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Upgrade time...

Unfortunately I have been so busy with work that I haven't kept up with technology. My E6700 Conroe just isn't cutting it anymore and it is time for a change. I have about a 2K budget give or take a little. I will need everything but a case (and anything else outside of the case). Here is what I have picked out so far.

i7 970
Asus Sabertooth x58
G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 (3 x 4GB)
EVGA 570 GTX 1280MB (I do play a little)
Corsair 850HX
WD VelociRaptor 600GB (I already have a secondary external drive, so 600GB is plenty)
LG BluRay combo drive (sata)
Cooler Master Hyper N 520

All of this going in to an existing Rocketfish (Lian Li) case.

I looked at getting a 240GB SSD for the system and selected applications, but the price is still just a bit too much. Perhaps later I will add one when the prices come down a bit.

I know there is a newer CPU out that has a LOT of buzz, but I don't know too much about it. I have a i7 950 in my work PC and I love it. So I was going with a known quantity there (and number of cores). Let me know if I should reconsider.

So there it is, let me know what you think. Thank you all in advance, I really appreciate the help.
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The new processors is just Intels second gen I series cpu. It called sandy bridge. Its faster, has a great feature called quick sync. Wont overclock quite as well as the first gen i7 but did I not mention its faster I would go for the sandy bridge. You will need a p67 motherboard if you do go with a sandy because its a diffrent socket than the x58.

Here is a review on the CPU with bench marks so you can get a good idea if its something you want.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083

Edit: get rid of the velociRaptor and get a Samsung spinpoint F1 1TB and save the rest for a SSD.
Samsung F1 is almost as fast and way cheaper imo.
Edited by Krymore - 3/29/11 at 9:31am
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Sandy Bridge Setup...

Intel Core i7-2600K
ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 TUF Edition Motherboard
EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD Video Card - 1280MB
Corsair CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9 Vengeance 12GB DDR3 RAM - PC12800
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB PC12800
Corsair HX850W 850w Modular Power Supply
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1 - 256GB
LG BH10LS30 Optical
* Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50

* I had to switch stores since Newegg was out of a few things. TigerDirect had decent enough prices, but selection on the CPU cooler was poor. I don't know much about the H50, but thumbing through a few reviews suggested it is fine for my needs.

These two builds are approximately the same cost, the Sandy Bridge setup is a little cheaper. What do you guys think?
Edited by BFRD - 3/29/11 at 2:51pm
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It has to be dual channel ram.
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Sandy bridge will OC far better than first gen i7 and with lower temps

And jaja speaks the truth, SB wont take tri-channel ram
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Oops that would have been bad, replaced with...

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance
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Originally Posted by BFRD View Post
Oops that would have been bad, replaced with...

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance
Much better, sandy bridge build looks good. The Cruical SSD is fast, nice choice. Everything looks good. I have the same processor and mobo.

Update: Might want to swap out the H50 for the H60 it cools much better and is also less noisey, from the reviews I read.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...onclusion.html
Edited by Krymore - 3/29/11 at 3:10pm
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Yep, the sandy looks good. Everything is great in that, but... My opinion on ssd's, is that they're really not that worth the money. I have the C300 256Gb, and I think it was a really huge waste of money that I could have spent else where. My boot time is like instant, but other than that, theres not much. A few programs will load up a faster, and it really is good if you're multitasking, but if you think to yourself, "Is a faster boot time, programs that load up a few seconds faster, and faster multitasking, really worth $500?" then you'll find the answer. I just think it's a big waste of money, and you should wait until prices come down to like $1/1Gb or less. Good luck with that build .
    
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post #9 of 19
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I am really on the fence about the SSD. A quick boot would be nice, but after sleeping on it I don't think it is worth it. After the initial setup I boot my computer about once a month. As far as wait time goes, easily the thing that takes the most time to load are my development projects. My SVN repo's are around 12GB. which would fit, but not really not a wise use of the SSD space. I think I could get a much better result with a good raid controller and a couple of raptors in raid 1. I need to order today, I will post what I decide.
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Maybe get a smaller 60GB or 120GB SSD and then get a few large mechanical drives.
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