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If you can wait, Id wait for Bulldozer or go with Sandybridges right now if theyre any good.

As for the other stuff:

Avoid Antec cases, theyre outdated and are expensive, look at Coolermaster.

For PSUs: Antec, Coolermaster, and Silverstone tend to be good choices.

RAM: G.Skill is usually the best bang for your buck.

HDDs: Samsung F3 1TB.

CPU cooler: Hyper 212+ w/ Shin-Etsu thermal paste

I havnt keep up with video, but I do know ATI and Nvidia have released cards like the 6850, that are just 5850s.

Also, COMBOS! LOOK FOR COMBOS!
Edited by pLuhhmm - 1/23/11 at 1:20am
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Edited by Diabolical999 - 1/23/11 at 1:25am
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Originally Posted by Dopamin3 View Post
I really like AMD and all, my GF still runs a Phenom II, but at that price point you would be much better with a Sandy Bridge system. Until AMD's next gen CPU "Bulldozer" comes out, Intel really has them beat at the majority of the price points
Still Runs a Phenom II?
Ive got news...thats the most up to date AMD processor there is.
Just because SB came out does not mean that a Phenom rig is not worth building or is outdated or anything. Thats not what you said word for word but thats your point.
I realize OCN is all about getting the most from a computer...but I get kinda pissed at the whole "Why build with that when you can have the latest and greatest" thing.
SB is out. Whoop De Doo!
Just because the next generation is out does not mean older tech is not worth getting.
AMD is still perfectly relevant and a Phenom Rig will still get the job done just fine.
Plus, he saves money on Mobo and CPU for a video card.
At $1200 you can get a SB setup with a "meh" GPU.
At $1200 with AMD you can get a great quad, Mobo and a "yay!" GPU.
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post #14 of 24
You can have the E-Pro for $40 more, and imho it's the best 1156 mobo out there.

I'm talking about this one.

EDIT: Out of stock, wonder why?
post #15 of 24
If you're programming you're going to want a monitor with a swivel ability to give you H>W- It makes programming sooooooooooooooooo much easier. Just a suggestion. As for my build, my brain died a few hours ago building my own, so im sorry, but i must disappoint =p I would get used monitors off of craigslist if they aren't too important. Get a i5 or i7 with 8G ddr3 and a Fermi. That's all i can say =] Oh, and Xclio full towers are orgasms in steel form. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...clio&x=11&y=29
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Originally Posted by Amor View Post
If you like programming could you not go dual monitors?

I find dual monitors really help when doing CAD work and with programming you might be able to have a few different implementation/header files open at once and work on them without going back and forth between screens.

If you get 2 monitors then that leaves $900 for a rig, and even then at that price point I still personally think the Sandy Bridge has AMD beat here. Also about the video card, don't forget about the HD6850 to HD6870 crossflash otherwise the GTX 460 is always a good bet.

Here's something I built on Newegg just now total comes to $1202.88 (if you decide to go with 2 of those ASUS monitors I've included below) and includes an SSD:

Antec 900
ASUS 21.5" LED backlit monitor
Phenon II X4 955BE
Gigabyte 880G mobo
4GB Team DDR3-1600 memory (I've heard good things about this brand but no personal experience with them)
Sapphire HD6850 (crossflash this to an HD6870)
OCZ 40GB Vertex2 SSD
WD Caviar Black 500GB
OCZ 600W Modular PSU
Scythe Ninja 3
Second fan for ninja3 (put this in a 2 fan "push-pull" config for better cooling when you decide to OC)
An SSD, interesting. Is the speed difference really worth $115 versus putting that $115 into something else? I assume it's for installing program files on so they're speedier, right?
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by _Chimera View Post
You can have the E-Pro for $40 more, and imho it's the best 1156 mobo out there.

I'm talking about this one.

EDIT: Out of stock, wonder why?
I like that, thanks for that. I'll keep that in mind if I go ahead and go with Intel.
post #18 of 24
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@ Diabolical999: That looks like a nice AMD build! Thanks! Anyone see anything that could be reconsidered with that?
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post
If you can wait, Id wait for Bulldozer or go with Sandybridges right now if theyre any good.

As for the other stuff:

Avoid Antec cases, theyre outdated and are expensive, look at Coolermaster.

For PSUs: Antec, Coolermaster, and Silverstone tend to be good choices.

RAM: G.Skill is usually the best bang for your buck.

HDDs: Samsung F3 1TB.

CPU cooler: Hyper 212+ w/ Shin-Etsu thermal paste

I havnt keep up with video, but I do know ATI and Nvidia have released cards like the 6850, that are just 5850s.

Also, COMBOS! LOOK FOR COMBOS!
I didn't know that about the Antec. I was specifically searching for Antec because I thought they were a good brand. I'll look at Coolermaster.

I completely forgot about a CPU cooler. =/ Silly me. =P
post #20 of 24
Yes, DO not buy Antec (not me, not anymore, I am NOT going to touch another Antec case unless I'm buying a mATX board for it (my Antec 902)

It's true, they're outdated and overpriced AND my 902 tends to be .. very tight on space.
That's if you have 4+ drives to manage, airflow sucks afterwords.

Also if you plan to eventually go Eyefinity, it's a good idea to stick with that 21" for now and use other unbranded monitors you may have lying around as just triple into more of a "desktop environment" if you're a programmer as someone said.
I'm one of these guys who like to have a lot of flexible space on my desktop and HELL it works amazing. I can read messages from one side to the other while I have a full screen game on. Good luck with the build, can't wait for pics
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