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I thought the 6 core IB wont be out for quite a while after the 4 core IB is released.
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I thought the 6 core IB wont be out for quite a while after the 4 core IB is released.

That is correct, but the idea came up that he would not need the power from a 3930k so we are exploring other options. I like upgrade ability so the 3820 looks like a good buy too.
 
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Okay guys, so my plan is to wait for Ivy Bridge. Once released, the 3770K seems like the best option for me, along with a z77 board (which I'm hoping won't be priced too high). As for the SSD, I'll probably get the Crucial M4 128GB, instead of the Vertex 3, as it's only 2 euro more and seems to be reliable.

MisterFred, thanks for the case suggestions. I did some searching and I am trying to decide between the Corsair Obsidian 650 Mid Tower or the Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl. I don't like flashy cases so a simple/sleek case is what I'm after and these two seem to fit the bill. I'm leaning slightly toward the Corsair, even though it costs twice as much. It just seems like the better quality option and has great reviews.

Also is my PSU good to go into the new build, do you think? It's the earlier model of the TX850 from Corsair and it's not that old (bought little over a year ago).
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Both models of the TX850 are excellent power supples and you should have hundreds of spare watts (should be enough to crossfire or SLI if you wanted to).

Both cases are good. The Obsidian 650d is an excellent mid-tower case with that big 'ole window on the side. The Fractal Design R3 is a good standard case with sound dampening. Not exceptional quality, but more than satisfactory. If you want to heavily overclock CPU & GPU, the cooling might be a little low on it (fewer intakes for quieter performance. The Corsair Obsidian 550d would be a good hybrid. It lacks a side window, but it is a sound dampening case chock full of luxury features that is also set up to easily expose additional air intake for a high-airflow power build if you decide the sound dampening isn't as important as additional cooling to you. However, likely more expensive than the Fractal Design.

Not sure how available the 550d is in Europe; it's pretty new and apparently is selling out intermittently. If you decide you might want it, you could just keep an eye out for it wherever you prefer to get your components.
    
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Keep your TX850, this PSU is very reliable. And I love Corsair so I would say get the Corsair 650 even the corsair carbide 300r is a good looking one.
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Both models of the TX850 are excellent power supples and you should have hundreds of spare watts (should be enough to crossfire or SLI if you wanted to).
Both cases are good. The Obsidian 650d is an excellent mid-tower case with that big 'ole window on the side. The Fractal Design R3 is a good standard case with sound dampening. Not exceptional quality, but more than satisfactory. If you want to heavily overclock CPU & GPU, the cooling might be a little low on it (fewer intakes for quieter performance. The Corsair Obsidian 550d would be a good hybrid. It lacks a side window, but it is a sound dampening case chock full of luxury features that is also set up to easily expose additional air intake for a high-airflow power build if you decide the sound dampening isn't as important as additional cooling to you. However, likely more expensive than the Fractal Design.
Not sure how available the 550d is in Europe; it's pretty new and apparently is selling out intermittently. If you decide you might want it, you could just keep an eye out for it wherever you prefer to get your components.
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Keep your TX850, this PSU is very reliable. And I love Corsair so I would say get the Corsair 650 even the corsair carbide 300r is a good looking one.
Great, I shall stick with the TX850 then! I'm very relieved to know I can re-use it, as it's really quite a recent purchase. I also even have an old TX750 lying around as a backup.
And MisterFred, SLI is something I definitely plan to delve into in the future (as stated, I plan to make this build last), so it's great to know that the 850 watts will be sufficient when that time comes. I can definitely foresee a second GTX680 making it's way into my system later in the year, after I eventually make the move on a new higher res monitor perhaps.
And as for the case, I think I will definitely be going with the Corsair Obsidian 650d. Unfortunately there is no sign of the 550d on the site I use, but the 650 will do me fine I think. I'm also considering going with the Corsair Hydro H100, instead of the Noctua DH- (whatever), as there is only a 20 euro price difference and the H100 has proven to be compatible with the 650d.

I figure that, as long as the Ivy Bride platform is priced similar to the current sandy bridge hardware, then I should be able to afford these extra luxuries (ie. H100, new case)
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Keep us up-to-date with your decision.
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That is correct, but the idea came up that he would not need the power from a 3930k so we are exploring other options. I like upgrade ability so the 3820 looks like a good buy too.
Ahh! It seems my mind is still not quite 100% made up yet.. rctrucker, your comment has made me have second thoughts about ignoring the x79 platform. And just the fact that I keep seeing comments on this forum such as ''the 1155 platform is coming to the end of it's life''... and ''it's a dying chipset''..

Can I just ask, is it true that the IB platform will eventually utilize x79? I'm referring to the IB-E chips that seem to come up a lot here. If so, then I'm considering doing as rctrucker suggested and just going with an x79 build, but with a 3820, to get me by.

I even spec'd out a new potential x79 build, including some of the suggestions I have been given in this thread. I came up with the following;
i7 3820
Asus PX79 PRO (or ASRock alternative)
Corsair Vengeance 1600 4x4gb
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Corsair H100
Corsair Obsidian 650d
Windows 7 Premium 64

The above spec brings me to only 1100 euro and I still get my case and H100. I could then get a respectable OC from the 3820 and make it last until better cpu's come along for the x79. And of course I'd have a GTX 680 in there too. What is everybody's thoughts on this? I'm talking mainly in regards to maximizing 'future proofing' potential here.. Your advice has been extremely helpful so far but I just want to play it safe here, folks.
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Ahh! It seems my mind is still not quite 100% made up yet.. rctrucker, your comment has made me have second thoughts about ignoring the x79 platform. And just the fact that I keep seeing comments on this forum such as ''the 1155 platform is coming to the end of it's life''... and ''it's a dying chipset''..
Can I just ask, is it true that the IB platform will eventually utilize x79? I'm referring to the IB-E chips that seem to come up a lot here. If so, then I'm considering doing as rctrucker suggested and just going with an x79 build, but with a 3820, to get me by.
I even spec'd out a new potential x79 build, including some of the suggestions I have been given in this thread. I came up with the following;
i7 3820
Asus PX79 PRO (or ASRock alternative)
Corsair Vengeance 1600 4x4gb
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Corsair H100
Corsair Obsidian 650d
Windows 7 Premium 64
The above spec brings me to only 1100 euro and I still get my case and H100. I could then get a respectable OC from the 3820 and make it last until better cpu's come along for the x79. And of course I'd have a GTX 680 in there too. What is everybody's thoughts on this? I'm talking mainly in regards to maximizing 'future proofing' potential here.. Your advice has been extremely helpful so far but I just want to play it safe here, folks.

3820 performs on par with the 2600k, but with Ivy coming out, it makes more sense buying into a cheaper platform with more features that matter to you. Buying a 3820 now only to upgrade to a hex core Ivy-E next year makes little sense if you're not looking for a work production pc. Gaming performance will not increase by having more cores and general multitasking efficiency is the same. X79 is not a gaming platform and is pricey. Save the money by purchasing Ivy or wait till Haswell. Then stick with what you have for a few years. My two cents smile.gif
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3820 performs on par with the 2600k, but with Ivy coming out, it makes more sense buying into a cheaper platform with more features that matter to you. Buying a 3820 now only to upgrade to a hex core Ivy-E next year makes little sense if you're not looking for a work production pc. Gaming performance will not increase by having more cores and general multitasking efficiency is the same. X79 is not a gaming platform and is pricey. Save the money by purchasing Ivy or wait till Haswell. Then stick with what you have for a few years. My two cents smile.gif
Thanks for your thoughts. This is still going to be a hard decision, and I guess admittedly.. part of my urge for the x79 is due to impatience and the desire to build my system right away (especially with the GTX 680 release), so I can immediately start enjoying Battlefield 3 and some of the other games I have missed out on thanks to my old rig dying at the worst moment...

So I acknowledge there is benefit in waiting a few more weeks. I still think more opinions on this would help though.
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