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post #1 of 6
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As the title suggests, I'm looking for the best $500-$600 I can spend on my sig rig, in Canadian Funds. I'll be purchasing in about 3 weeks - the week after June 3rd.

Suggestions should be from www.NCIX.com or www.CanadaComputers.com
They both price match & take more than just Credit Cards (Online Banking payment).

I'm thinking a Gigabyte P67-UD4, a 2500k, some RAM and a GTX460?

Are there any other suggestions? Maybe a whole different route? The way I understand it is AMD 900 series boards will run a current Phenom II. Maybe I could get a 955 and a decent 800 series board for cheap & a GTX560 or 570 instead?

For Intel, the UD4's VRM power is the minimum I want.
For AMD, 8+2.

Oh yeah, they'll be going inside a Lian-Li PC-8FIR.
Edited by Dirtyworks - 5/13/11 at 2:38pm
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post #2 of 6
Your M4A785-M can handle the newest Phenom II cpu so unless you want to make the jump to DDR3, you don't need to. GTX 460 is pretty good, but I vote for the 6950 because it has pretty good price to performance ratio. If you are looking to make the jump to DDR3, I suggest a 890GX board or waiting a little longer for more AM3+ boards to surface to give you a hand. Phenom II 840 is $99 at CC so if you don't care about not having an unlocked multi, this is a very good chip to look at. DDR3 Adata 1600mhz is $47 and that's a deal. If you want so more help, pm me and I'll be glad to give you a hand.
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post #3 of 6
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I'd like to get rid of this board. I've been shopping around and can get a 2500k, Z68-UD4 and 4GB of RAM for $460ish. I could probably find a used GTX460-470 for $150 in the marketplace here
Edited by Dirtyworks - 5/14/11 at 11:19am
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Sound like you have it all planned out. Sounds solid if you ask me. Sell the parts that your not using any more to further fund your build.
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post #5 of 6
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When I get my new parts, I plan to do some suicide runs in -10 ambients to see how high I can get this chip lol
See if I can get this chip in the 1GHz OC club
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post #6 of 6
you can get in the 1ghz club in a 2500k w/ air cooling lol. the 2ghz as well, but that just depends on your chip

I would go for the 2500k, i was surprised how much of an upgrade it was from my phenom II... thing is fast as hell. I am regretting getting my UD4 though, not the best board to OC on, the asus boards in the same price range seem to be producing generally higher clocks than the gigabyte ones. The board is pretty decent, but i can only get 4.4 stable on this board and 4.8 stable on my buddies asus lol.
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