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I still say the build I posted earlier will serve him quite well and leave plenty of money for later.

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I still say the build I posted earlier will serve him quite well and leave plenty of money for later.
I AGREE

He wants to be "future proof" right?

Only way to do that is to not spend ALL the money right now.

With tech advancing so fast it is a WAY better investment to spend half now and half later.
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Not only that but the build above will pretty much crush most, if not all, games without an issue.
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I did think about what i said. SSD caching is worthless if you even buy a 60Gb SSD and with 2500$ to spend, he most likely WILL get an SSD of that size or larger.

As far as the onboard video, yes, that is a valid argument many people use, but it's also the only argument, and even then, most people have a crappy video card from an old computer they can pop in to test, OP said he had crappy desktop. Crappy desktop card will work if his card fails. ALSO, OP stated he's getting SLI/crossfire, i highly doubt BOTH his cards will fail. A cheaper p67 will give extra money for parts and he wont lose features he wont need, unless he buys a 20gb SSD or has BOTh cards fail on him... pretty unlikely. :/
I've decided to go with sli 580s, a small ssd for the OS, probably 60gb, and a WD caviar 1TB hdd for games and space.
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I've decided to go with sli 580s, a small ssd for the OS, probably 60gb, and a WD caviar 1TB hdd for games and space.
well then you don't need onboard video, nor will you ever as long as BOTH cards dont fail at the same time . and you wont be using SSD caching as you'll be installing your OS right onto the SSD along with your programs an you can even fit a game or two. (took me 41Gb to fit win7,all my programs, BFBC2, and SC2).

congrats you definitely don't need z68 now... its up to you which board you get. a lot of people are advocating z68 for you since you have the money. I don't see why. :/

PS, thats exactly what i would have done with that money, destructive GPU power, SSD (although id get the damn 120gb with that money), and get the caviar black, fast and reliable.

AND, i back those posts up there with the 1300$ build. if you WANT to future proof, read Stikes' comment. Too late to quote, but i would. +1 on him. spend 1300 now and you'll have 1200 in two years (well, more by then) and get two of whatever the newest GPU's are, and a new mobo, or even a new processor lol
Edited by Doodles - 7/26/11 at 5:54pm
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post #46 of 92
Don't listen to him. Get something with onboard video. Otherwise when/if the possibility of your GPUs going out happens you are stuck with a expensive doorstop until the GPU RMA come back. Dual card failure has been known to happen. Not a likely possibility, but still known to happen.
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well then you don't need onboard video, nor will you ever as long as BOTH cards dont fail at the same time . and you wont be using SSD caching as you'll be installing your OS right onto the SSD along with your programs an you can even fit a game or two. (took me 41Gb to fit win7,all my programs, BFBC2, and SC2).

congrats you definitely don't need z68 now... its up to you which board you get. a lot of people are advocating z68 for you since you have the money. I don't see why. :/
What do you recommend then?

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Don't listen to him. Get something with onboard video. Otherwise when/if the possibility of your GPUs going out happens you are stuck with a expensive doorstop until the GPU RMA come back. Dual card failure has been known to happen. Not a likely possibility, but still known to happen.
Which brand do you recommend?
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For the Mobo: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $219.99

for the GPUs: 2x ASUS ENGTX580 DCII - $969.98
Those GPUs are freakin BEASTLY! They run super cool. Problem is that each one takes up 3 slots. These things are huge. But chances are you will only need one. So one cost $484.99
Edited by Erick Silver - 7/26/11 at 6:08pm
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For the Mobo or the GPUs?
Or both?
Both?
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Asus for the mobo and MSI for the gpu's. I'd recommend something that has 16x capability on two pcie lanes. I feel like my sabertooth is holding back my 580's even if just a tiny bit...
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