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I noticed a few things reading through this post. First SSD is a good idea (120 GB is a sweet spot); however, I would not scrap your older drives at this time. Due to a flood in a HD production facility the prices have bee very inflated. 1 year ago you could fin a 2 TB HD for $79, now it is closer to $160.

In addition, if you are an AMD Fan girl why not just go with AMD? The BD FX-8150 is a little slower than the 2500k; however, it will still play any of the above games with out a problem. It also has a form of Hyper-threading so if you ever use video editing software that can utilized HT, the BD may be faster.

Check out this a comparision: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=434

As new software comes out that is able to use more cores, the AMD BD should get faster, I am indifferent to both AMD and Intel, but if you are an AMD fangirl, why not stay with it?

As for the graphics card I would consider the 6950 2 GB, it is more future proof. Monitors are going up in resolution (look at the 4k TVs), if your build can wait until march AMD is releasing the 7850 which sould be around the $250 mark. Depending on benches you can get that, or the 6950 should drop / there maybe clearance sales. Check Slickdeals.net for the deals.

TL; DR

Go with AMD if you are a fangirl, many gamers use it and are happy.
Get at least a 120 GB SSD, it shoudl fit your OS and a couple games,
Save yoru old HDs until the HD market normalizes again
6950 2gb card would be best for your gaming
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Depends on how much video work she does. Will the extra $100 be justified by the extra performance.
Nope, 2500Ks usually get the higher clocks, 2600Ks achieve similar when HT is off; which is basically a 2500K then...
Is the extra 300Mhz worth it for an extra spend of ~$30? Also I'm pretty sure that RAM's heat spreaders get in the way of the D14.

That is why I choose my combo. the research I did showed amazing overclocks with a 2500k and P67 set up. Must be true, I hit 4.9ghz on the first try. I'll put up proof later but I couldn't be happier. Also, you cannot go wrong with one of the compact water cooling units. I highly recommend. I'm only using the Corsair H60 and in a push/pull fan setup, my temps are low. I may even upgrade to the H100 now that I have the CM Storm Trooper case.
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post #33 of 63
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I noticed a few things reading through this post. First SSD is a good idea (120 GB is a sweet spot); however, I would not scrap your older drives at this time. Due to a flood in a HD production facility the prices have bee very inflated. 1 year ago you could fin a 2 TB HD for $79, now it is closer to $160.
In addition, if you are an AMD Fan girl why not just go with AMD? The BD FX-8150 is a little slower than the 2500k; however, it will still play any of the above games with out a problem. It also has a form of Hyper-threading so if you ever use video editing software that can utilized HT, the BD may be faster.
Check out this a comparision: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=434
As new software comes out that is able to use more cores, the AMD BD should get faster, I am indifferent to both AMD and Intel, but if you are an AMD fangirl, why not stay with it?
As for the graphics card I would consider the 6950 2 GB, it is more future proof. Monitors are going up in resolution (look at the 4k TVs), if your build can wait until march AMD is releasing the 7850 which sould be around the $250 mark. Depending on benches you can get that, or the 6950 should drop / there maybe clearance sales. Check Slickdeals.net for the deals.
TL; DR
Go with AMD if you are a fangirl, many gamers use it and are happy.
Get at least a 120 GB SSD, it shoudl fit your OS and a couple games,
Save yoru old HDs until the HD market normalizes again
6950 2gb card would be best for your gaming


Well the cost/benefit from AMD isn't where Intel is. Just because I'm an AMD fangirl doesn't mean I automatically hate everything else. It's not like Apple fans who wont dirty their hands with anything un-Apple. It just means I don't really know Intel as well since I'm more of an AMD fan. I haven't used Intel since the 90's/early 2000's I think. I also haven't made a computer since I was 10. A lot has changed. So here I am learning and expanding my knowledge. AMD isn't a sports team, it's a company with a product to sell; and as a consumer with money to spend I'm going with the company that will most benefit myself.

TL;DR
Why not Intel?
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So after reading everything in this thread and from my own personal experience, I recommend the following:

I own a 2500k and wish I would have gone with the 2600k. I said to myself, "I mainly play games so I dont need the hyperthreading for an extra $100." I went from an i7-920 to this and I didn't realize how much the hyperthreading actually does. You said you do video editing and photoshop. This is where the $100 will come into play. So if you are willing to pay the extra $100 I HIGHLY recommend going with the 2600k.

I own a ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 and can recommend it. The features it has for the price simply can't be beat.

I also own a Noctua NH-D14 and the complaints I see here are really pretty rediculous. Yes, it is MASSIVE. However, it is pretty much silent and at my 4.8ghz overclock my highest temperature is 71 degrees.

I agree with getting at LEAST a 6950 and in the future grab another and go crossfire. If you dont plan on playing any games that are hugely graphic intense then that one 6950 will be plenty for awhile. If you mainly play SC2 and MMO's then you wont be disappointed. If in the future you decide you want to play Battlefield 3 or something of the sort then grab yourself a second 6950 and enjoy smile.gif

In order to support what I said above I can recommend you buy around a 850w power supply in case you do want to go crossfire in the future. Also grab a modular power supply if you can. The added cost is forgotten once you have the ability to remove all the extra cords you wont be using.

Please buy yourself a SSD. The difference in speeds is incredible and a 120gb can be had for under $200.
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Get a Gen 3 ready board (like the recommended AsRock), and an i3 2100 or w/e. When Ivy quad cores come out pick one and pick the quietest cooler around, OC the chip to 4.6-5ghz and ur set. Use the spare money you have now for a better GPU if you can find a nice deal somewhere! Enjoy smile.gif.
    
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You are corerect that the Intel chips are more bang for teh buck, jsut saying that you won't lose much cost / performance with AMD.

For a $1k gaming build target:
$200 Mobo (back bone of computer, I always like having a more solid one)
something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701

$125 for PSU (con up it to $150 if you plan to xfire in the future; however 750 watts should be enough (850 would be more than you need)
like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
The TX750 is good too, I jsut like the modular HX series where you hook up only the cables you need

$250 CPU 2500k ($229) if you plan to OC and mainly game, 2600k ($329) if you plan not to OC much and to run multi-threaded applications.

$150 for SSD 120 GB +
There will be on going sales, OCz, Corsair, Samsung, Kingstong are good brands, you really need to search slickdeals.net and find the best deal.
Would reccomend a SATA 3.0 one.

Keep your old 500 GB HD for data storage and temp internet files, plan to get a new HD when they are cheaper / you need more storage.

$250 for graphics card.You can save money by getting a reference card, just know it may be louder and run a little hotter with the stock cooler.
Something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

If you plan to OK, then I would recommend the CPU cooler; however, if you won't OC then the standard intel cooler would be more than enough.

If you went the AMD route I would go for something like:
$219 Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131735
and the 8150 ($269)

Any of these setups would be able to running everything you want with flying colors. It just depends on what you want, and what companies you prefer.

TL; DR
Spend a little more on a mobo (it is the backbone of your entire system), intel has the edge, AMD isn't optimized for current software, you won't notice much of a difference between AMD and Intel, a lot fo the build depends on if you plan to OC and by how much.
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So much fail in this thread. Get the 2600k hyper threading is awesome and will help in bf3 and games like it.
And why are u getting the d14 when the h80 performs better and isn't a huge lump of metal

your hate for heatsinks all a sudden baffles me. your H80 has brainwashed you
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CPU - I agree with i5 2500k ($230)

Motherboard - I would avoid only going for a $100 motherboard, especially if it's a gaming setup. I would upgrade to something around the $150-$200 price range. MSI makes good boards as well as Asus, but those are the only brands I've worked much with and as a result I can only recommend those brands without doubt. ($170-200)

These would be my picks:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130574
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701
Asus also has a $200 Sabertooth, but I'm not crazy about the shield that goes over it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702

Cooler - H80 is a little more quiet than the Noctua, but they both cool very well. The H80 also appears "smaller" in comparison, quotes because the size is just moved out of the way. I prefer the sealed water cooling loops because it's more aesthetically appealing, but that's my personal preference. ($100)

GPU - If you are saving $100 on your CPU and already had ~$350 to spare, I would definitely get a better GPU, I had a single 6950 for a long time and it has served me well, now I crossfire them, but a 560ti will also do you well smile.gif ($230-260)

An Nvidia and AMD GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102954

HDD/SSD - Please get a SSD, you will be very happy with it, it makes general tasks run so much faster. For me, I got a 60Gb Corsair Force 3 and I have my antivirus, OS, and other necessities on it. I also have just enough room to store the latest game I've been playing. If you do media work, recording with a SSD also makes for great footage, then you transfer onto a large drive, then you can render with that same SSD. ($100)

Mine:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233223

RAM - I would get an extra 4Gb of RAM, it's really not that much and it'll let you do a lot more, 8-16Gb is the standard for gaming. ($30)

PSU - Upgrade to the HX series PSU, having it be partially modular is wonderful for case management. If you have good hardware, you want it to look good as well. thumb.gif ($120)

Good low cost modular Corsair PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012
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It also includes a better example of what I'll be using the computer for.

I also +rep'd some people who's posts I found extremely helpful in making my decision.

You guys are the best! biggrin.gif I've learned so much so far :3
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Updated Build in First Post
It also includes a better example of what I'll be using the computer for.
I also +rep'd some people who's posts I found extremely helpful in making my decision.
You guys are the best! biggrin.gif I've learned so much so far :3

Looks a lot better now. The NZXT HAVIK is a bit meh. If you don't like the Noctua d14 then may I suggest the Thermalright Silver arrow.
    
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