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If you had to chose what the best combination is right now for a motherboard, processor and graphics card is...what would it be with a $1000 budget just for those 3 items???
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post #2 of 11
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z - 170

2600K - 300

EVGA SuperClocked GTX 580 - 510

With twenty bucks left over, that would be my choice
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post #3 of 11
Motherboard
I would get a PCIe 3.0 board, this will allow you to upgrade the CPU if ever needed.
I can recommend the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 [200$] MB. Other than that I've also read good things about the ASRock Z68 Extreme4/Extreme7 GEN3.

CPU
Socket 1155 CPUs offer the best performance for your money atm.
I would go with an i5 2500K [220$] or an i7 2600K [300$] if you intend to run applications that benefit from hyperthreading.

Graphics card
Since it's the most important part for gaming, I would get a GTX 580. I can't recommend the 7970 because nobody really knows when there will be non-reference versions. I wouldn't buy a reference card, because it gets hotter and is way more noisy than a dual fan design card.
My recommendation would be an ASUS GTX 580 DCII [500$] or a MSI GTX 580 Lightning, but I can't find it on Newegg.

Overall that would be 920$ (or exactly 1000$ with a 2600K) and you should be set for a while.
post #4 of 11
For me it would be,

* ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 ($175)
* Intel Core i7-2600K ($310)
* MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core ($270 AR)

I'm on a more practical side, anything powerful than that won't benefit me.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 12/27/11 at 2:40pm
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post #5 of 11
Simple:

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $204.99 with $15 promo code.

GPU:
ASUS MATRIX GTX580 P/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121467 $529.99.

Motherboard:
ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702 $199.99

Total = $934.97 = AWESOME

*Newegg prices*

-Shaq
post #6 of 11
CPU: 2500K
GPU:EVGA GTX 580 3GB
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68 PRO

Total Cost: $979.97

The 3GB GPU will be future proof for a long while and worth the huge price tag.
post #7 of 11
maximus4 gene-z-2600k-6990
 
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post #8 of 11
I take it you mean best for gaming.I would say

1. 2500k
2. gtx 580 3gb
3. Asus p8z68 pro
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by djsi38t View Post

I take it you mean best for gaming.I would say
1. 2500k
2. gtx 580 3gb
3. Asus p8z68 pro

What he said.
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post #10 of 11
2500k or 2600k + $30 for a CM 212 = $250 - $350

Any high end Z68 Motherboard (Z68 is key imo) = $200

2x $150ish gpus in SLI or a single $300ish gpu

Sorry so vague smile.gif
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