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Best build for $1500

post #1 of 21
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Can you guys come up with the best cost effective build for around $1200 after tax and shipping? I already have a GTX 480, so the graphics card is set. It would be nice to get a hexacore and a SSD for the operating system only, and a good power supply. Thanks.
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Seagate 250gb 7200rpm Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.5" 1080p 
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post #2 of 21
Go sandy bridge, not hexacore. And grab a second 480. I'd build you an entire build but I'm on my way out the door!
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1TB stock HP + 60GB OCZ Solid 2 SSD Stock HP DVD-RW Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition Hp L2445m 24" 
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post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Is Sandy Bridge really that cost effective? The idea of hexacore for under $300 is pretty appealing. This computer will be used for mostly CAD stuff, so I don't think a second 480 is really needed. Plus, that would skyrocket the required PSU wattage to above 1000 watts.
Core 2 Quad Q8300
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Q8300 Asus P5N-D EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked 4 GB (2x2GB) G.Skill DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 250gb 7200rpm Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.5" 1080p 
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Logitech G15v2 RaidMax 630SS Modular NZXT Apollo Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0 
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Seagate 250gb 7200rpm Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.5" 1080p 
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post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bogie07 View Post
Is Sandy Bridge really that cost effective? The idea of hexacore for under $300 is pretty appealing. This computer will be used for mostly CAD stuff, so I don't think a second 480 is really needed. Plus, that would skyrocket the required PSU wattage to above 1000 watts.
Sandy Bridge is definitely cost effective, and you get great performance. A i7-2600k is almost on par overall with a 980x, which blows all AMD X6's out of the water. If its threads you are after, x6's will give you 6 REAL cores, which is nice, but the 2600K will give you 4 REAL cores with far superior architecture, but with hyperthreading you will have a total of 8 processing threads. Sandy bridge vs an x6 is faster even without hyperthreading.
    
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Intel Core i5-760 MSI P55M-GD41 ASUS GTX 460 768MB 4GB Patriot II Sector 5 1600Mhz 
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Intel Core i5-760 MSI P55M-GD41 ASUS GTX 460 768MB 4GB Patriot II Sector 5 1600Mhz 
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post #5 of 21
You wouldn't need a near 1000+ watt psu to run sli 480's. What do you need for the PC? Is it just a tower build for that much or does that include any peripherals? If it's just a tower, you could go Sandy i7 and get some decent sized SSD's.
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W7 Pro Acer 23 / Panasonic 720 Logitech Corsair 750tx 
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TJ-08e Logitech 
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TJ-08e Logitech 
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i5 750 3.74GHz @ 1.27V EVGA P55 LE EVGA GTX560Ti @ 950/1900/2400 6GB Samsung 1333 
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1TB stock HP + 60GB OCZ Solid 2 SSD Stock HP DVD-RW Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition Hp L2445m 24" 
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i5 750 3.74GHz @ 1.27V EVGA P55 LE EVGA GTX560Ti @ 950/1900/2400 6GB Samsung 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB stock HP + 60GB OCZ Solid 2 SSD Stock HP DVD-RW Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition Hp L2445m 24" 
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post #7 of 21
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=287 Also, benchmarks for you to look at.
    
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Intel Core i5-760 MSI P55M-GD41 ASUS GTX 460 768MB 4GB Patriot II Sector 5 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Hanns G HG216D Razer Lycosa [HP Rebrand] 
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Vertex 2 SSD DVD-RW Windows 7 X64 Dell U2410 & Apple Cinema 23" 
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Vertex 2 SSD DVD-RW Windows 7 X64 Dell U2410 & Apple Cinema 23" 
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post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Just the tower. The ssd doesn't need to be huge, just for the os because it will be storing cad and programming stuff on a hdd. Any mobo suggestions?
Core 2 Quad Q8300
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q8300 Asus P5N-D EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked 4 GB (2x2GB) G.Skill DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 250gb 7200rpm Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.5" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15v2 RaidMax 630SS Modular NZXT Apollo Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0 
Mouse Pad
Airforce F-22 
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Core 2 Quad Q8300
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q8300 Asus P5N-D EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked 4 GB (2x2GB) G.Skill DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 250gb 7200rpm Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.5" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15v2 RaidMax 630SS Modular NZXT Apollo Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0 
Mouse Pad
Airforce F-22 
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post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Oh wow. How much wattage is needed for two 480's?
Core 2 Quad Q8300
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q8300 Asus P5N-D EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked 4 GB (2x2GB) G.Skill DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 250gb 7200rpm Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.5" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15v2 RaidMax 630SS Modular NZXT Apollo Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0 
Mouse Pad
Airforce F-22 
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Core 2 Quad Q8300
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q8300 Asus P5N-D EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked 4 GB (2x2GB) G.Skill DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 250gb 7200rpm Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.5" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15v2 RaidMax 630SS Modular NZXT Apollo Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0 
Mouse Pad
Airforce F-22 
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