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$159.99 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ..
$129.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$149.99 CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...
$44.99 G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$204.99 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$224.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
$99.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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$479.37 Sapphire 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card Is saphire a decent brand, i could not find MSI in stock, and i was told not to get XFX, ASUS, or Gigabyte, and i wasn't sure what reference cards were :/
Subtotal: $1,728.37
some people are saying 2 gpus is not optional, that it is required, some are. I am not planning on getting any better of a monitor for a while, a 32" 1080p TV suits me fine for a long time (until a couple months ago all i've had was a 14 inch 768 pos with bad color). considering i am happy with 1080p, but that i want to run games at ultra/high/best settings, is 1 GPU going to be enough? Or should i upgrade to a 7970 vs a 7950?
also i have 2 conflicting posts, one saying the mobo i picked mobo is indeed future proof, the other saying it isnt. . . which is it LOL?

i don't plan on doing a lot with adobe cs 5.5 at home (i hate bringing work home) i just wanted a computer that could handle the basics just in case which from what i gather this one can.
Thank you for also keeping in mind i want to spend less than the 2500$ and understanding that i want to save money if i can
This forum is GREAT btw, never had such a nice community before, all other forums were full or cursing and trolls and all sort of crud.
One last question to all of these above, some people are saying "WAIT!!!!!!, buy when XYZ comes out". . . is that really worth it to wait, will it be That much better? or should i just say meh, and buy now lol?

Nice builld BTW, How come for a little extra $$$ you didnt go 2600k, (8 core CPU and 2 MB more of L3 cache) ? For Less then $100 Iwoudl have gone that way for a more future proof build and a well rounded performance PC
 
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I seriously recommend waiting the 38 days or whatever it is for Ivy Bridge & Kepler. Whether you will actually purchase them or their previous counterparts on sale, you will get better value through waiting a short period of time.
Something is flawed here because Sandy Bridge prices havent experienced any price drops. They will drop in price only when Ivy Bridge is out.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1221501/guru3d-intel-pushes-back-ivy-bridge-launch#post_16570987 rolleyes.gif
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That's a bingo!
What? lol
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How come for a little extra $$$ you didnt go 2600k, (8 core CPU and 2 MB more of L3 cache) ?

The 2600K isn't 8 core, It's quad with hyperthreading tongue.gif The only true 8 core CPU on the market at the moment is Bulldozer.
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$159.99 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ..
$129.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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$44.99 G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$204.99 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$224.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
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$479.37 Sapphire 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card Is saphire a decent brand, i could not find MSI in stock, and i was told not to get XFX, ASUS, or Gigabyte, and i wasn't sure what reference cards were :/
Subtotal: $1,728.37

This is a fine build. You'll be happy. Sapphire is a good brand. ASUS also makes nice video cards, plus they have a 3-year warranty. I just prefer MSI/ASUS for the 3-year warranties compared to the 2-year warranties of PowerColor/Sapphire/Diamond/etc. Though personally I would just go with a DVD drive, but it's probably a $30 difference MAX... so whatevs.
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What? lol
The 2600K isn't 8 core, It's quad with hyperthreading tongue.gif The only true 8 core CPU on the market at the moment is Bulldozer.
Yes,I know what ht is ill be more specific next time but the 2600k runs circles around both also I can't think about amd right now I practically gave my 1100t away 2 Weeks ago
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I seriously recommend waiting the 38 days or whatever it is for Ivy Bridge & Kepler. Whether you will actually purchase them or their previous counterparts on sale, you will get better value through waiting a short period of time.
Something is flawed here because Sandy Bridge prices havent experienced any price drops. They will drop in price only when Ivy Bridge is out.

I mean that it will cost less in general than an Ivy Bridge build
    
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Single GPU like a HD 7950 is plenty for 1080p resolution.
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here is what i have so far and what questions i have remaining:
$159.99 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ..
$129.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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$204.99 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$224.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
If you want this to last 5 years, I would definitely take a 2600k instead. While the 8 HT cores aren't all being used today, within 5 years they'll be used very efficiently. An extra 4 logical cores is an excellent investment for less than $100.
The 2550k is also an option ; the difference being it doesn't have an integrated GPU, and it's a revised version allowing more overclocking headroom (better performance, lower temperatures, more lifetime).
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$479.37 Sapphire 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card Is saphire a decent brand, i could not find MSI in stock, and i was told not to get XFX, ASUS, or Gigabyte, and i wasn't sure what reference cards were :/
Subtotal: $1,728.37
Reference cards are cards that are built to the manufacturer's standard. Non-reference cards have different PCB layouts, and can include alternative cooling solutions, though not always. These can be spotted based on the card's appearance and product number.
On the contrary, I WOULD suggest XFX. They have acquired an excellent reputation, and provide an excellent warranty. As long as you register your card within 30 days, you get a double lifetime warranty. This means that you, and someone whom you may choose to sell/give the card to in the future will also have a lifetime warranty.
No comment on Gigabyte / ASUS, I haven't had any personal experience with them.
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some people are saying 2 gpus is not optional, that it is required, some are. I am not planning on getting any better of a monitor for a while, a 32" 1080p TV suits me fine for a long time (until a couple months ago all i've had was a 14 inch 768 pos with bad color). considering i am happy with 1080p, but that i want to run games at ultra/high/best settings, is 1 GPU going to be enough? Or should i upgrade to a 7970 vs a 7950?
You do not need 2 GPUs. You CAN have 2 GPUs, but it is better to get one higher performance GPU now, and possibly add another later. It is not required, but is optional. One 7950 will be enough for games for 1-2 years. If your budget allows, I would buy a 7970 and upgrade 3-4 years down the road at which time it'll cost about $100-200
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also i have 2 conflicting posts, one saying the mobo i picked mobo is indeed future proof, the other saying it isnt. . . which is it LOL?
It's a solid motherboard. The reason people are calling it not future proof is because 1155 is a dying socket. It is about to be replaced by 2011.
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i don't plan on doing a lot with adobe cs 5.5 at home (i hate bringing work home) i just wanted a computer that could handle the basics just in case which from what i gather this one can.
One last question to all of these above, some people are saying "WAIT!!!!!!, buy when XYZ comes out". . . is that really worth it to wait, will it be That much better? or should i just say meh, and buy now lol?
There will always be XYZ around the corner, computer technology is constantly improving. It is up to you, through personal research, to decide if it is worth it.
An upgrade to keep in mind would be the Core i7 3820. It's on the markets right now, with the 2011 socket. It has 4 cores, 8 threads, and is more powerful and futureproof than SB due to the accessories that come with it. I think this would be a solid investment as you can upgrade to 16 core CPUs down the road and in 2-3 years time we might be looking at 10 core (20 HT) CPUs.

I hope this helped! Otherwise, don't worry about your friend's incident. With all the knowledgeable people here, all your parts will work together. Only exception is if a part is DOA (Dead-on-arrival) - rest assured, all manufacturers will replace a part if it is dead before it arrives.
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The 2600K isn't 8 core, It's quad with hyperthreading tongue.gif The only true 8 core CPU on the market at the moment is Bulldozer.
It's not a true eight core either, it's a hybrid that splits up resources.
The Core i7 Extreme 3980X is a native 8 core CPU that reaches 16 cores through hyperthreading.

Otherwise, there are plenty of server chips that have been out for a while that have 8 cores, even 10 cores like the E7-8870. (Intel)

AMD has their own 8-core offering on the G34 socket (12-core and 16-core interlagos, native), though this and the 8870 are server chips.
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now that i know a little more..i'd recommend sapphire,msi..evga....there's one i'm forgetting.powercolor :lachen.gif:.over xfx&asus for videocards
sapphire...#1 ...better to get a reference card (if you plan to OC)
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