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so i should wait a while til bulldozer comes out?
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$700 is plenty of money.

If you're interested, you should consider going used. I just put together a system for my friend for under $550 on here using used components. I gave him a PII x6 1090t ($125), Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 w/ USB 3.0 and SATA 6 ($80), 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 ($60), GTX 260 216SP ($80), Cooler Master Storm Scout ($80), Corsair H50 ($30), Samsung F3 1TB 7200RPM HDD ($40), and a Corsair CX-430 ($30).
ya i wish i lived in the states as well...prices r so much more here and i gotta pay 13% tax...

my frnd who actually understands computers say the lowest u can go on a budget gaming pc here is 500 and that's like using the cheapest parts lol
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so i should wait a while til bulldozer comes out?
Only if you have to have AMD. or grab this beast

ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 - $129

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - $209

That will get you started strong. and the upgrade path is better.
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I totally recommend getting something like an Athlon II X4 620 for like $60 and a nice AM3+ ready 890FX board (like mine). That way if you feel the need to upgrade, you can drop in a bulldozer chip and/or a second HD 6850. But in the meantime, the Athlon II and single HD 6850 have a ton of overclock headroom and will meet your performance (and budget) needs just fine.

You got to watch prices and deals/coupons/promos literally everyday when shopping for SSD's. I was able to get this 120GB Agility 2 for only $140 on the egg because it was on sale, and added a promo code.
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Except nobody know if bulldozer will be any good...People know 2500 is beast just search the forums.

Up to you OP take a gamble and spend money on a AMD now and again in a few months or go with something tested to murder any game and apps.
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okay, i know how people say sandy bridge kicks phenom's ass, but i'd like some REALISTIC advice on how they compare aside from just benchmark numbers.

by realistic i mean speed in everyday tasking. the usual everyday stuff such as internet, school (word/excel), photoshop, music, movies (streaming or hd), and some games (nothing hardcore like crysis ...at least not yet). of course i'm not going to be running extreme programs and pushing them to the max so will i really need that extra performanc?

bottom line: is the 2500k really worth the extra $150 (to ME specifically)?

p.s. i've been a notebook person all my life and for the past 4 months i've been on an asus eeepc 1015pem n550 hooked up to a dell st2320l (because my notebook crashed and i need a machine for school as well so i went with a netbook for convenience and price)
Though the 2500k is a lot faster than the 955BE, based on your description of what you do, your $150 will be better spent on other things.
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Though the 2500k is a lot faster than the 955BE, based on your description of what you do, your $150 will be better spent on other things.
True but if he has the cash for a processor that is future proof (for now) then why not? Grab a 2500 i5 with a 6950 and unlock it for a killer rig that will smash any game around your price range. Problem solved.
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True but if he has the cash for a processor that is future proof (for now) then why not? Grab a 2500 i5 with a 6950 and unlock it for a killer rig that will smash any game around your price range. Problem solved.
Because if he holds onto his cash now, when he actually needs the power, he'll be able to buy whatever is available at that time, be it bulldozer or a speed-bumped 2500k. (e.g. i5 750 -> i5 760)

Indeed, why should be not refrain from buying anything right now?
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Because if he holds onto his cash now, when he actually needs the power, he'll be able to buy whatever is available at that time, be it bulldozer or a speed-bumped 2500k. (e.g. i5 750 -> i5 760)

Indeed, why should be not refrain from buying anything right now?
Why not just handle the problem now with one purchase. The OP states he has around $700. He can build a great killer gaming rig with 2500 for that cash, no need to wait for something that is not out yet. Whats the problem if he has the cash? No need to wait for power when you can have it now.

EDIT: also this is OCN so im sure he will at some point maybe want to overclock. No AMD can OC better than sandy, so its a win win for him.
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I totally recommend getting something like an Athlon II X4 620 for like $60 and a nice AM3+ ready 890FX board (like mine). That way if you feel the need to upgrade, you can drop in a bulldozer chip and/or a second HD 6850. But in the meantime, the Athlon II and single HD 6850 have a ton of overclock headroom and will meet your performance (and budget) needs just fine.

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This ! Badly ...
Yes, the 2500k is awesome but it doesn't seem like the right choice in this particular case. Mostly that he hardly "needs" the performance gains when he could get an awesome graphics card for the remaining money and create a more balanced system.

Or just wait and hope Bulldozer will be good. It will presumably (most definitely) be better the current/old PII line, so that's a start, considered my assumptions are right.
I would wait a few months for BD.
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