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Hello Experts of OCN -- I'm over buying name brands after my Alienware outdated months after I purchased it and Intel released the Sandy Bridge chip. I want to build a rig that can be as future proof as possible even though nothing will be future proof. I know I'll upgrade to the Ivy Bridge chip when that comes out. I want the OC 2600K i7 and the 580 gtx 3Gb video card, but per your advice I'll change those. What components do you suggest for a blazingly fast gaming rig that also can do Maya, 3D Max and Photoshop? I do want an SSD, too. I game a lot and want to be able to do so on Ultra. My Alienware computer didn't pass muster for The Witcher 2 on Ultra. Your advice and links to newegg, or other sites, would be great! Thanks for the help. This will be the first computer I've built, and I'm excited about it but for sure need advice. I can and will spend well over 1500 - 2000 for a great system that can be upgraded part by part over time.
Edited by Troj - 7/26/11 at 5:09pm
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hey.
For future proof i suggest the i7 2600k(u already selected that?good ).With a (hopefully) 4.5+ GHz OC and HT u wont have to worry about games demanding more than 4 cores.
As with the gpu gtx 580 is a option but I don't think for 5-10% (at most 15,most of the time ~7) its worth for the extra 200 bucks.gtx 570 would do it nice.
More to come.
Edit:Even if you SLI later 570 scales better that 580.
Edited by pteek - 7/26/11 at 12:14pm
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In terms of buying the best bang for the buck GPU card right now I would say go with a 560ti / 6950.

Making the jump from a 560ti to a 570 is between $70-$100 not really worth the extra 5% of performance. And the 580 just really isn't worth it right now unless money is not an issue.

With the tasks you listed it sounds like you can benefit from a 2600k though so that would be a good choice. The next upgrade to Intel is Ivy bridge rumorered to come out Q1 of 2012. Bulldozer comes out in the next few months but nothing is for sure about its performance or release date.

Now would be a very good time to upgrade IMO. Just make sure you invest in a decent PSU/mobo and you can CF/SLI when you need to and that would be more then future proof.
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Thanks! The extra money for a 580 gtx 3 gb is not quite an issue because I've factored this cost in and would in the future add more of these in SLI. I can and will spend well over 1500 - 2000 for a great system that can be upgraded part by part over time. I hear the consensus on the 2600K. What would I use for SSD? Any recommendations for a case, PSU, HDD, and MoBo? I was looking at ROG Maximus IV but if there's better out there, let me know.
Edited by Troj - 7/26/11 at 4:58pm
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Good SSD as a shell shocker right now, It's only a 60gb though. Shellshocka!
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