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I play games (just about anything) at 1024 x 768 with a 19" led. This doesn't bother me at all, looks good to me, plays fine, and I enjoy it as is. I don't ever expect to have or want a 22"+ monitor.

What do I build as a new rig? I want it to last of course for a few years, not knowing exactly where tech is going I understand this but I don't know where to start, do I go with a 2500k? Is it super overkill? But I also want the proc to still play games 2-3 years from now... where to start?
    
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An i5-2500k is a perfect start. What's your budget first?
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Forgot to include that... but that's also the thing, why spend more than I need to if I don't have to in order to game at just 1024?
    
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There isn't anything currently on the market that makes more sense than a 2500k, IMO. $225 on Newegg and $180 at Microcenter. The 2500K will still hold its own in 2-3 years too.
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Forgot to include that... but that's also the thing, why spend more than I need to if I don't have to in order to game at just 1024?
Well, which is it? Do you want what will just get you by today, or do you want something that will still be pretty good in 2-3 years. Maybe its just me, but it seems like you are contradicting yourself.
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Check my sig rig out. The good thing about buying parts for a Sandy Bridge build is the price to performance ratio is amazing.

The CPU performs in games like an i7 Extreme processor would, but for almost 800 dollars less.

A GOOD mobo will only set you back roughly 150.

Decent RAM would be less than 100.

A good GPU for that resolution could be had for 200 or even less.

Good cooler for 50 give or take.

Decent PSU for 100 or so.

Etc..

That's the basic parts for less than a grand (given you have a case to put it in and you are reusing your HDD). It would probably even be overkill for your resolution.
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Well, which is it? Do you want what will just get you by today, or do you want something that will still be pretty good in 2-3 years. Maybe its just me, but it seems like you are contradicting yourself.
Good point sir... Go big or go home I suppose!
    
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Good point sir... Go big or go home I suppose!
You don't really have to go big. You can put together a pretty nice 2500K system for under $1000. Being that you won't need anything crazy in terms of GPUs or PSUs, you could probably pull it off for somewhere around $700 or so.
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What do you have now for a power supply? Do you need a case?
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Well .. For now, a Phenom II 955 may be decent for your needs. It will presumably last a few years at most.

However, I recommend waiting until Bulldozer arrives in about a month. If it's not good, pick either a Sandy Bridge or a PII x4 955 instead.
The PII 955 is cheaper but the 2500K is way better. Depends on your needs.
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