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New and improved, now with a Biostar motherboard, two Spinpoint F3's, the X4 955, and the Antec Truepower PSU. Also saved some money by switching to a Powercolor HD 6870.

Thoughts?

Also, are there any restrictions to the BIOS with an OEM copy of Windows or anything like that? Newegg has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM for $99.99


Edited by Nickzorz91 - 12/20/10 at 1:19pm
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Pfft,
What kind of person only fits an x4 and a 500GB HDD and no SSD in a $1000 budget--

This is how xd buids a PC:
Phenom II x6 1055T + Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870: $415, $395 AR
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO + Antec Earthwatts EA750 - $179, 165 AR
G.Skill Ripjaws 7-8-7 $70
Samsung F3 1TB, $60 shipped @ Superbiiz
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - $130, 110 AR
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W - $70
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD drive - $17
Corsair A50 - $32.50, $22.50 AR
Promo FBXMAS10 - -$10
x6 1055T gift card - -$10
Total cost before rebates: $953.50
Total cost after rebates: $888.50

What is that!? I managed to squeeze in an SSD as well as 6 cores, a slightly better video card, a better hard drive and it still only costs the same price
Edited by xd_1771 - 12/20/10 at 4:05pm
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the key there is to watch for the combos!!!!
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post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Nickzorz91 View Post
New and improved, now with a Biostar motherboard, two Spinpoint F3's, the X4 955, and the Antec Truepower PSU. Also saved some money by switching to a Powercolor HD 6870.

Thoughts?

Also, are there any restrictions to the BIOS with an OEM copy of Windows or anything like that? Newegg has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM for $99.99

I've become the resident Expert and Fanboi when it comes to Sandy Bridge on this site and as someone who just ditched a 1090T and 890FX ROG board for a 760/Maximus III i say wait. The 2500K is going to be on average 20-30% faster then the 965 X4 and 2600K will be up to 40% faster.

2500K will be 219-229.99 on newegg and P67 boards will be starting at 79.99. 2500K will overclock to somewhere north of 4.5Ghz with a good air cooler as well.

2500K - 219.99
P67 UD3 - 129.99
4GB DDR3 2000 - 79.99

Edit - If you can't wait under 3 weeks look at this combo. The 760 is a better gaming processor then the X4 ever could. 334 after MIR for a I5 760 and a Maximus III Motherboard. I have this same combo and as you can see in my sig it overclocks like a mofo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.572500
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I will check out the Antec 300, it's a definite possibility if it can fit a 5870 or 6870.
I would definitely get the 300. It is by far the best case I have ever owned, and I have had a lot of cases (even a HAF X). Everything is my case is kept very cool and there is definitely room for those cards. My 5830's fit with lots of room left over, so you should be good
    
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^ I call BS brah...the 300 has absolutely no cable management, and the PSU can't be mounted fan-down. It was a good case when it was new, but there are better designs now.

Good case/psu combo here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.572597

It'd be VERY hard to beat that for the price. The 1200 seems expensive at $160, but when you consider that for $90 more you get an 850W Antec Signature-class PSU, there's not really any competition.
Edited by Drenlin - 12/20/10 at 11:40pm
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post #17 of 19
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Pfft,
What kind of person only fits an x4 and a 500GB HDD and no SSD in a $1000 budget--

This is how xd buids a PC:
Phenom II x6 1055T + Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870: $415, $395 AR
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO + Antec Earthwatts EA750 - $179, 165 AR
G.Skill Ripjaws 7-8-7 $70
Samsung F3 1TB, $60 shipped @ Superbiiz
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - $130, 110 AR
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W - $70
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD drive - $17
Corsair A50 - $32.50, $22.50 AR
Promo FBXMAS10 - -$10
x6 1055T gift card - -$10
Total cost before rebates: $953.50
Total cost after rebates: $888.50

What is that!? I managed to squeeze in an SSD as well as 6 cores, a slightly better video card, a better hard drive and it still only costs the same price
I'm impressed! Thanks. I'll probably be building this in early January, so a lot of the combos and rebates will probably be different, but I'll definitely use this as a starting point.
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post #18 of 19
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Well.. unless you guys can somehow convince me otherwise, I may have to ditch AMD.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...l#post11812625

This is my proposed Sandy Bridge build. For around the same price, I managed to fit in a 6950 and the i5-2500k which I'm sure is much faster than any of the AMD processors out right now. Should I do it? Is Sandy Bridge way too good of a deal to still consider AMD? Note: This computer is for gaming, I don't even need 6 cores the way I see it.
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post #19 of 19
4 more months and AMD's Bulldozer is out; there is, in fact, an indirect ugprade path from AM3/Phenom II (motherboard first, then CPU); it will be 32nm just like Sandy Bridge and feature up to 8 (true) cores.
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