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Hey everyone,

I'm finally looking into building a new computer and have some questions about Sandy Bridge, which motherboard to get, and what graphics card to buy. I'm looking to build a kick ass computer with room to expand. This will be in a full size case, possibly a corsair graphite. I don't have any specific use for it besides gaming and general purpose but I'd like it to be capable of doing anything I throw at it.

I'm looking to spend $1,100-$1,400 on this build.

CPU: So Sandy Bridge is out. Is the 2600K the best thing ever? The 2500K and 2600K seem like very reasonable price-point purchases. Is this an obvious choice or are there other chips I should consider at the moment? Also what's the difference between say, the 2600 and the 2600K?. I can't tell from the specs.

Motherboard: What's good these days? I used to run an ASUS P5N32-e SLI which was sorta the overclocker's staple motherboard for it's time. ASUS has been good for me so I would probably stick with them. When looking for a new mobo what's going to be the most important consideration to make? I'd be interested in maximizing the FSB on the machine so I assume this should be highest?

Graphics Card: I like nVidia over ATI if only for their drivers and software. What's the hottest thing? (Price-point wise, although I'm willing to spend some money on this setup.) I'd also consider SLI - now if not later.

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate everyone's help on these boards.



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If you are just playing games then the 2500k is what you need, the 2600k has hyper threading that is not utilized by games so spend the money else where.

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I'd be interested in maximizing the FSB on the machine so I assume this should be highest?
Sandys are all about the turbo multi for overclocking, (only K versions are unlocked - to OC).

CPU
i5 2500Khttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 $219.99

Graphics card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr IIhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 $244.99

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V PROhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131730 $209.99

PSU - (650Watt is enough for SLI)
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5&Tpk=ax%20650 $159.99

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TBhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185 $59.99

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4) DDR31600http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428 $51.99

CASE
Corsair 600t Black Casehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811139007 $159.99

Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065 $26.00



$1,132.93


EDIT sorry I thought I read 1100 - 1400,
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/12/11 at 1:36pm
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Originally Posted by greygoose View Post
Hey everyone,

I'm finally looking into building a new computer and have some questions about Sandy Bridge, which motherboard to get, and what graphics card to buy. I'm looking to build a kick ass computer with room to expand. This will be in a full size case, possibly a corsair graphite. I don't have any specific use for it besides gaming and general purpose but I'd like it to be capable of doing anything I throw at it.

I'm looking to spend $1,100-$1,400 on this build.

CPU: So Sandy Bridge is out. Is the 2600K the best thing ever? The 2500K and 2600K seem like very reasonable price-point purchases. Is this an obvious choice or are there other chips I should consider at the moment? Also what's the difference between say, the 2600 and the 2600K?. I can't tell from the specs.
The 2500K and the 2600K are practically identical except the 2600K has HyperThreading. For gaming and general use, HyperThreading will never be needed or wanted.

The "K" versions are overclockable while the non-Ks are not overclockable. Well, the non-Ks can be overclocked, but the overclock will be tiny: 4.0 GHz would be about the highest possible while the "K" series chips can go way higher because the multiplier is unlocked ("and unleashed" hehe).

So I recommend the 2500K!


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Motherboard: What's good these days? I used to run an ASUS P5N32-e SLI which was sorta the overclocker's staple motherboard for it's time. ASUS has been good for me so I would probably stick with them. When looking for a new mobo what's going to be the most important consideration to make? I'd be interested in maximizing the FSB on the machine so I assume this should be highest?
These CPUs aren't overclocked via the FSB (which is now called the BCLK), but instead it's just a simple matter of increasing the multiplier. It sounds dumbed-down and what-not, but this is the easy way. You can make it as complex as you wish! You'll see.

Anyway, going with ASUS is probably about the best move for Sandy Bridge. I personally and highly recommend any of the P8P67 boards except for the P8P67 LE.


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Graphics Card: I like nVidia over ATI if only for their drivers and software. What's the hottest thing? (Price-point wise, although I'm willing to spend some money on this setup.) I'd also consider SLI - now if not later.

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate everyone's help on these boards.



GG
I'm not sure about the video card, however I would say either the GTX 560 Ti or the GTX 570.
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Thanks for the responses guys.

My other thoughts are to maximize response times. The first being to get a SSD drive for the OS. Any other thoughts on achieving this or will it mostly come down to timings..?

Also, as for graphics cards. Any idea when GeForce might release their new line of cards? The current line seems to have been released at the beginning of this year...

I'll look into everyone's suggestions when I get a chance later today.

Thanks again!
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SSD will be the biggest boost in speed you will see.
So get something like a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD for OS drive if you dont want to spend too much on a bigger drive.

As for Nvidia dont expect the next gen cards to be out before March 2012.
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