number 2 imo.
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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
I'd say definitely the second option. A strong OC'ed 860 will last you a good long while. That, plus a bump to 8 GB if you need it and a stronger GPU, that'll keep you set for 3-4 years easy.

Well, I suppose that's a subjective statement. My 920 will be beaten out by a sandy bridge chip, but in all honesty, I can't imagine how long it's going to be until my rig is considered "slow".

I'm a frugal person, so I just see that and say "A thousand bucks for me to play with?" I can do a lot with that. Option number 2 imo.
I see the same thing, but then add at the end " a thousand bucks... I could get some awesome parts for my PC with that"... so in the end it would make no difference...

Personally I think the 2600K + GTX 580 3GB is the way to go. You should add up what you think you can get for the stuff you would sell in either option, as people don't seem to be taking that into account here, that it's not actually a full $1000 more once you sell the extra parts, if you can.

EDIT: Though I do agree with the SSD comment, a great upgrade indeed.
    
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post #5 of 24
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thanks guys. Just some more info:

I currently play every game I like at full on my 1920x1200 monitor with my 275, and I am actually about to downgrade my monitor to a 1920x1080 one, so graphics cards should be considered in that context. I don't really play Crysis, but I'll want to be able to max Battlefield 3 and Shogun TW at full settings (and maybe Battlefield 4?).

I can overclock whichever processor I decide on.

keep the info coming guys

edit: I also want to say that I could go for the graphic card upgrade alone and keep my current CPU.
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I'm an ATI AMD guy, so I say bump to a 6950 2GB and flash it. That'll max anything you need on 1080p for a good long time. Mine is an absolute monster...
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If I could find a buyer for my graphics card I might do the 2nd build but:

1. remove the power supply
2. use my current supply (Corsair TX650)
3. Get the Palit card

Altogether, this might only be + ~$250
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2nd option - upgrade to 8gb of RAM and new GPU as needed. Save a ton of money, still have a kick ass computer. The i7 860 will be more than powerful enough for the next few years of gaming once overclocked. There's no real need to overlook this awesome deal. I'm jealous

And yeah, use the Corsair TX650 until it's failing on you. So long as you keep it to 1 GPU you are fine.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by imblind View Post
If I could find a buyer for my graphics card I might do the 2nd build but:

1. remove the power supply
2. use my current supply (Corsair TX650)
3. Get the Palit card

Altogether, this might only be + ~$250
This option seems good. You can always just whack more RAM in if it becomes a problem in future, and it's not too expensive. Your CPU really probably will be fine for quite a long time, I'm no expert on 860s or anything but I have a hard time seeing it bottlenecking your system in games for a long time yet. I am running 580s (1.5GB versions) and I must say that they play anything I have played yet at ridiculous FPS and I am running all said games at ABSOLUTE MAX settings at 1920x1080. Again though, I cannot speak to FPS of games I have not played, or games that are not yet released (ie. Battlefield 3)
    
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post #10 of 24
Get yourself 35 rep and hit the "For Sale" thread section. Even if the card's outdated for gaming, it'll still fold. I'm sure someone will hit you up for it.
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