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Hey guys,

It has been about 6 yrs since my last build and I'm looking to get back into pc gaming with a new one. I have a budget of around $1k-1.5k.

This is what I have so far:

CPU: i5 2500k - $228

MOBO: Asus P8P67 pro $200

GPU: 1x EVGA GTX 570 sc (SLI when prices fall down more) $390

PSU: Corsair TX950w sli-certified $150

RAM: A-Data 4GB 1600 $45

CASE: HAF 922 $100

SSD: OCZ Agility 2 60GB $115

CPU cooler: Corsair H70 $110

HDD: WD 500GB Black - $60

total = $1398

I would like to cut this down as much as I can but not have a dramatic loss in performance. I looked for older model i7 cpus/motherboards but they are even more expensive than the sandy bridge ones (i7 950 & 875k). What do you guys think?
Edited by Rusty_Shackleford - 2/6/11 at 8:39pm
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Well the Ivy Bridge and Bulldozers are right around the corner, If its possible to wait to see how they play out I'd recommend that. If you plan on going dual GPU check out the 6970 vs 580 xfire/sli. You might be surprised with the results. You can buy a 2gb 6950 and unlock it to a 6970.
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If you was OK! for a 6 years it's not so long to wait for AMD Bulldozer .... it's very promising even if it's not that good... at least you can compare two newest systems Intel vs AMD, but now I would not build new Machine.
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A-Data 2000g Vortex 3 120Gb BR-LG BH10LS30 Corsair H100 Mod with 2 water tanks 
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Originally Posted by Vap0r87 View Post
Well the Ivy Bridge and Bulldozers are right around the corner, If its possible to wait to see how they play out I'd recommend that. If you plan on going dual GPU check out the 6970 vs 580 xfire/sli. You might be surprised with the results. You can buy a 2gb 6950 and unlock it to a 6970.
When are the Ivy Bridge/Bulldozer expected to be release, this quarter? and if so, are the prices expected to be affordable? I haven't done much research on the AMD side.
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Well its not good to base it off of previous releases however AMD has always seemed to offer amazing value for their performance. Nothing has been released that I know of as far as pricing, however I've heard April floating around as targeted release date.
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post #6 of 6
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Alright, thanks for the input, I don't mind holding off until the summer and seeing how things have developed.
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