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August 2, 2010 1:26:41 AM

Heres what i have now. Antec Sonata case,Intel Duo E6750, 2.66 Ghz with a Gigabyte P35-DS3L MB,2GB Corsair RAM, 200 GB HD, Thermaltake 700W PS, 8800GT Video card.
I also use Verizon DSL which isn't the greatest but its good enough at least for now. I run mostly racing and flight sims, my favorites at the moment are iRacing and Over Flanders Fields.iRacing runs great with 150 -270 FPS, OFF on the other hand just makes it with around 50-60 FPS. This is running at 1680x1050 on a 22"Samsung T220, which is perfect for my setup anyways.
I would like to use the case or something similar and power supply, and I'm also looking at the GTX 460 1GB video card. Also I would like to switch over to Windows 7 64Bit. Heres where it gets interesting :D o I go with an LGA1156 or a LGA1366 Motherboard? I would prefer Intel, even though I realize the AMD route is a little cheaper.
I really want to learn the ins and outs of PC's, but at the same time I really need a PC I can count on all the time.
The Gigabyte and Asus MB's seem to be the way to go as far as reliability, but Asrock seems a possibility as well.
The I5-750 seems to be a good compromise as far as performance and price, but the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R seems a great buy, but that won't take the I5-750, and I have to spend almost $100 more for say a I7-920 or 930.
So there you have it and any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated as well as any books or sites you might suggest I read to build it.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this month

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using-Thermaltake 700W or could be replaced as well.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use a Gigabyte or Asus MB and Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

Bruce

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August 2, 2010 1:40:40 AM
August 2, 2010 1:28:42 PM

I still would prefer to go with Intel CPU and MB, but most of the other choices seem good. Still not sure about switching to a new case, I may just keep the one I have and keep the Power supply as well. I must say though since I'm trying to save a few bucks that AMD sure is tempting !
Any other suggestions?
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August 2, 2010 1:31:09 PM

you will notice no decrease in performance if u go amd and it will be much more future proof.
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August 3, 2010 6:16:03 PM

3 responses and I'm done already? The AMD does seem more future proof, but a little more info would be better also. As I asked in the first thread, are there any good books to use or read that would help a 1st time builder ? Or any threads that would help with a 1st build ?.
Also how about the Antec Proto case at newEgg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also that MSI MB looks like it has had issues before, any suggestions that are similar from Asus or Gigabyte?
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August 3, 2010 6:26:22 PM

At the sticky, there are links to building a computer: sticky

And here's the link directly to the step-by-step: step-by-step

I'm sure there are also YouTube videos of how to build a computer, and articles abound online, if you just google it.
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August 4, 2010 4:17:10 PM

Does no one use books for references? I realize its hard to keep up with the changing technology, but I wanted to learn a little more about what actually goes on inside a PC.
Any other MB's that you might suggest also?And How about that Antec proto case as well?
Just trying to get as much info as I can !
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August 4, 2010 4:22:42 PM

If you insist on a book, just go to a book store and flip through some books in the computer section, and see if any are to your liking.

But no, I think most people just rely on friendly forums, like Toms, and on just searching the web. There is a lot of information, and a lot of the people that help other with this will just post tutorials online.
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August 4, 2010 4:26:32 PM

there are only 4 mobo's that can sli for an amd platform and the one i recommended for u is hihgquality and a great ocer

also the antec sonata is designed for office and home pc's that don't game because it doesn't have great airflow and anly 1 low noise fan so if u put your components in it they will get hot.
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August 6, 2010 1:03:31 AM

If I don't plan on SLI (since I plan on only using 1 GTX460) would that open up a few more MB's? Also Do you need to use a cooler as well, or is the stock one ok? If I can't use the Sonata(which I like because its quiet) would the Antec 300 fill the bill instead? the reason I like the Sonata is its quiet and theres no upper fan, which just happens to be where I have my router.
The MSI MB looks good, I just like to have a few more options. I also like great sound which is why I am running an X-Fi sound card. Is the onboard sound just as good as the X-Fi. I heard the Realtek ALC889 audio chipset was good, but how does it compare to the X-Fi Soundcard ?
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