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my friend's mom contacted me about building a computer for his birthday.

I would simply like to know whether i should go w/ x58 or sandy. He will be playing all the latest games on this machine and will not be upgrading until atleast 2 years.
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sandy ftw, I mean for around 700 bucks you can get a hallf decent sandy, add a bit more to that budget and you can have a rig thats future proof for the next couple of years. I do have to ask, what res will he be playing at?
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Building new, Sandy Bridge is way better. Pick up a 2500k, the Biostar TP67XE, 8GB of RAM for cheap, and a nice GPU. No need to upgrade for more than 2 years.
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kk

this won't be built until august, but she wants me to show her what i can offer right now

besides bulldozer, any new gpus/stuff that i should look out for over the summer?
post #5 of 12
open box on newegg. Always check the open box dx11 gpus on newegg. I check that bad boy like 5 times a day. Thats how i got my 570's at $275 each. This was when they were still selling for $370 brand new.

Let your friends mom know that sometimes deals come up on newegg and if you dont jump on them, they will dissapear very fast. Literally 1 minute after i bought my two 570's they were sold out.

Best bet for a gpu or 2 would be open box twin frozr II 560ti, 570, or 6950.
And yes, if you are building new, sandy bridge is the way to go.

2500k for the cpu, and maybe a p8p67 pro, or ud4 for mainboard. halfway decent psu's can be had fairly cheap. depending on what gpu you decide on, and whether its single or sli/cfx, 500w-750w would suffice. Ram is also always going on sale. Wait till you some real cheap and grab it up. Same thing with hard drives. I would do anything less then a caviar black for the hard drives. Alot of people will tell you to go with a samsung, but honestly samsung isnt as reliable. stick with wd. The blacks have a 5 year warranty as well, which is normally only standard on enterprise models.

edit: asrock has some really nice and affordable p67 boards out as well. I almost went with asrock this time around, but i could not resist the p8p67 deluxe with all its extra features.
Edited by AliceInChains - 4/27/11 at 10:57pm
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she is a very picky person and will not buy anything second hand. I've known this family since birth.

I'm very satisfied w/ what i can find on newegg.
NO overclocking will be done as ill be using the stock intel heatsink, i might do a little bump if requested. I'm going to let him choose the computer case as those are subjective

cpu+mobo: i5 2500 w/ gigabyte H67 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.635385

gpu: ref. msi gtx 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127568

8gbs g.skill sniper (he does edit vids):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231416

antec 750w+samsung f3 1tb:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.627767

total: 872$ (w/ windows and case, i estimate it to be ~1200$)
post #7 of 12
You can't overclock with H67 boards. You need P67 to be able to overclock the CPU, H67 can only overclock the integrated graphics on the CPU.

For about $10 more you can get a better board and the K series chip, which can be overclocked. Only disadvantage is it doesn't support x8/x8 multi GPU, but I really doubt she is going to run 2 GPUs lol. It would be quite silly to build a Sandy Bridge PC and not overclock. Even on the stock cooler you're going to be able to bump the frequency up a little bit and either undervolt it or leave it at stock voltage.
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You can't overclock with H67 boards. You need P67 to be able to overclock the CPU, H67 can only overclock the integrated graphics on the CPU.

For about $10 more you can get a better board and the K series chip, which can be overclocked. Only disadvantage is it doesn't support x8/x8 multi GPU, but I really doubt she is going to run 2 GPUs lol. It would be quite silly to build a Sandy Bridge PC and not overclock. Even on the stock cooler you're going to be able to bump the frequency up a little bit and either undervolt it or leave it at stock voltage.

If no overclocking is going to be done, no reason to go for useless features.

@ OP If there won't be any OC then no reason to get anything fancy. Save some money and get a 2400 or something.
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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600mhz $85 (Or go for the 4GB which is $50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231426


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072


Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371021


ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157229.


MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II $245 (Or save $10 and get Asus Direct CU II 560ti)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565

Total with the ASRock mobo, 8GB RAM (take $35 off total if you go with 4GB) and MSI twin Frozr II is - $795

If your on a budget then go for the asrock mobo, or else add a $30 and get the asus or gigabyte. There all great mobo's

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128478


ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703
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