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Because of my financial aid for college I'll be able to rebuild my computer which has been down for almost two years now. I would like to stay in the Intel/Nvidia category, and I'd also like to have them watercooled. I won't need a case, hard drive, psu, monitor, OS, radiator, or a resevoir. So far I was thinking about getting this motherboard for $180. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004OT7XLM/ref=sr_1_5_olp?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339366626&sr=1-5&condition=used. My budget is $1000
Edited by startekee - 6/10/12 at 3:25pm
    
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With a $1000.00 budget you can do a complete new build,not a rebuild.You also can have your pick of many different parts with such a budget.Figure if you want to make a PC that is even in every department or perhaps you want to fit a higher end gpu in the build.1000.00 builds a pretty nice PC if you shop wisely.

EDIT: I was thinking of reusing the watercooling gear,where possible.Things like fittings and shipping can eat up a budget.For me,I could easily make a few more semesters on a socket 1366 rig.What went down in paticular with the old rig?
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I would just replace ur video cards.... that nehalem is still a beast. What cpu cooler do u have? Is ur cpu overclocked?
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With a $1000.00 budget you can do a complete new build,not a rebuild.You also can have your pick of many different parts with such a budget.Figure if you want to make a PC that is even in every department or perhaps you want to fit a higher end gpu in the build.1000.00 builds a pretty nice PC if you shop wisely.

Nah I don't want to waste the other parts I have, so I still want to use them.
So far I'm looking this cpu. If you have any suggestions let me know
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004EBUXSA/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=A3LKMNIE1DOZC8

Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004OT7XLM/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=AWANFO0OZMW2J

I also want the best bang for buck, don't suggest a gtx 680 because that thing is horribly priced lol

The Motherboard and Cpu are both fried. the pump makes a weird noise, and im pretty sure I've lost most of the fittings lol and I only have 4gb of ddr3 ram. The power supply also doesn't work, I spilled water into it, but I have an ocz 600w which should be enough if im not going to sli
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I would just replace ur video cards.... that nehalem is still a beast. What cpu cooler do u have? Is ur cpu overclocked?

I don't have a cpu, motherboard, or gpu. The motherboard and cpu isn't working and I sold my gpus
    
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I'd just go with a GTX 580, I5 ivy bridge, $150-200 mobo (gigabyte has a real good one,) and 8gb of ram. Easily in your price range
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I'd just go with a GTX 580, I5 ivy bridge, $150-200 mobo (gigabyte has a real good one,) and 8gb of ram. Easily in your price range

I don't need 8gb, and I have 4gb of ddr3 laying around here somewhere. I'm a little skeptical about the GTX 580. Are they at a good price for their performance at the moment. Would an i5 be a step up from my current cpu?
    
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Well you don't have a current CPU... so yes. An i5 is what you want for gaming - quad-core and no hyperthreading (useless for gaming). For most applications it will be a little better than your previous i7-920, but not so much that you'll notice the benefits often. Now if you're also doing heavy autoCAD work or video encoding or something, well then the hyperthreading of an i7 would be useful and you would then consider one of those instead of an i5. As for GPU, it depends on what you want out of it. 7850 will run a lot of games at max, 7870 will run more games at max, 670 will run almost all games at max (1920x1080 resolution). Nvidia goes 560Ti 448 - 570 - 580 - 670 - 680. With the Ti 448 & 570 ok in terms of price/performance IF they're on special, and the 670 being not as ridiculously high-priced as the 680.

If you're looking for price/performance though, watercooling is a waste of your time, as is spending over $130 on mobo. So it really depends on what you want to do. Blow your $1000 on parts with the most "Bling" and make you feel better i7 is better than i5, or get a high-performance gaming computer without spending everything you've got.
    
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i5 2500K or 3570K and an ASrock Extreme3 or better tongue.gif SLI 670s and you will be golden thumb.gif
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Well you don't have a current CPU... so yes. An i5 is what you want for gaming - quad-core and no hyperthreading (useless for gaming). For most applications it will be a little better than your previous i7-920, but not so much that you'll notice the benefits often. Now if you're also doing heavy autoCAD work or video encoding or something, well then the hyperthreading of an i7 would be useful and you would then consider one of those instead of an i5. As for GPU, it depends on what you want out of it. 7850 will run a lot of games at max, 7870 will run more games at max, 670 will run almost all games at max (1920x1080 resolution). Nvidia goes 560Ti 448 - 570 - 580 - 670 - 680. With the Ti 448 & 570 ok in terms of price/performance IF they're on special, and the 670 being not as ridiculously high-priced as the 680.
If you're looking for price/performance though, watercooling is a waste of your time, as is spending over $130 on mobo. So it really depends on what you want to do. Blow your $1000 on parts with the most "Bling" and make you feel better i7 is better than i5, or get a high-performance gaming computer without spending everything you've got.

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i5 2500K or 3570K and an ASrock Extreme3 or better tongue.gif SLI 670s and you will be golden thumb.gif

Ok, The i5 is $240 on amazon, and i7-2700k is $200 on there. Is the i5 still the better choice. I already have all the water cooling parts from a previous build, all I need is a new water cooling block, and some fittings. The z68 or the x79? The Gtx 670s are $400 a piece so sli on those isn't an option
    
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