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Just yesterday, my desktop decided to take a crap on me. My motherboard and/or CPU died. And since it was an old system (AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+) I just decided to build a completely new one and give the remaining parts to my younger brother. I will be mainly using this rig for audio/video editing and mixing, gaming, as well as normal school usage (with some programming and CAD tied into it). I need:

CPU
Motherboard
Thermal Paste
Memory (I want to run at least 8GB but preferably more)
Graphics Card (Will probably keep 4870x2)
Power Supply Unit (Will probably keep CM Real Power Pro 1.25kW)
Chassis

EDIT: Forgot to add my budget. I can spend around $450 for CPU, mobo, thermal paste, and ram. For chassis I do not want to spend more that $100.

My main concern is should I go for Nehalem, Sandy Bridge, or wait for either Bulldozer or Ivy Bridge?

Thanks!
Edited by Aznboy1993 - 3/10/11 at 2:56pm
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What's your budget?
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I'd say that since your computer died now, you might as well get sandy bridge now. If you were still rocking a computer it might make sense to wait for Ivy, but...

So right now really the best bang for the buck is probably Sandy K series processors, they are 2nd gen, 32nm, overclock like beasts.

If you do video processing that can benefit from 8 threads then I can say that a 2600k might stand you well, if you don't need 8 threads a 2500k will do just fine and save you ~$100. And lest we forget if you're really itching for 22nm, the 22nm chips will run on your Sandy Bridge boards, so if you wanted you could sell off your SB for IB come the time.

So I'd grab a:

2500k/2600k

Any good P67 B3 revision mobo, depending on your peripherals. The Asus sabertooth looks sweet, though it clocks in a > $220. Can easily get something like P8P67 and walk away happy. A lot of it comes down to what drives and vid cards and stuff you plan to run.

Ram, will hear lots of suggestions here, but honestly theres been little evidence to show that RAM is limiting much of anything these days. Grab some ripjaws or something and you'll be more than fine without knocking your head over what to get.

Graphics depends on your budget and eyecandy needs. Some people are just fine with a GTX460 weighing in at < $150, some people require GTX580s weighing in at > $500. And whether or not you wanna CF/SLI will also loop back to which mobo to grab (a number of very respectable boards lack a dual GPU option). Need more budgetary sense before recommending something. But more or less you get what you pay for.

PSU, well, again depends on what you build. I'd say a nice seasonic x650 should do you for most anything and provide you with deliciously clean power to protect your editing rigs stability.

Chasis, well, again subjective. I love my CM II 690 Advanced, but it might be a bit cramped for someone with lots of peripherals, how much you gonna be cramming in there?
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i would check out microcenter for some great deals on the sandy bridge lines. They tend to have cpu/mobo combo's going weekly if not for the entire month, and it would shave some cash out of that part of your project and you can reinvest it in things like storage, GPUs, peripherals, etc. as far as CPU choice, the new i7 2600k seems to be the new golden boy of the cpu world BUT a mobo, new ram, and a cpu might push you above 450.
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I say go with the Sabertooth (personal preference aside) - I read two reviews that showed lower cpu temps because of the "tactical vest". It may have only been 5c, but when you're OC'ing, 5c can be huge (and people will pay a lot more than $20 for a 5c temp drop). Here's one of the reviews :
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages..._review,6.html
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