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Probably looking along the lines of this:
Let me know if this is overkill for 1920x1080.

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Originally Posted by HybLeaf View Post
So you just want the best bang for the buck? Only gaming right? Any SLI/XFire?

If so, then;

Intel i5 2500K
ASRock Extreme 4 / Extreme 7
ATI 6970 Xfire / nVidia 570 SLI
Samsung/WD Black 1TB drive
Crucial m4 SSD
~600-700 PSU (Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are a few good brands)

Whatever case you want
Why crossfire/SLI? Isn't the 6990 two 6970's and cheaper?
thanks!

And I know this is an Intel forum, I assume the i5 2500K is the best solution for my budget. Am I right, or should I consider other CPUs?

EDIT: Updated OP.
Edited by SIMPSONATOR - 10/19/11 at 9:06pm
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post #12 of 44
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should I consider other CPUs?
No

The 2500k for gaming is the most popular CPU recomendation by far on this forum.

You'll get some comments to grab an F3 over tha Cav Black, and a 6990 on 1 monitor Would be overkill if there actually were such a thing around here.

You'll also be told to grab an SSD. I have a 64GB one and don't like how fast the thing fills up leaving me to shuffle files for the sake of Downloading new stuff that will only attach to the C Drive.

Also, if you're near a Microcenter keep an eye out for their combo deals with the CPU and MoBo.
Edited by BillOhio - 10/19/11 at 9:13pm
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post #13 of 44
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No

The 2500k for gaming is the most popular CPU recomendation by far on this forum.

You'll get some comments to grab an F3 over tha Cav Black, and a 6990 on 1 monitor Would be overkill if there actually were such a thing around here.

You'll also be told to grab an SSD. I have a 64GB one and don't like how fast the thing fills up leaving me to shuffle files for the sake of Downloading new stuff that will only attach to the C Drive.
Where should I stop for the GPU? Perhaps I don't need to spend $1500.
I'm thinking I'll be fine with the 64GB, maybe a little larger. But I would like to do a SSD and 2 1TB HDD's in RAID0, with an external 2TB Backup drive.

What about cooling? Perhaps it's time to, shall I say, dive in to water cooling? Maybe start with a couple prebuilts, like an H100 or H80, and some GPU water cooler of some kind?
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post #14 of 44
The 6990 is massive overkill for 1920x1080. Horrible value for the money at that res.

Just grab a single 6970, or maybe a gtx 580 if you REALLY want to spend money, then grab a second down the line when you need it, and when the time comes upgrade to a better single card solution. edit: and a 6990 isn't 2 cheaper 6970s, it's 2 neutered [downclocked] 6970s on one pcb that runs hot and loud as hell. again, not worth the cost especially at 1080p. by the time you need the power of a 6990 for a single 1080p monitor there will be far more power efficient and cost effective single gpu solutions

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Where should I stop for the GPU? Perhaps I don't need to spend $1500.
I'm thinking I'll be fine with the 64GB, maybe a little larger. But I would like to do a SSD and 2 1TB HDD's in RAID0, with an external 2TB Backup drive.

What about cooling? Perhaps it's time to, shall I say, dive in to water cooling? Maybe start with a couple prebuilts, like an H100 or H80, and some GPU water cooler of some kind?
h100 is fine. also, I wouldn't recommend closed loop gpu water cooling. there aren't many options and the ones that exist arent very good.

if you want to do a full loop sure, but I don't see a lot of value in that either

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oh and I would grab a bigger SSD. windows is 30-35gb and then you don't have room for really anything.

Crucial M4 128gb is a good choice IMO, you can avoid all of the sandforce controller problems, although those have supposedly been fixed.
Edited by xPrestonn - 10/19/11 at 9:21pm
    
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post #15 of 44
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The 6990 is massive overkill for 1920x1080. Horrible value for the money at that res.

Just grab a single 6970, or maybe a gtx 580 if you REALLY want to spend money, then grab a second down the line when you need it, and when the time comes upgrade to a better single card solution.
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post #16 of 44
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What about cooling? Perhaps it's time to, shall I say, dive in to water cooling? Maybe start with a couple prebuilts, like an H100 or H80, and some GPU water cooler of some kind?
I don't think it takes to much of a cooler to be around 4.5 Ghz with a 2500k. Someone else will know better about that than me though.

And yeah, a 570 or 6970 with 2 GB of Vram will be very potent at 1080. Actually at 1080 you don't even need that much VRam but it'll be good to have down the road for possible upgrades in monitors or when games get more intensive. A 580 would probably fit your budget but I'm not sure I'd want to SLI 580's on your PSU with everything you plan to have going on in that rig. By the time you're buying BF3, will have come out and you'll have a better idea of where the top games are for GPU usage.
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post #17 of 44
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I have a Dark Knight...
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the 6970 should be great and won't be overkill.
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post #19 of 44
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I have a Dark Knight...
You could probably get to 4.5 with it. Maybe a bit lower depending on your chip but I really doubt you'll have much trouble.

No reason to spend a hundred you don't have to. Just pocket the savings and prepare for your soon-to-be inflated electricity bill
    
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My landlord covers electricity. what an idiot, haha
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