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Hello all

I havent been on here in a while. I have a bad habit of letting myself get out of the game for a couple of years at a time as I deal with work and life.

Anyway, as you can see from my sig rig I am starting to get a little dated and I was thinking of maybe building something.

Can you guys give me examples of whats "current"?

for example, whats the intel/amd processor thats hot? Im runnin SLI'd 260's as you can see, so whats going on in the video card world?

I know I can research for 25 minutes and answer these questions but I like hearing some fresh opinions on what to buy these days.



Thanks!!
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-Intel now releases a new socket every other week
-New CPUs from Intel are almost impossible to overclock, unless you buy an unlocked version
-ATI is now AMD
-BIOS has minigames

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-Intel now releases a new socket every other week
-New CPUs from Intel are almost impossible to overclock, unless you buy an unlocked version
-ATI is now AMD
-BIOS has minigames

That's about it
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-Intel now releases a new socket every other week
-New CPUs from Intel are almost impossible to overclock, unless you buy an unlocked version
-ATI is now AMD
-BIOS has minigames

That's about it
Lol wut?
CPU's from intel overclock exceptionally well, especially sandybridge. You can actually get a 5 Ghz validation with non-LN2 cooling now.
    
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Basically the i7 has reined supreme for the last two years. Amd has had their phenom II's out which have only just matched the core 2 quad's from LGA 775. Then amd came out with phenom II hex cores, they did alright. Then intel released expensive hex cores for i7, but they are expensive. And finally earlier this month intel released Sandy Bridge. It is a new socket, 1155, and they are great overclockers. For example, a typical chip can hit 4.7 and a good one hits 5.1 with fairly good temps. Sandy bridge is currently the top processors with the exception of intels hex cores. (All i7's have Hyper threading). There are non i7 chips, i5 and i3. They do not have hyperthreading but are still good.
Later this year amd is releasing their bulldozer and intel is releasing ivy bridge (socket 2011), there is a lot of speculation there, so I will let you read up on that.

As far as gpu's... Nvidia has released their fermi chips. They are the GTX 400 series and amd released their 5800 series last year. Both are DX11. Then AMD came out with their 6800 series, not a lot going on their.
The fermi chips are power hungary and run hot, so nvidia got to work and revised their fermi chips and released the GTX 500 series recently. Same general architecture, just more efficient. Amd has just released their 6900 series, which seems pretty good for the money.

The top single gpu is the GTX 500 and the top card is the 5970. However, Nvidia will be releasing a dual gpu fermi card within the next few weeks.

There a general overview, but go read now.

*I did not read what I wrote, so if there are a ton of grammatical errors and run-on sentences that don't make sense, sorry; but that is what you get when you ask for a summary because your being lazy.

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Latest Intel processors are named Sandy Bridge and run pretty awesome. Benchmarks show the best one (i7 2600k for $330) beating anything on the market right now except for the i7 980x (hexa-core at $1000), but the difference is very small. The new socket is LGA1155.
Overclocking with Sandy Bridge has been reduced to almost nothing, unless you buy the Sandy Bridge processors appended with a 'k'. These have unlocked Turbo Boost and memory multipliers.

ATI now has a 6xxx series line of graphics card, while nVidia has the GTX5xx line of graphics cards. They trade blows in terms of performance.

SSDs (solid-state drives) are the hot tech right now, providing a noticeable performance increase over mechanical hard drives.

Hope that helps!
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BIOS' have minigames!?

ok, I did not know know that!
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SSDs (solid-state drives) are the hot tech right now, providing a noticeable performance increase over mechanical hard drives.
Hope that helps!
+1 great point

Definitely one of the best overall upgrades you can do for the money. Everything seems faster with a SSD
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Processes: 32nm CPUs are pretty standard. 28nm Graphics are upcoming.

Graphics:
DirectX11 is out, makes games even better. AMD/ATI's drivers have gotten better. nVidia is doing well, but everyone's cards are too hot/noisy for my taste.

CPU:
Sandy Bridge is new in the world of processors, but Intel pretty much has a replacement ready for it. AMD's Bulldozer is due to come out any quarter now, but won't turn heads like they hoped. The Fusion APU's from them are pretty good for the mobile platform. nVidia may be working on Desktop CPUs now.

Memory: DDR3 is the norm, with the average enthusiast having 8 GB of CAS 7 or 8 clocked around 1600-2000MHz. DDR4 has been invented, due in 2012.

Storage: You can get 3TB drives now. SSD's are the biggest advancements in technology period, but they cost around $2/GB.

Power: We all use PCIe, SATA now. 80 Plus efficiency is standard, with 80Plus Silver and Gold prices coming down.

Cases: What was good then is still good now. Just bought a Lian Li-PC P80. Beautiful case, can't wait to mod it.

Cooling: AIO watercooling is a new fad, the Corsair h50 is popular. Air cooling has mad considerable advances, watercooling is still esoteric to the masses but better than air.

Optical:
Blu-Ray. You probably knew this. But hey, it's getting cheaper by the day.
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Everyone has basically brought you up to speed on what has gone on while you were away, but... if you're looking for upgrade paths, I will try my best to help you out.

First off, I would definitely go with either an Intel 2600K or 2500K processor. The 2500K has 4 cores / 4 threads, while the 2600K has 4 cores / 8 threads. The "K" indicates that it is an unlocked multiplier. Basically, that is all you do with these processors, bump the multi up, and add voltage as necessary. Some are getting up to 5ghz ON AIR!

As far as mobo's and ram are concerned with these new processors, I will leave that up to the pros.

Lets move on to GPU's now.

Since you have SLI'ed GTX 260's, I would suggest Nvidias new GTX 560 Ti. It is a further refinement of the Fermi architecture.

Basically, Fermi started with GF100 which was EXTREMELY power hungry and ran VERY hot (GTX 470, GTX 480).

They then moved onto GF104, which, again, further refined the architecture to make it more power and performance efficient (GTX 460).

From there, they released their lower-midrange card which had further power and performance refinements, the GF106 architecture (GTS 450). Lower end cards got a GF108 architecture refinement, but that wouldn't interest you (GTS 430 and below).

The next major improvement came in the GF110, which introduced the GTX 570 (basically same general makeup as the GTX 480) and the GTX 580 which is the defacto king of the hill when it comes to single GPU's.

The newest player in the Nvidia lineup is the GTX 560 Ti (a resurgence of the "Ti" branding from yesteryear). This card is a further refined architecture, bringing it up to GF114. Based off early benchmarks, this card will clock to 1ghz fairly easily, and will be fairly close in performance to the original GTX 480 at half the cost (which would also closely match the performance you get from your 260's in SLI).

Sorry for the wall o' text. But that's bound to happen when you've been asleep all this time!
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