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I'm stuck between making some much desired modifications to my magnum or getting a much needed upgrade to my PC once tax returns roll around. While I don't trust you lot on the car stuff, I wouldn't dare second guess your build advice.

I'm heavy on photoshop and illustrator, I have a handful of games that I play (not crysis or anything) which Id appreciate better graphics on, I already know I am switching up to Windows 7.

With $800, I need the following.. and assume I overclock nothing.
-Mobo
-RAM
-CPU
-GPU

And after all is built, I want to feel the difference.
My reputation giving finger awaits.
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post #2 of 34
If your car is working fine, go for the rig!
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Cpu- intel core i5 2500k
Mobo- asus p67 sabertooth/asus p8p67 evo
Ram- 2x4gb corsair vengeance/mushkin redline/gskill ripjaws-x 1600mhz
Gpu- msi/sapphire/asus hd6950 2gb
If u get this setup,u'll notice huge performence increase.
Hope u like the setup.
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Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 $135
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x4GB 1333MHz $194
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $220, or $180+tax if you have a Microcenter near you
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 2GB $255

It comes out to $804. If you have a Microcenter local to you, knock another $40 off for the CPU. In this price range, I definitely think you can make a nice Sandy Bridge setup, which will give you the highest CPU speeds without an overclock. I think the 16GB RAM and the 2GB VRAM will be helpful since you use your computer heavily for Photoshop and Illustrator.

I suggested the i5 2500K over the i5 2500 because I don't think it's worth it to skimp the $10 on the CPU to go with the non-"K" variant. The "K" variant has an unlocked multiplier, and that's the only practical means of overclocking a Sandy Bridge which could come in handy later if you should decide to OC it. Also, the 2500K will probably sell for more and sell more quickly than a 2500 if you ever decide to part it out. To me, it's worth it to pay the $10 difference for the 2500K, but if you're sure that you're never going to OC or sell it, then you could save $10 by going with the 2500 instead.

Another way you could shave down costs is by going with:
GPU: Sparkle GTX460 2GB $215

Hope that helps.

EDIT: I see you're in BC, so Microcenter is probably out. Links and prices have been updated for www.newegg.ca prices and availability.
Edited by dkim1359 - 3/18/11 at 7:53am
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Sandy Bridge is really going to let you feel the difference, and you should check out your ram usage before the upgrade to see how much you currently use, ie whether you can get by with 8gigs or if you want to go up to 16. Then you can be more specific on money left for things like a cheap boot SSD or different model/level of GPU.
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Why not make a car-puter?

I love cars, I love computers. Why not put them together?

Good luck either way!
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Originally Posted by Ducky View Post


I'm stuck between making some much desired modifications to my magnum or getting a much needed upgrade to my PC once tax returns roll around. While I don't trust you lot on the car stuff, I wouldn't dare second guess your build advice.

I'm heavy on photoshop and illustrator, I have a handful of games that I play (not crysis or anything) which Id appreciate better graphics on, I already know I am switching up to Windows 7.

With $800, I need the following.. and assume I overclock nothing.
-Mobo
-RAM
-CPU
-GPU

And after all is built, I want to feel the difference.
My reputation giving finger awaits.

Well atleast one of us could "overclock" that Magnum and build you a sweet rig.The stock exhaust is a good starting point for the Magnum,along with better breathing intake(K&N filter,modded intake).That's assuming you want more performance or better gas mileage.
For your PC-photoshop loves RAM.So a SB CPU,16GB RAM and...

a SSD of course.Ok-so I cheated a bit,total before shipping/tax is $809 after the -$60 w promo code EMCKGJE72 for the RAM
If you can't swing the extra dough,then go with a cheaper mobo.
Edited by Redwoodz - 3/18/11 at 12:03pm
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Thanks so far guys, seems everyone is more or less in agreement on the 2500k, as well as a strong following for the ripjaw ram. I would go for 16gb, can't say how much I'm using at the moment but I sure as hell know I sit on the 3.25gb cap a good deal of the time.
As for GPU's, I'm somewhat partial to Nvidia.. Maybe I just like the green?
Mobo never really matters to me much, so long as it's quality and works.

With regards to my car, I'm waiting on some of the higher models to upgrade their exhaust, CAI has already been taken care of too. I'd be going for a new grill, another set of 18"s powdercoated black, some custom LED work in the lights, lots of interior touches.. for the most part on the cheap but hot damn is car stuff ever expensive.
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Modify the car, forget the computer (If your current computer is doing you good then there is not a need for something new besides the car is more worth it(you can't drive the computer to work)

Why did I say car over computer? Well, I'm a car guy for one =], Get yourself a new set of Rims with tires =] this will bling out the computer_ Grab some new rims/tires or get yourself a nice K&N Typhoon air intake system or get yourself a nice Catback exhaust system for more power.

A computer and a car is a fixed asset(according to my accounting class lol) The car is just more valuable(Worth more)
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