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I moving over to a Sandy Bridge system since my sig rig's motherboard decided to take nosedive and die.

I've come up with a list of components that will be replacing my sig rig.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 (waiting for release)
RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB)
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W
HSF: Thermalright Silver Arrow

I've been out of the loop for a while, so I figured it couldn't hurt to ask for a second opinion or three.

Last I remember the big dog in CPU cooling was the Tuniq Tower, but now I have no idea who's alpha; any suggestions would be welcome here.

For now, I'll be reusing the HD3870 in the sig rig, and I am thinking about moving over to the HD7000 series that are reportedly coming out in the middle of 2011. Thoughts on this? Has nVidia overtaken ATI lately?

Any other parts that I didn't mention will be coming from the sig rig.

Since the CPU and RAM of my former-to-be sig rig are fine, I'm also getting another LGA775 mobo so I can use it as a file server or backup rig or anything else.

Gigabyte GA-P43T-ES3G

Any suggestions are welcome, though I'd like to keep the cost under 800.00$ CAD (before taxes and shipping).

Thank you.
Edited by shadowmelder - 3/6/11 at 11:52am
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Get a K edition processor so you can overclock. No point in getting a regular. If you're adamant about not overclocking, then don't get a P67 motherboard either, just get an H67. You also will probably not need 8gb of ram, and don't buy ripjaws X just because it says it's "Sandy Bridge ready!" that's just a marketing strategy. Any ddr3 ram is sandy bridge ready there's nothing special about it. You also probably won't need a psu over 500w, especially w/ that gpu. Also, the 2400's built in graphics processor (only usable w/ H67) is better than your GPU.
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military specs is just BS... if you want, look for solid capacitors
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Get a K edition processor so you can overclock. No point in getting a regular.
Wow, just looked this up: a multiplier unlocked CPU for under 250$, that's incredible, will definitely be springing for that.

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If you're adamant about not overclocking, then don't get a P67 motherboard either, just get an H67.
I'll be pushing that chip, so the P67 will stay.

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You also will probably not need 8gb of ram, and don't buy ripjaws X just because it says it's "Sandy Bridge ready!" that's just a marketing strategy. Any ddr3 ram is sandy bridge ready there's nothing special about it.
OK, I can drop it down to 4GB but I'm not sure if you're simply recommending not to go with memory that is advertising "Sandy Bridge ready" or to avoid the Ripjaws series in general.

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You also probably won't need a psu over 500w, especially w/ that gpu.
Gotcha, I'll go lower.

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Also, the 2400's built in graphics processor (only usable w/ H67) is better than your GPU.
Good lord, I'd never would have imagined a GPU onboard a CPU would ever beat a standalone card. Does this mean the discrete GPU are soon to be extinct? Or is it just my old card that can't keep up in this brave new world?

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military specs is just BS... if you want, look for solid capacitors
The issue I'm having right now is that there aren't alot of LGA1155 motherboard that have been re-released, and I was hoping to get an order out on Monday. I will keep an eye out if any solid capacitor LGA1155 motherboard comes out though.
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u dont need Sandybridge ready ram. A lot of people take QVL lists over the top. Most ddr3 is compatible. I've used ram rated for 1.9v on my build ( voltages lowered of course ). My sig's ram isnt even rated for SB.

there's no reason to spend 105 bucks on that ram. it's what? 1333mhz and rated with those timings. it's not that hard to get a cheap stick of ram and drop timings like that.

i'd wait until more mobos are released.

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Go for the 2500k, worth the extra money.
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Also, the 2400's built in graphics processor (only usable w/ H67) is better than your GPU.
This is false. The 3870 is very close to a gt 240 and not far under a 5670. Both will smash the igpu. Not sure what your basing that off.
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u dont need Sandybridge ready ram. A lot of people take QVL lists over the top. Most ddr3 is compatible. I've used ram rated for 1.9v on my build ( voltages lowered of course ). My sig's ram isnt even rated for SB.

there's no reason to spend 105 bucks on that ram. it's what? 1333mhz and rated with those timings. it's not that hard to get a cheap stick of ram and drop timings like that.

i'd wait until more mobos are released.

can u get your psu used or something?
I changed the PSU for one with 500W and about 35$ less; chose cheaper ram, as well.

As for waiting for other mobo's... I'll try, but for the last few weeks I've been using a laptop with ye olde P4 that struggles to run more than a few tabs on FF or Chrome at a time. I'm technologically spoiled, I can't take this!

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Go for the 2500k, worth the extra money.
Changed it, updated list in original post.

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This is false. The 3870 is very close to a gt 240 and not far under a 5670. Both will smash the igpu. Not sure what your basing that off.
Interesting to note, though from what I understand, without an H67 this point is moot for me.
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Yes the point is moot as you can't use the IGP with P67. The top air cooler is the Noctua NH-D14, or maybe the Thermalright Silver Arrow. Not sure which is the absolute best but both are amazing, albeit huge.
 
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I've added the Thermalright Silver Arrow for my HSF, and I've decided to hold off on the purchase until the GA-P67A-UD5 is available. Thanks for all your advice. Anything else will still be considered, however.
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