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Wow thanks for all of the replies.. I'm going to have to do some more research it looks like. But I didn't think I'd be able to squeeze an i5 into my budget, but if I can I'm absolutely going to. As far as the 2500K vs the 2400, am I going o see much of a difference? Or is the biggest thing the 2500 is unlocked as opposed to the 2400?
Basically if I'm still trying to save a few bucks, the 2400 should still be a great option correct?

personally i think you'd be a little dissapointed down the road if you don't get the 2500k it is such a solid chip and worth the few extra bucks. also The ASRock board people have mentioned is a great mobo too! I'd try looking into getting a used or refurbished gpu to save some money if you're worried about the price. Good luck with the build, hope you have a great system when its done!
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personally i think you'd be a little dissapointed down the road if you don't get the 2500k it is such a solid chip and worth the few extra bucks. also The ASRock board people have mentioned is a great mobo too! I'd try looking into getting a used or refurbished gpu to save some money if you're worried about the price. Good luck with the build, hope you have a great system when its done!

Ahh okay, well down the road consideration is certainly worthwhile to me. I'm thinking I'll have to just play around with everything and mix and match the best I can. If I can work any of the i5 cpus in I think I'll be pretty pumped.
And a lot of the reviews I've read about that mobo have been good so I think I'll end up going with that one.

But if it comes down to GPU vs CPU for my last extra bit of money I should put it towards the GPU for gaming consideration, ya?
post #23 of 36
i recommend waiting for the new gpus coming out soon like the 78xx series. and make sure you get the 2500K.
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i recommend waiting for the new gpus coming out soon like the 78xx series. and make sure you get the 2500K.

Beacuse the other prices will drop?
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The main difference between the i5s are the ability to overclock, yes. If you're overclocking, the only i5 that can overclock is the 2500K ($200 at us.ncix.com). If you're not overclocking, than you want an i5-2500 or i5-2400 or i5-2300. The 2500 is marginally faster, but the difference is tiny, so most people go for the 2400, which is usually $15 cheaper or so. But they usually don't drop down farther to the 2300. If not overclocking, the performance differences are tiny so it's not a big decision, you probably won't really notice the difference in practice. If you're not overclocking but want the option of a high-end SSD, an Intel H67 like the one Ankit recommended (there's an Intel-brand mATX and a very similar ATX board on newegg right now, pick your preferred size) is the right motherboard to get. If you are considering overclocking, the performance gains for doing so are significant (though coming at a ~$60 price tag between more expensive mobo, processor, and about $30 for a heat sink).

If you're not overclocking and not getting a SATA3 SSD, you should get some cheapo H61 board, preferably Asrock for 2 bios-controlled fans (case and CPU) rather than 1.

Edit: The new Ivy Bridge CPUs (late april) will replace the current lineup and will offer essentially the same options with a minor performance increase (10% or so is estimated but not known for sure). If history is any indication, prices will NOT drop for current CPUs. Personally, I don't see a lot of reason to wait - a month of improved computer experience seems worth missing out on a small performance gain. But it's reasonable to wait if you choose to. The 7800 series will essentially be variations on the 6900 series, so again not a big deal. Prices expected to be around $250 (or higher) and $350 (or higher) I think, so if unless that's your budget for GPU no reason waiting on them. Coming soon though.

The 480 will provide a moderate increase in power over a 6870. In practical terms, a minor increase in settings in some games, essentially the same performance in others. The 6870 is about 170, the 480 was 210, so about a $40 price difference. Both hit pretty good price/performance points. The 480 has a reputation for sometimes getting hot if you have bad air-flow in your case, but I wouldn't worry much about that.

If you go for the 6870, and are sensitive to noise I'd suggest this one ($190 with $20 rebate):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
It's $10 more than the cheapest 6870, but comes with a superior heatsink/fans and a mild factory overclock if you don't want to OC it yourself.

Overall, still go with Tarun's build he put on the first page. It's excellent overall, allows you to overclock, and you can shave a roughly $60 off the price (after mail in rebates) with this mobo (drops 2 GPU capability & integrated graphics capability):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157230
and this PSU (if I remember correctly will require a molex to pci-e power adapter). The HIS 6870 recommended by Trun comes with one. The XFX I linked above does not.:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63238&vpn=P1450SX2B9&manufacture=XFX

Those two replacements would bring you under $800 (AMIR).
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can you list individual prices?
id go with a hyper 212+ from tiger direct.
check NCIX US and tier direct as well as amazon and ebay for better prices.
if you cut out windows 7, and the CD drive and used an old hdd/drive/os you could go i5 and maybe a 6950
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Beacuse the other prices will drop?

it's always that way, then you can buy a better gpu.

with regard to the mobo, if you are picking up a z68 or p67, then definitely go with the 2500K. useless to get a 2500 with those boards.
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I went with Asus on my build, not AsRock. However I think it's a really good build you have for the price:thumb:
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Yeah I'm going to have to decide if I want to OC. I was set on doing it when I was originally looking into the Phenoms but I've been strongly pushed away from them. I guess I'll have to consider a couple options, it sounds like the ability to overclock if or when I want to might be worth it though, especially considering how powerful of a cpu it already is.

As far as the GPU, the 480 sounds like it might be worth it regardless of my cpu
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I went with Asus on my build, not AsRock. However I think it's a really good build you have for the price:thumb:

Originally I was looking at Asus and wanted to go that route, but I've heard a lot of good things about the ASRock Extreme Gen 3 mobo that was linked, so I feel comfortable with it.
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