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Thread Starter 
My computer is long overdue for an overhaul, and everything must go.

AMD/Intel: Don't Care
AMD/Nvidia: Don't Care

I want to spend about $1500 now, and then throw more money in it later. So the idea is to build something that can at least get me through this summer, fall and maybe winter of awesome new games at reasonably high settings and then CFX or SLI for a 2012 of gaming goodness.

I have an Ultra X3 600W PSU, which I'm hoping to hang on to until the CFX/SLI upgrade unless anyone thinks I need something better sooner.

8GB or RAM for now. maybe double up later.

I'm thinking an 80GB Vertex 2 for Windows 7, and a couple TB drives...

I might hang on to my 9800GT for PhysX, maybe not, depends on room in the mobo and enough power from the psu.

What I'm hung up on and need desperate help with is:

AMD x6 1100T BE vs AMD x4 975 BE vs i5 2500k vs i7 2600k
and the best mobo and RAM to go with the chosen processor.
(Honestly, all ram looks the same to me, I haven't got a clue which way to go there...)

I want to overclock (on air, no water), the easier the better but I want to brag about 4GHz too.

GPU wise... 460 SE vs 560 vs 560 ti vs 6850 vs 6950... I dunno which way to go.

For $1500 help me come up with:

CPU:
MOBO:
RAM:
GPU:
SSD:
PSU(if necessary):

I bow to your expertise. My rig is in your hands now
Thanks!!
My AMD&nVidia&ATI
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1090T 3.8 @ 1.4v Crosshair IV Formula Sapphire 6850 850/4000 + 9800GT PhysX 8GB HyperX 1600 
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120GB Solid 3 Boot - 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate Antec TruePower 750 HAF 932 
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1090T 3.8 @ 1.4v Crosshair IV Formula Sapphire 6850 850/4000 + 9800GT PhysX 8GB HyperX 1600 
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120GB Solid 3 Boot - 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate Antec TruePower 750 HAF 932 
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post #2 of 21
Where are you located so I make sure not to locate items you cant or wouldnt get? Any preference on place of purchase?

For $1500 you can do A LOT more than just your list.
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C-300 64 Gb In Raid, WD 500Gb in Raid DVD/CD RW Windows 7 64bit Asus VE248H 1 over 3 Eyefinity with Ergotech Stand 
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post #3 of 21


How's that look? pretty solid build

come's to 1400$, space to SLI, third x4 slot for your 9800gt if you wish
post #4 of 21
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Toronto Canada

newegg.ca has the best prices i've come across so far. but I'm willing to do the one from here one from there approach if it saves me a buck
My AMD&nVidia&ATI
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1090T 3.8 @ 1.4v Crosshair IV Formula Sapphire 6850 850/4000 + 9800GT PhysX 8GB HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
120GB Solid 3 Boot - 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate Antec TruePower 750 HAF 932 
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1090T 3.8 @ 1.4v Crosshair IV Formula Sapphire 6850 850/4000 + 9800GT PhysX 8GB HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
120GB Solid 3 Boot - 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate Antec TruePower 750 HAF 932 
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post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
thats a healthy list of product right there. my concern though from trying to sort through amd/intel bashing to find the heart of the matter is, is the 2600k overkill or future-proof?

it seemed like the intel guys would say that a 6 core 1100T is useless, but the amd guys say the 2600k is $100 too much for the same in-game performance. is there a real answer to that debate?



side-note: Only using 1 1080p 21" monitor right now. gonna get a nicer one soon. don't think i'll do that 3D or 3-monitor stuff quite yet. but I want to hook this baby up to my 50" 1080p tv. if that makes a difference for any decisions....
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1090T 3.8 @ 1.4v Crosshair IV Formula Sapphire 6850 850/4000 + 9800GT PhysX 8GB HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
120GB Solid 3 Boot - 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate Antec TruePower 750 HAF 932 
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1090T 3.8 @ 1.4v Crosshair IV Formula Sapphire 6850 850/4000 + 9800GT PhysX 8GB HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
120GB Solid 3 Boot - 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate Antec TruePower 750 HAF 932 
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post #6 of 21
the one in my sig was about $1500 (with a few deals)...so if it looks good to you
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i7 2600k MSi P67A-G65 MSi N570GTX OC'd 895/1790/2180 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 
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1TB WD 7200 Windows 7 Asus 23" 1080p HD Saitek Cyborg 
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post #7 of 21
I don't see the difference between my six core or my Phenom II 940 @ 3.7Ghz(Depending on the game) with a GTX 470 but benchmarks show a 10-20 FPS increase in certain games. Your building a gaming rig and a six core Phenom won't be better than a quad core Phenom in games. A Core i5 2500 performs better than my six core in gaming so I would go with a 2500k for gaming.

Get a COre i5 2500k and crossfire/sli 2 cards.
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
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PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
15w Samsung Quick Charger Galaxy S8+ Logitech G600 Alugraphics GamerArt 
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Definitive Technology Incline SMSL M8 
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Core i7 6700K 4.8Ghz @ 1.4v Maximus VIII Formula Radeon RX VEGA 64 G-Skill 32GB 3200Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Evo 2TB Raid 0 Corsair H100i V2 Windows 10 Pro Acer XF270HUA 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Cherry MX Board 6.0 EVGA SuperNova 1200w P2 Lian-Li PC-V33B Logitech G600 
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by MasterOP View Post
thats a healthy list of product right there. my concern though from trying to sort through amd/intel bashing to find the heart of the matter is, is the 2600k overkill or future-proof?

it seemed like the intel guys would say that a 6 core 1100T is useless, but the amd guys say the 2600k is $100 too much for the same in-game performance. is there a real answer to that debate?

side-note: Only using 1 1080p 21" monitor right now. gonna get a nicer one soon. don't think i'll do that 3D or 3-monitor stuff quite yet. but I want to hook this baby up to my 50" 1080p tv. if that makes a difference for any decisions....
either cpu will be fine, x6, 2500k or 2600k. It depend's what your doing with them, if it's strictly gaming then 2500k or any other quad core cpu will do fine. the extra cores/threads will help in some case's but for the most part they aren't took advantage of in most games.

So the build I mentioned, with a 2500k would be great then put the extra money towards an SSD if you like
Edited by Yumyums - 6/1/11 at 8:15pm
post #9 of 21
Get a 2500K.

If you are considering a Phenom II you're doing it wrong.
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by iWantACookie View Post
Get a 2500K.

If you are considering a Phenom II you're doing it wrong.
with how much the 2500k costs, yeah your right.

But overall, it's still a fine cpu. Runs everything I throw at it
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