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CPU--I'm not looking for bleeding-edge performance. I don't care if it's Intel or AMD.

What I do: Mild gaming of relatively modern games. To add more context, I am running an HD5750 on a 1280x1024 monitor, and I have no desire to upgrade my monitor to anything higher-res anytime soon. Some occasional video transcoding with handbrake, but not a ton and not all the time. General web/email stuff.

If I do overclock, it will probably just be for the novelty/fun--I rarely rely on 24/7 overclocks to get performance I think I'd need out of a computer.

Take it in context, I've been fine with my 2180 at stock for quite some time--probably could deal with it longer, but I want to migrate my desktop to Win 7, and figure I might as well start with a new CPU (and mobo and RAM).

I'm at the crossroads where I'm not sure if I should wait for the next release from either camp, or to just upgrade and be done with it.

I saw the deal just now--$50 for the PhII X4 830, which has re-inspire me. I can't see that I'd be unhappy with that price : performance paired with a $50-60 board since it WOULD be an upgrade from what I currently have, but the only problem is I am not sure if I might as well get a hex AMD, or an i5--except the only problem is--at least on newegg--is that the i5's start at around $170. I don't care if I end up paying $170--or more--it's just that clearly since I've been on a 2180 for so long, I don't really take advantage of performance at the expense of cost.

Any constructive comments?

And no, I have no interest in going high-end--don't care to pay for a 2500k/2600k/2700k

I haven't completely discounted BD, except given the current prices, I can't say it's entirely worth it (though I did just get my gf an 8120-based system since she does a lot of multitasking--though I don't think I'd at all benefit more from that than I would from an X4).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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60GB OCZ SSD, 2x160GB HDD RAID0, 500GB+500GB+1.5TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 930B Antec SmartPower 450w 
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Antec 900 
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60GB OCZ SSD, 2x160GB HDD RAID0, 500GB+500GB+1.5TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 930B Antec SmartPower 450w 
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For that price, it seems like a good deal, although maybe you can pick up some good used deals on OCN

Edit: omg my 60th rep point at last... I've been trying for literally, WEEKS to get that, so thanks
Edited by SgtMunky - 10/28/11 at 10:27am
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For that price, it seems like a good deal, although maybe you can pick up some good used deals on OCN
Thanks for the input. And I always forget about looking for things here on OCN...Thanks for reminding me!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
60GB OCZ SSD, 2x160GB HDD RAID0, 500GB+500GB+1.5TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 930B Antec SmartPower 450w 
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Antec 900 
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60GB OCZ SSD, 2x160GB HDD RAID0, 500GB+500GB+1.5TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 930B Antec SmartPower 450w 
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Antec 900 
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