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Well, waiting for taxes I had my mind dead set on doing a SB build and came to the conclusion of doing the 2500k, asus p67 pro along with a nvidia gtx 560 card.

Now that SB has their recalls thing going, I am not going to hold off for another 2 months to complete this build. All my systems in the past have been AMD based and I have never had issues with them what so ever. I think I was wanting to make the switch due to the decent price tag along with the performance the chip was supposed to deliver.

Well, with the setbacks, I have chosen to go back to AMD and put intel on the backburner one more time.

The purpose of the PC will be as follows:
Gaming, tons of it. I don't do a whole lot on my consoles and am mostly into online FPS and some Racing and RPG Games.
Some image editing. I use photoshop quiet a bit, but it's nothing huge, even my dated phenom 955 BE could handle everything I did there.

My old system:
Phenom 955 BE 2.7 Ghz paired with a nvidia 9800gt and a basic asus mobo with some cheapo ddr2 ram.

The challange -
Looking for a build that will blow my old one out the water. I am all for Xfire/SLI if it can be done within the budget, but it is not a must. It has to keep up with todays games, doing good FPS with high settings.
4-6 gig ram, open to either option. I do not need more.

The Bonus!
If you can make a system from parts at micro center and include a 23"+ Monitor for under 1100 pre tax and I use your build, you can pick and chose any PC game or software for 50USD or under and I will either order it for you or pick it up when I go get my PC and ship it to ya!

Why am I openly asking for people to make me a build and offering 50 bucks due to being lazy on my end? Simple, all the research that I have done in the last 2-3 months while prepairing for a new rig was Intel based, I do not wish nor do I have the time to redo it all since I decided to go AMD.

And let the games begin. I will pick a system from the posted ones here by thursday, January 3rd and you will have your reward by the 10th!
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Do you need case+psu? kbd+mouse
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Something close to maxhudson's suggestion would do. Just...
-Get Samsung F3 1TB at Amazon for $55 shipped (click "12 new for $53.99" to see 55 shipped price)
M4A79XTD EVO is only $96.24, $81.24 AR at buy.com [better yet get it at Newegg in combo with 7 home premium, save $5]
-For the same price NZXT M59 is a better case (or for less price the Rosewill Destroyer just $40)
-1333Mhz RAM is never optimal for AMD overclocking despite latencies. They never overclock as well as 1600Mhz kits and don't perform as well due to poor RAM performance scaling below 1600Mhz. A quality inexpensive 1600Mhz kit is the Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 CL9 for $50, $40 AR - can do 8-8-8 in all situations and sometimes 7-8-7
-The Antec NEO ECO 520W would actually have more 12V amperage/wattage than BP 550+ (480W vs. just 424W - I've used BP 550+ in build suggestions so I've actually seen one and know it has 424W on 12V) for $55 (cheaper)
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Whole system guys. I sold my old machine a few weeks back.

Needs to be a full tower, mobo, cpu, gpu, psu, ram, everything + hopefully a monitor but I can do without if that extra 200 bucks pumped back into the system would make that big of a difference.

I have keyboard/mouse and a LCD Tv that I used for my old rig, but would like a dedicated monitor now as well.
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whatever you get, I'd suggest 2x HD 6850. For Dual cards under $400 you can have something that rivals an HD 5970.
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Keep in mind not all games have good CrossfireX support and that 2 6850s will consume much more power than 1 6950/6970.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Keep in mind not all games have good CrossfireX support and that 2 6850s will consume much more power than 1 6950/6970.
I just riged up a test build with the dual GPU's and a 1000W PSU, it comes to just a tad bit over 1100...

It seems that the PSU price jumps up by ~100 bucks with this and then also the dual GPU set up would run ~350... Let's say I go with a 300 GPU and a smaller PSU, thats 150 bucks that I would save and I don't see it making -that- big of a difference.
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You don't need a 1,000w PSU to handle 2 cards like the 6850 or 5770.
Something like this would work.
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