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Hey guys,

So I've had a ASUS g51 for a little over 2 years now and I'm looking into potentially building a desktop to replace it.

Essentially I don't NEED to upgrade right now, I'm sure my laptop would suffice for at least the next 6 months if I needed it to. The issue here is that I'm looking to play some of the big name titles that are coming out such as BF3 and Diablo III later this year or early next year, and I would prefer building a rig when I have time during the summer rather than during the school year.

Another issue for me is that I'm interning in Texas this summer but I go to school up in Boston, so I would have to ship my desktop up there at the conclusion of the summer.

I guess the big thing for me here is timing; I'm fairly set on building a rig by the end of the calender year, probably before September, but I'm willing to listen to other viable options.

All I am aware of right now is that AMD is planning a release at the end of Q2 or early Q3 (Bulldozer) and Intel is planning Sandy Bridge-E sometime in Q4, I'm not sure if intel would counter AMD's release with a price cut, but there are usually decent sales during july 4th weekend (I work near a Fry's).

That being said my budget is roughly $900-$1,250.

Anyway, there a lot of good opinions out there and I'd appreciate any input you guys would have, at the end of the day I'm essentially just looking for when the best time would be to build a rig given my budget in the next 3-5 months.

Thanks in advance!
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Sandy Bridge E may be outside of your budget, it's supposed to fall more in line with 1366 processors. It is rumored Bulldozer will be priced about the same as Sandy Bridge now, performance wise who knows and it's also anyones guess when it will be available to buy. If it does actually perform how everyone hopes it will it might be a good choice, but I am not going to hold my breath. There is a reason AMD has gone through 3 CEO's in the last year.
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Hey guys,

So I've had a ASUS g51 for a little over 2 years now and I'm looking into potentially building a desktop to replace it.

Essentially I don't NEED to upgrade right now, I'm sure my laptop would suffice for at least the next 6 months if I needed it to. The issue here is that I'm looking to play some of the big name titles that are coming out such as BF3 and Diablo III later this year or early next year, and I would prefer building a rig when I have time during the summer rather than during the school year.

Another issue for me is that I'm interning in Texas this summer but I go to school up in Boston, so I would have to ship my desktop up there at the conclusion of the summer.

I guess the big thing for me here is timing; I'm fairly set on building a rig by the end of the calender year, probably before September, but I'm willing to listen to other viable options.

All I am aware of right now is that AMD is planning a release at the end of Q2 or early Q3 (Bulldozer) and Intel is planning Sandy Bridge-E sometime in Q4, I'm not sure if intel would counter AMD's release with a price cut, but there are usually decent sales during july 4th weekend (I work near a Fry's).

That being said my budget is roughly $900-$1,250.

Anyway, there a lot of good opinions out there and I'd appreciate any input you guys would have, at the end of the day I'm essentially just looking for when the best time would be to build a rig given my budget in the next 3-5 months.

Thanks in advance!
Your best bet at this moment in time would be an intel i5 2500k coupled with a mid range p67 motherboard, It will max any game you throw at it, Can be overclocked to around 5ghz on air depending on what cpu cooler you buy.

There's nothing else within your budget that can perform better in games unless you can find 1366 rig with a 990x cpu for under $1250 But even that will only run games just as fast as a 2500k

For a gpu i recommend the ati hd 6950 or nvidia 560ti

Memory 4gb 1600mhz with as tight timmings as you can find, Preferebly 1.5 - 1.6v

600-700w psu, Corsair, seasonic , xfx, etc

Or you can wait and see what bulldozer brings to the table, Or wait for intel sb-e cpu's later this year, Either way all will play games and will last for years to come

Hope this helps
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