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The i5 2500k is miles better than any AMD x4, not to say that the latter is a bad processor, but it is rather old and approaching the end of its lifecycle.

For $700, you can get:


CPU: Intel i5 2500k: $225
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3: $115
RAM: Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48
GPU: HS Radeon HD 5850: $145
DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223C DVD+RW Drive: $20
Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower: $30
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W: $60
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler: $35

Total: $678

This is truly the best bang for your buck.

Great deal on the GPU, but the system is very unbalanced IMO. You have a 2500K but have no upgradability because of the motherboard and PSU. The case is just bleh, too. Also, as have been discuessed, you can get a better price on the Hyper 212+ at Amazon. You can also get a Scythe Mugen 2 on Newegg for $40, and that's a much better cooler (though it's bigger and more complex to install). If OP wants to save, he'd be better off going with the config. I made and going with the 5850 instead of the 6870.
    
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Great deal on the GPU, but the system is very unbalanced IMO. You have a 2500K but have no upgradability because of the motherboard and PSU. The case is just bleh, too. Also, as have been discuessed, you can get a better price on the Hyper 212+ at Amazon. You can also get a Scythe Mugen 2 on Newegg for $40, and that's a much better cooler (though it's bigger and more complex to install). If OP wants to save, he'd be better off going with the config. I made and going with the 5850 instead of the 6870.
I edited mine to add the 650W to allow for future upgradeability. The motherboard CAN support 2 way crossfire... so that isn't a limitation.

Cases are overrated. When you're on a tight budget... just buy a box. That's what I would do.
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post #23 of 81
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The i5 2500k is miles better than any AMD x4, not to say that the latter is a bad processor, but it is rather old and approaching the end of its lifecycle. Also important to note, the i5 2500k has the best price/performance than any decent processor.

As for the GPU, the 5850 is nearly as good as the 6870, and $65 cheaper, making it easily one of the best GPU deals on the market.


CPU: Intel i5 2500k: $225
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3: $115
RAM: Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48
GPU: HS Radeon HD 5850: $145
DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223C DVD+RW Drive: $20
Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower: $30
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W: $60
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler: $35

Total: $678

This is truly the best bang for your buck.
^Hard to argue with this^ just a few tweaks though
Swap the RAM out with this kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231430
1600Mhz RipjawsX 1.5v CL7 2x2GB $49.99 w/promo EMCKFHH48
Change the case to something with more cooling
I love this new Zalman Z9,great cable management,excellent quality too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811235027
For your heatsink you can't go wrong with Xigmatek's Gaia
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233082
Mounting is easy,very solid design and performance for $29
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Might I suggest a board for the AM3 platform: ASRock 890GX Pro3 (890GX, 8x-8x CrossfireX, AM3+ socket for BD expandability)
About the same price as an M4A79XTD EVO
post #25 of 81
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Originally Posted by born2bwild View Post
I edited mine to add the 650W to allow for future upgradeability. The motherboard CAN support 2 way crossfire... so that isn't a limitation.

Cases are overrated. When you're on a tight budget... just buy a box. That's what I would do.
I'm not really gonna call 16X/4X true CrossFire. With 8x you get less than 1% performance deficit compared to 16X at even 2560x1600, but with 4x we're looking at a 10% deficit. I think that's a deal breaker.

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^Hard to argue with this^ just a few tweaks though
Swap the RAM out with this kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231430
1600Mhz RipjawsX 1.5v CL7 2x2GB $49.99 w/promo EMCKFHH48
Change the case to something with more cooling
I love this new Zalman Z9,great cable management,excellent quality too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811235027
For your heatsink you can't go wrong with Xigmatek's Gaia
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233082
Mounting is easy,very solid design and performance for $29
RAM is great, but xd also posted that deal some minutes ago. As for the case, the Lian LI PC-K58W I posted is better IMO. The Xigmatek Gaia performs very similarly to the Hyper 212+ and you can get the 212+ for $27 on Amazon, as suggested by xd again.

You'll have to cheap out on some components if you want Sandy Bridge with a very good GPU at $700. For example, born2bewild had to post a pretty horrible case in order to fit the budget. If you want a very good case, you'll have to go $40 over budget. If you can go up to $750, go Sandy Bridge. Any lower, go Deneb.
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Might I suggest a board for the AM3 platform: ASRock 890GX Pro3 (890GX, 8x-8x CrossfireX, AM3+ socket for BD expandability)
About the same price as an M4A79XTD EVO
OoS Great deal, though.
    
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I'm not really gonna call 16X/4X true CrossFire. With 8x you get less than 1% performance deficit compared to 16X at even 2560x1600, but with 4x we're looking at a 10% deficit. I think that's a deal breaker.



RAM is great, but xd also posted that deal some minutes ago. As for the case, the Lian LI PC-K58W I posted is better IMO. The Xigmatek Gaia performs very similarly to the Hyper 212+ and you can get the 212+ for $27 on Amazon, as suggested by xd again.

You'll have to cheap out on some components if you want Sandy Bridge with a very good GPU at $700. For example, born2bewild had to post a pretty horrible case in order to fit the budget. If you want a very good case, you'll have to go $40 over budget. If you can go up to $750, go Sandy Bridge. Any lower, go Deneb.

I'm sorry but the Lian Li only comes with 2 fans vs 4 on the Zalman,the Zalman comes with a fan controller and a 8 pin CPU extension.And I do claim the quality is equal to or better than the steel Lian Li's.Plus it is completely painted with high quality finish.
The Gaia performs better than the Hyper,and the size and construction is perfect,the fan mounting system is great.

I would rec. this build,due to Bulldozer support and AMD's socket compatibility

Edited by Redwoodz - 4/22/11 at 10:41am
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why would you get a 1090t for a gaming rig? games are only starting to use 4 core now.

and a 5670 is not powerful enough
Future proof perhaps? it's not much more to get a 6 core.
    
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Future proof perhaps? it's not much more to get a 6 core.
It's a complete waste of money. You can get a 2500K setup that will be faster in everything for the same price. If we're talking Phenom II X4 vs Sandy Bridge on a budget, then I'd go for a Phenom since the price will be much lower.
    
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It's a complete waste of money. You can get a 2500K setup that will be faster in everything for the same price. If we're talking Phenom II X4 vs Sandy Bridge on a budget, then I'd go for a Phenom since the price will be much lower.
You'll get no argument from me. Them there sandy britches chips are beastly

But I'm a die hard AMD fanboy
    
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