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$800 Sandy bridge build... opinions needed

Poll Results: Which system to build?

Poll expired: Feb 8, 2011  
  • 92% (35)
    Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge 2500K 3.3GHz Quad, GTX 460 SE
  • 7% (3)
    AMD Phenom II X6 1090 3.2GHz Hex-Core, HD 5770
38 Total Votes  
post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I originally posted an AMD build for $800 then started playing around and came up with an Intel build for $800

I already have my storage taken care of so I can spend cash elsewhere. I'm on a very strict $800 budget (before shipping) so I can't go all out like I would want to. If you could please review both builds and vote on the build you would recommend (and any parts you would swap out to keep the price below $800)

Intel Build -
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 129.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 224.99
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner 15.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 59.99
EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 159.99
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W 119.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 29.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 47.99
4 120mm Case fans 14.76
12" 8pin extender 3.99
Subtotal: $807.67

AMD Build-
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner 15.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 59.99
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W 119.99
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X 98.99
SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 129.99
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 229.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 47.99
CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC) 71.99
3 120mm Case Fans 11.97
12" 4pin extension 3.39
Subtotal: $790.28
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32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
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Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
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post #2 of 18
well the thing is in the future your amd will be obsolete but not the sandy is new so i would go for he intel in this case
post #3 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by OolerTheInventor View Post
Intel Build -
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 129.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 224.99
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner 15.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 59.99
EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 159.99
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W 119.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 29.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 47.99
4 120mm Case fans 14.76
12" 8pin extender 3.99
Subtotal: $807.67
You can get an 8x Blu-ray drive for only 35$ more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106292

Oh, don't even think about the Corsair!
This Silverstone PSU is 1000w on a SINGLE RAIL and will last you for years for only 30$ more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-043-_-Product

4GB leaves you no room these days; here's 8GB for an extra 25$:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231308

Lastly, I'd scrounge up whatever budget you can and upgrade that graphics card to an HD 6950.
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Crucial C300 256GB LG 6x BD-RW/HD-DVD Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate 64-bit Dell 'PLP' - 2007FP | 3007WFP-HC | 2007FP 
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Logitech G510 Silverstone 1000w [80A]-Rail Antec p190 (Modded) Logitech G700 
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Crucial C300 256GB LG 6x BD-RW/HD-DVD Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate 64-bit Dell 'PLP' - 2007FP | 3007WFP-HC | 2007FP 
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post #4 of 18
get the intel sandy bridge...should be faster...
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Crucial M500 240GB  TOSHIBA 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache Swiftech Apogee™ XT + Arctica 900 Btu WaterChiller Windows 8.1 Ultimate 64 
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post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Lol your the first person to agree that 4GB was not enough.... I cannot spend ANY more then $800 on this build... so If I need more cash I have to skimp on something else to get it. I'm already $8 over my budget, so I hope that some of this stuff goes on sale before I order it.
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32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
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post #6 of 18
Out of Tracks' suggestions the memory will make the most difference. The PSU is only better if you plan to add another GPU, and the bluray drive speaks for itself.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
I don't plan on getting a Blu-ray for it.... my new laptop will have one, and I don't own any Blu-ray discs.... No need in going SLI or Crossfire at this time or anytime soon..... still in college and working full time with two kids..... This will mainly get used after the kids goto bed or on my days off.
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
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post #8 of 18
The build looks solid, the RAM is the only thing I would change as 4GB is kinda small these days, but you can always buy another pair down the road.
post #9 of 18
You can save $30-40 on the power supply by going with one of these.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by steddy View Post
You can save $30-40 on the power supply by going with one of these.
I've never used that company before and my PSUs have always been Antec or Corsair.... I'll do some research about the company to see if I can same some cash and throw it somewhere else
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
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Corsair Graphite Series 600T Gigabyte GM-M6580 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
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