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So my hard-drive is officially dying and I have been thinking of doing a complete system upgrade, so I think the time has come.
I recently (around 5 months ago or so) bought a GTX480 and would like to build a system around it so that I will;
1) Get the best out of the 480
2) Have enough overhead for a future second 480

I am thinking of buying everything new pretty much. I want a new processor, so I need a new motherboard, thus I need new RAM and want to go with a SSD as well as a new PSU to handle the hunger.

Any specific recommendations?

Thanks a bunch guys!
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Depends on your budget, we can suggest you a cheap average AMD build or an enthusiast intel build. so yeh. How much are you willing to pay for a rig? that way we know where to start suggesting stuff ^_^
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2500K with a p67 board. Get 2x4gb of ddr3 because it is cheap now adays.

A Corsair AX850 will power two 480s easily.

You should easily get 4.5Ghz out of a 2500K on any decent air cooler.

this SSD is a pretty good one that's 120Gb, plenty of space for your OS and most apps/games:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820233125
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My budget is around 1k. I am also very interested in the i7 series.
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post #5 of 29
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Any thoughts on this set up?

Intel 120 gig SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167050

Corsair Vengeance 8gigs 2x4gigs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167050

Corsair AX850 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...orsair%20AX850

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD5-B3 Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128479

Intel I7-2600 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115071

Its a lil over my budget at 1200, but I could do it.
Any recommendations or comments?

ps: I currently have a closed-looped water cooling on my CPU. How does one go about setting that up with a new CPU?

Thanks a bunch guys!
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post #6 of 29
You don't need that much PSU. Save some Money and get less. Are you sticking with a single GTX480? You could get a quality 500w-ish. SLI? go 650w.

I'd also rather have a 2500k then a 2600-nonk.
     
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post #7 of 29
That CPU cannot be overclocked. You should look into the 2600K. Also, forget the I5 2500K, it has less cache and no hyperthreading compare to the I7 series. It's good if you have a very small budget if not I'd buy the I7 960/2600K.
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That CPU cannot be overclocked. You should look into the 2600K. Also, forget the I5 2500K, it has less cache and no hyperthreading compare to the I7 series. It's good if you have a very small budget if not I'd buy the I7 960/2600K.
He's already over his budget, which is why the 2500k is a good choice. And assuming this is for gaming, the performance bump to a 2600k is not worth the price. You're overstating the performance difference, and being preferential because you have an i7.
     
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post #9 of 29
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I would rather go over budget by a few hundred to be more future-proof.
Indeed currently I only have a single 480 and most likely will not be buying a second one for a while (1 year or so?) but when I do, I would like the PSU to handle it.

I didn't know that the CPU could not be OCed. Scratch that.
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post #10 of 29
Dude, the 2600k is like $15 more...It's not like he's spending hundreds extra.
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