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My sig rig has been sickly for a while and finally died on me. Most likely a mobo issue, but it's all moot since I've decided to give my comp a much needed update rather than fixing it.

I don't play pc games anymore and don't really use my pc for anything other than watching videos. I occasionally play some TF2 or something and my display is 1080p, so I'll need something better than integrated video, but graphics power isn't a priority. I also don't overclock, so I have no need for OC friendly equipment.

I can salvage a good bit from my old comp (PSU, sound card, hdds, dvd drives, case, fans) so what I need is CPU, mobo, RAM, GPU, cpu heatsink (silent), gpu heatsink (silent). Budget is around $600, but I'd go as high as $1k if it were worth it. Any suggestions?
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I'd suggest a mid end phenom build. They are awesome for a gaming system if you're not going for overclock records or benchmarking all the time. I think a 955 processor, ASUS M4A89GTD Pro mobo, hd5770 or gtx450 vid card with some decent mushkin or gskill ram and a nice noctua heatsink for the silent factor.
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I'd suggest a mid end phenom build. They are awesome for a gaming system if you're not going for overclock records or benchmarking all the time. I think a 955 processor, ASUS M4A89GTD Pro mobo, hd5770 or gtx450 vid card with some decent mushkin or gskill ram and a nice noctua heatsink for the silent factor.
I would agree with all stated except for the GPU. The GTX460 is way more worthit than the 5770 or a 450, for just 30 bucks more. Sandy bridge isn't too expensive as well, get a 2500k, a cheap P67 mobo and a 460. Noctua heatsinks aren't too bad as well, but I prefer Thermalright or Xigmatek (Noctuas are rare here in Hong Kong)
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I would go Sandy Bridge if you're willing to spend up to a thousand. If for $600, I would probably do like a i5-2500k + mobo + ram + GTX 460.
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I would agree with all stated except for the GPU. The GTX460 is way more worthit than the 5770 or a 450, for just 30 bucks more. Sandy bridge isn't too expensive as well, get a 2500k, a cheap P67 mobo and a 460. Noctua heatsinks aren't too bad as well, but I prefer Thermalright or Xigmatek (Noctuas are rare here in Hong Kong)
You can probably order it from one of the computer malls in Hong Kong. That's how I got all my nice computer cases because I didn't like the plastic ATX cases you see everywhere. Most of the stores have some sort of connection to get stuff from the US.
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I don't get why people are recommending Sandy Bridge parts. You can't even buy them because of the Intel P67 Chipset recall. It's either 1156 or AM3 for an upgrade. If you want Sandy Bridge you will have to wait till the end of February or March because there is a massive recall on 1155 motherboards.
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post #7 of 8
Personally, I'd go for the i5 (sandy bridge optional tho that means waiting a bit) and the GTX460 or GTX560ti. For the cooler, either Megahelams or Ven-X since all that cooling power will let you put some really quiet fans on it.
Pop in some nice Gskill ripjaws, and pop it all on a nice motherboard and you're dandy. The 460s have plenty of grunt without getting loud at all, I can only hear mine when it's really working hard.
Even as an AMD fan, it's hard to recommend going with AMD right now, with Bulldozer not yet out, and the current chips aren't really a match for Intel's kit right now.
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Hey guys, thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll go with an i5/gtx460. I'm partial to intel, but have no desire to wait for sandy bridge. I just have a couple more questions

Any suggestions on an i5 model? With some sandy bridge i5's out there I don't want to get something defective. To go along with it, any mobo suggestions? A fair number of SATA slots would be nice - otherwise I'm not picky.
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