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post #1 of 10
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I've been out out of the computer field for awhile and am looking to build a new rig. I will end up watercooling it, and OC'ing the hell out of it. Mainly it will be used for gaming. If anyone could help me out on some parts and AMD v. Intel would be great!

Thanks,
Nicholas
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post #2 of 10
well I would recommend intel over amd right now. The new intel sandybridge cpus outperform amd processors by a significant margin. I would get an i5-2500k processor. It is great for gaming and can be overclocked to 4.5-4.8GHz on air or more on water. For your price range, I would also recommend a gtx570/hd6970 gpu (depending on whether you prefer nvidia or intel, both perform comparably well and can play modern games on max settings).
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post #3 of 10
Personally I would wait around until AMD brings out their new bulldozer chips.

However you could probably reach 5ghz on a water cooled i7 2600k.

If you go with that I would recommend the Asus P67 motherboards because of the new bios which supports 3+ tb hard drives (UEFI or something, the one with a ui and mouse support)

Edit: with that budget it's pretty much a no brainier to go with Intel and a 2600k, then maybe a GTX580 or an HD6970. Sorry I would make a build for you but I have a lot of homework to do.
Edited by james_ant - 3/24/11 at 8:26pm
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post #4 of 10
I wouldn't go for sandy right now. You can only run 2 gpu's at x8 x8 (correct me if I'm wrong). I would go amd/wait for ivy bridge/wait for bulldozer.
    
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Willanhanyard View Post
I wouldn't go for sandy right now. You can only run 2 gpu's at x8 x8 (correct me if I'm wrong). I would go amd/wait for ivy bridge/wait for bulldozer.
The performance loss when using video cards in x8 x8 is only noticeable in benchmarking and only about a 5% loss. If your not hardcore into overclocking or benchmarking for the highest score possible, then there is no reason not to sli or crossfire in an x8 x8 configuration.
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The performance loss when using video cards in x8 x8 is only noticeable in benchmarking and only about a 5% loss. If your not hardcore into overclocking or benchmarking for the highest score possible, then there is no reason not to sli or crossfire in an x8 x8 configuration.
This.

Plus, any "K" series sandy bridge beats every AMD chip out right now; clock for clock and in GFlops. Especially when overclocked
    
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post #7 of 10
Hey with that budget, you can definitely go 2600K.

My friend just ordered his a few hours ago.. he decided to build a new computer just yesterday hahaha. For comparison he decided to spend ~1250 without screen keyboard or mouse.

Heres what I equipped him with:

Antec Lanboy $180

i7-2600K from microcenter $280

Combo Deal MSI GTX 560Ti Twin Frozr and 8GB Kingston HyperX $335

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 $135

Noctua's NH-U12P $70

Corsair TX750 $90 after rebate ... hoping 750 will be enough..

500gig WD Caviar Blu $40

and a cheap DVD Burner $20

Like I said, this is my friend's future build for comparison.. but I'd suggest a higher end motherboard. Im not the biggest expert on water cooling so you'll have to split up your budged for waterblocks, rads, etc..

AMD should be coming out with bulldozer or something, but no word from them in a while.. and the second gen i7 P67 platform is a real big hit.

Good luck on your build, Nicholas!
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post #8 of 10
That's a nice budget to work with!

2500K + Corsair AX750

GA-P67A-UD3-B3 + 8GB DDR3 1600

MSI GTX 570
$40 off w/ promo code VGAUYK125, ends 3/27
Optional $10 Mail-in-Rebate

128GB C300 System Drive

1TB F3 Spinpoint Storage Drive

NZXT Phantom Full Tower
$20 off w/ promo code EMCKGHF35, ends 3/30

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Grand Total Shipped after combo and promo discounts: $1,375.92

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post #9 of 10
What the hell in Australia the cheapest i7 2600k is 380 and I bought mine for 400.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Willanhanyard View Post
I wouldn't go for sandy right now. You can only run 2 gpu's at x8 x8 (correct me if I'm wrong). I would go amd/wait for ivy bridge/wait for bulldozer.
You are correct that it will only run x8/x8, however the performance difference in this generation of single GPUs when you compare x16/x16 to x8/x8 is so negligible that it doesn't matter.

I would also like to bring up the point that Sandy Bridge processors control the PCI-E lanes. On other platforms the NB typically handles the lanes. I haven't done research, but I would assume Sandy Bridge based systems have lower latency in communicating with the GPUs, making even less difference. My point is x8/x8 is fine, and on Sandy Bridge it's probably faster than on previous platforms. Pair that with the fact SB is awesome, 32 nm, and overclocks a ton, and you have a winning platform.
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