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Alright so my uncle is an avid intel guy and practically bleeds intel. I tell him i want a gaming rig for 1500 and he suggests i7-950 for the build, I have been on here the past couple of days deciding between AMD and intel just for pure bang for your buck. I have a 1500 budget but do not want to reach or exceed it this is strictly gaming no editing no nothing...just gaming and not even super hardcore gaming. I put this together and still am not satisfied with my results. If I could get it closer to 1000-1250 with tax/shipping that would be amazing because I also need to get a new 23-24" monitor. Also I DO NOT want nor plan on overclocking. Not into folding dont even know what it means. I have done research till im blue in the face. I want a gaming computer that can run basically anything now and hopefully a couple years down the road. Thank you in advance.

here is the build: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=11117429
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My system is a fairly new build under $1200 and runs all my games full on graphics
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I would forget the 950 and go with a sandybridge. This is coming from a guy who owns a 950.

If you honestly have no interest in overclocking I would look into the i7-2600. But for just a little more money you could get the 2600K and overclock it for a lot more performance.

The 2600 will be cheaper and faster than a 950. It will also use less power, run cooler, and subsequently be less noisy since you need lower fan speeds for cooling.

The 2500 is also another good option. It does not have hyperthreading but you don't need hyperthreading for games. It might even be a better option than the 2600 for your needs.

EDIT: Also, something I noticed in your parts list. The ram you chose only has 2 sticks. If you want to use the 950 to its potential you need a triple channel kit (three sticks). There is no point in paying for a 950 if you are not going to use hyperthreading or triple channel memory.
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2500k or 2600k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I would forget the 950 and go with a sandybridge. This is coming from a guy who owns a 950.
^Seconded. Don't buy old hardware.
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post #6 of 19
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ok this is the build with i5-2500k SB. and total keeps me under 1300 with tax and shipping...IF I wanted I could go with the i7-2600k is there really that much of a difference between the two?

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=11117889


Also am I missing anything? I am going to get windows 7 ultimate 64bit from my uncle so dont have to add that in.
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ok this is the build with i5-2500k SB. and total keeps me under 1300 with tax and shipping...IF I wanted I could go with the i7-2600k is there really that much of a difference between the two?

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=11117889
For gaming? No, a 2500k will suit you just fine.

Edit: Try to see if you can fit a small SSD in your budget.
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I say go SB. I have an i7-950 build and I love it more than I would ever love some Sandy Bridge but for the price the performance of the i5-2500k is ridiculous.

DO NOT. I REPEAT. DO NOT GET A SANDY BRIDGE NON-K MODEL.

The fact that you can't overclock them much more than a couple hundred MHz makes them completely useless to people like me who want to squeeze every ounce of power out of what I buy.

Also if you have a Microcenter local to you you will find that your Intel build will be a lot lighter on your wallet then if you were to shop online.
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post #9 of 19
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Also is the video card i have fine and doesnt the K in the 2500-2600 mean its unlocked for overclocking? I know its only like a $20 difference in the 2500-2500k but just asking.
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I can drop one of the f3 spinpoints and add in an 64gb Crucial C300...
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