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post #1 of 6
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Hey guys, im building a new pc. Still trying to decide between intel and amd on this one. It'll be a gaming rig. Not sure if i should just wait for bulldozer. Heres something i specced out for amd. Im going to oc the processor, but not the graphics (yet )

Antec DF-85 Case

Asus Crosshair IV Formula AM3 890FX

2X MSI Hawk 1GB Radeon 6870 in CrossfireX

Rosewill Lightning-1000 Modular PSU

AMD Phenom II X4 955

WD Caviar Black 640 GB

Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 (2X4GB)

Asus 24X DVD

Antec Kuhler H2O 620

also getting red lighting bars and sata cables.

Advice?
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OCZ Vertex 3 WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Green Lite-On Super Multi 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Stock Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Asus VH242H 1920x1080 HD Monitor Acer AL1917W 1600x900 Monitor 
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post #2 of 6


Wait for Bulldozer next month to see if it's worth it over current Intel offerings.
If you cannot wait, we can come up with a 2500k build for gaming if you can provide us with a budget and what parts of a complete system you already have on hand.
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Q9550 E0 @ 4.2Ghz 495x8.5@1.39v Gigabyte EP45-UD3P F9 Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB BFG GTX 275 PhysX Corsair Dominators 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED 1920x1080 [SyncMaster BX2331] Dell SK-8110 Corsair TX-750 V2 HAF 922 [inside painted black] 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED 1920x1080 [SyncMaster BX2331] Dell SK-8110 Corsair TX-750 V2 HAF 922 [inside painted black] 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
not buying until july, so ill wait. looking for something that games and photoshops well for around $1,300.
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Intel Core i5 2500K GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 AMD Radeon HD 6870 G.Skill 2x8GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM 
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OCZ Vertex 3 WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Green Lite-On Super Multi 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Stock Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Asus VH242H 1920x1080 HD Monitor Acer AL1917W 1600x900 Monitor 
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Microsoft PS/2 Keyboard OCZ ZX Series 1000W Antec Dark Fleet 85 Dell Premium USB Mouse 
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Intel Core i5 2500K GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 AMD Radeon HD 6870 G.Skill 2x8GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Green Lite-On Super Multi 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Stock Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Asus VH242H 1920x1080 HD Monitor Acer AL1917W 1600x900 Monitor 
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post #4 of 6
For that budget, I wouldn't even look at Phenom II x4, you can easily afford sandy bridge which significantly outperforms it.

Phenom II's are about the same performance as Core 2 Quads, technology from 2008.

You can wait and see if Bulldozer outperforms the 2500k/2600k.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550 E0 @ 4.2Ghz 495x8.5@1.39v Gigabyte EP45-UD3P F9 Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB BFG GTX 275 PhysX Corsair Dominators 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED 1920x1080 [SyncMaster BX2331] Dell SK-8110 Corsair TX-750 V2 HAF 922 [inside painted black] 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech Laser G500 Razer Vespula 
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Q9550 E0 @ 4.2Ghz 495x8.5@1.39v Gigabyte EP45-UD3P F9 Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB BFG GTX 275 PhysX Corsair Dominators 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED 1920x1080 [SyncMaster BX2331] Dell SK-8110 Corsair TX-750 V2 HAF 922 [inside painted black] 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech Laser G500 Razer Vespula 
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post #5 of 6
Here's a starting point:

CPU: i5-2500k
mobo: ASUS P8P67 Pro
GPU: MSI GTX 570 TF3
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333 CAS7
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
PSU: Corsair TX850 v2
Cooling: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
Optical Drive: ASUS Black DVD/CD Burner
Case: Any full tower (NZXT Phantom, CM HAF-932/X, Silverstone Raven, etc)

Total without case and monitor: $1075.91
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Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 880G Extreme3 Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X Kingston HyperX 4GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Caviar Black/1.5TB Barracuda x2 Windows 7 64-bit Samsung E2220 CM SilentPro M600 600W 
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Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 880G Extreme3 Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X Kingston HyperX 4GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Caviar Black/1.5TB Barracuda x2 Windows 7 64-bit Samsung E2220 CM SilentPro M600 600W 
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CM HAF-932 Razer Abyssus 
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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
there's only 2 things im set on. corsair or g.skill memory, and ati graphics. im gonna wait to see how bulldozer holds up to the sandy bridge, and then ill build.
The Beast Mode
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 AMD Radeon HD 6870 G.Skill 2x8GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Green Lite-On Super Multi 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Stock Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Asus VH242H 1920x1080 HD Monitor Acer AL1917W 1600x900 Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft PS/2 Keyboard OCZ ZX Series 1000W Antec Dark Fleet 85 Dell Premium USB Mouse 
Audio
Logitech 2.1 Surround Sound w/ Powered Subwoofer 
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Reply
The Beast Mode
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 AMD Radeon HD 6870 G.Skill 2x8GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Green Lite-On Super Multi 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Stock Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Asus VH242H 1920x1080 HD Monitor Acer AL1917W 1600x900 Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft PS/2 Keyboard OCZ ZX Series 1000W Antec Dark Fleet 85 Dell Premium USB Mouse 
Audio
Logitech 2.1 Surround Sound w/ Powered Subwoofer 
  hide details  
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