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Your cpu would sell the first day on here. There's a large percentage of people that still pay premiums for the easy upgrade and gobble up the 9550,etc.




I'd lower it to $300 to move it out quickly and get what you want. It's not worth the extra $100 since it requires you to hang onto your stuff for up to a month. That's just me, though. I like a quick, easy sell. The buyer gets a killer bargain and I cash in quickly, so I view it as a win-win.
Valid point. I'll look into some news to post here, then. Assuming my budget is now $1300-$1400 (either way, whether I sell for $400 or add $100 to my initial budget plus the $300 in sales), how does this change the suggestions?
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post #22 of 43
Right now the best bang for your buck is going to be 2 460 GTX's in SLI. You can find them for $100-130 on sale or after rebate.

Of course, this doesn't give you much future proofing or room to expand.

If you are an AMD man I would get a 6950. You could easily stick a second one in down the road and depending on how high resolution you play this should give you more than enough oomph.

If you are an NVIDIA guy there is nothing wrong with going with a 560 ti. They are great cards and a bit more expensive than the AMD for pretty much the same performance. However, the drivers are much better and more stable.

I would stay away from a 580 for now. I don't think it is a good idea to spend potentially half of your build budget on a single graphics card.
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Man, you're the guy who built the rigs for his friends huh? Can I ask if your friend paid for the rigs, or it is like a free thing just to have friends over once in awhile?
I paid for them and yes, they're just for guests to use when we Lan.
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lol by "dark side" I didn't mean the 'dozer...my brother is a hardcore AMD guy, and even though he got me into building, I can't get behind that. I meant AMD for video cards.

EDIT: oops sorry for the double post!

EDIT 2: It seems ATI no longer exists/is now Radeon? Did not know that...
ATI was bought by AMD, but IF i remeber right they still brand the cards with the ATI logo, anyways, the cards are not having any major problems at this point, and the drivers are rock stable.

anyways, bulldozer is a flop, as far as ive seen, let your brother have it, when your 2500k performs better, he'll be an unhappy camper, the stuff you have now will net an easy $300, hell i remember selling my e7400 and mobo for that a year or so ago
Edited by PCSarge - 10/17/11 at 8:51am
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post #25 of 43
I'd go two 570s or two 6970 with your new budget plus a 2500k and sub $200 mobo and $50 in gskills ram.
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If you have a microcenter near you, I highly recommend picking up a 2500k ASAP as they are only $179.99 from microcenter, plus bundle it with an P67 (or maybe it was Z68... or both..) and you get $80 off the mobo. I put the Gigabyte Z68 UD3 in my cart and 2500k, grand total came out to $306, and tiger direct has a 6990 on sale for $689.99 right now, highest performing card you'd like that will fit your budget (except for maybe a GTX 590 if you can find one that would fit the budget, I don't know which performs better).

EDIT:

Oh, man you're lucky to have a budget that high. Anyways, my recommendation within the new budget for the mobo/CPU still stands, 2500k from microcenter if possible and a mobo with it, and then GPU you can still do a 6990/590, and then keep whats left of your budget for another 590/6990 down the road (and maybe a PSU upgrade, I think two of either of those monsters might take for than 950w, but I'm no PSU guru, I wouldn't doubt that it does, wouldn't doubt that it doesn't). Or if you want the best performance right now and not the best performance down the road, go with three of these 2GB 6970 cards, and this mobo with a 2500k. The total will be just above $1400 though, just barely. I did some math, totaled $1415, but that's not including possible tax and shipping charges, so may go upwards towards $1500 and I apologize if that makes this an invalid option
Edited by rivaldog - 10/17/11 at 8:59am
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If you have a microcenter near you, I highly recommend picking up a 2500k ASAP as they are only $179.99 from microcenter, plus bundle it with an P67 (or maybe it was Z68... or both..) and you get $80 off the mobo. I put the Gigabyte Z68 UD3 in my cart and 2500k, grand total came out to $306, and tiger direct has a 6990 on sale for $689.99 right now, highest performing card you'd like that will fit your budget (except for maybe a GTX 590 if you can find one that would fit the budget, I don't know which performs better)
lol actually there is a microcenter very close by. I'm considering splurging on my video card this time around, and using my remaining funds on the mobo/cpu, so I'll consider that (last build, I went the other way, and spent $650 on my CPU, which though a good deal, wasn't a great idea).
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DONT go for anything higher than a 570. theres no point, you're MUCH better off buying 2 weaker cards and SLI them, you'll save at least $100, AND you'd get better performance. as for the rest, there really isn't a point in upgrading your mobo and cpu, for gaming you're more than good enough so keep what you have, if i was in your position i would invest in 2 570's/560's or 2 6850's/6870's (which ever card suits you better) , 2 ssd's in raid 0 and windows 7 as it says in your sig you're running xp/vista
    
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lol actually there is a microcenter very close by. I'm considering splurging on my video card this time around, and using my remaining funds on the mobo/cpu, so I'll consider that (last build, I went the other way, and spent $650 on my CPU, which though a good deal, wasn't a great idea).
Go to microcenter for your CPU + Mobo, the combo deals they have there are nice, even after tax. I got my 2500k + ASRock Extreme4 for $312 after tax a few months ago, which would have around $400 on newegg at the time.
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Edited my post to fit that $1300-$1400 budget a little more than a single 6990 would

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EDIT:
Oh, man you're lucky to have a budget that high. Anyways, my recommendation within the new budget for the mobo/CPU still stands, 2500k from microcenter if possible and a mobo with it, and then GPU you can still do a 6990/590, and then keep whats left of your budget for another 590/6990 down the road (and maybe a PSU upgrade, I think two of either of those monsters might take for than 950w, but I'm no PSU guru, I wouldn't doubt that it does, wouldn't doubt that it doesn't). Or if you want the best performance right now and not the best performance down the road, go with three of these 2GB 6970 cards, and this mobo with a 2500k. The total will be just above $1400 though, just barely. I did some math, totaled $1415, but that's not including possible tax and shipping charges, so may go upwards towards $1500 and I apologize if that makes this an invalid option
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