What motherboard / cpu to get?

Current PC Config:
MSI NF750-G55 AMD AM3 Socket 3gb/s Motherboard
AMD 3.1GHz Dual Core Black Edition CPU
G Skill DDR3 1333 4GB memory
EVGA GTX-460 256bit 1gb ddr5 superclocked pci-e video card
Seagate 460GB SATA 3gb/s Hard Drive
Antec 650watt Power Supply
7 year old Antec Mid Tower Case
Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit Edition

I am currently working on upgrading this pc piece by piece and would like to get some feed back. Primary use is to be a high performace game platform! I use my pc for photo editing and MS office. There seems to be trade offs and and issue regarding the AMD motherboards saying 32gb max memory with 4 memory slots. The AMD boards have six 6gb/s SATA ports . While the Intel mother boards have two 6gb/s SATA ports and 6 3gb/s SATA ports. The AMD boards have 4 memory, dual channel slots and the Intel have six memory, tripple channel memory. At least with the Intel boards I can use widely available and affordable 4gb sticks to get the 24gb of memory. If I go with an AMD AM3+ socket I can upgrade later to an AMD 8 core and if I go Intel i7 1366 socket then I have no idea if I will be able to drop an Intel 8 core later on? And that is if Intel doesn't end up only offering the 8 core as a very exspensive enthusist cpu?

Current Parts Purchased:
2nd EVGA GTX-460 256bit 1gb ddr5 superclocked pci-e video card
Cooler Master 1200 Watt 80 Plus Gold Power Supply
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower

Considering Corsair Dominator DDR3 1333 memory: Ether 16GB or 24GB depending on motherboard
Depending on CPU: Ether Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler or EVGA CPU Cooler
two 6gb/s 64mb cache 7200rpm SATA Hard Drives + possible SATA III SSD 128GB HD for running games ?
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  1. My Vote = None of the Above.

    Gaming:
    $219 CPU Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    $249 MOBO: GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128492
    2 Kits for 16GB:
    $79 RAM: F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
    $79 RAM: F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
    $230 SSD OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    $60 HDD SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    HSF Options; I like the Thermaltake Frio:
    $26 CORSAIR CAFA70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    $58 Thermaltake Frio - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150
    $70 Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B {push/pull} - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001

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    A 1200W PSU is way overkill so if you can exchange it then I would. Gaming the i5 2500K is by far your best bet; hyper-threading does nothing to improve you frame rate. The GTX 460 is NOT in keeping for many games at high settings and 'HD' resolutions. IMO - again if you can exchange it for a GTX 560Ti or GTX 570~580 you would be much happier.

    Don't confuse an Interface '6.0 Gbps' with actual speed of your HDD; at best it is 120~140 MB/s or in other words 1/2 SATA2 speeds of 300 MB/s {290~295 MB/s real limits}. RAM >8GB offers no advantages, but RAM is cheap so get what you want. The Sandy Bridge 'sweet spot' for gaming is DDR3 1600 CAS 8/9.
  2. I realize the PSU may be overkill for now but I do not want to buy another PSU down the road when I get around to upgrading the video cards and adding more HD's and dual optical drives. I also wanted to factor in headroom into the equation and feel that the PSU putting out more than I need is a good thing. I have to build this PC on a budget which is something I should have mentioned above. I am basically buying one thing per free paycheck and am only working part time so for this upgrade to not take longer than it needs to I am making consessions and trying to get the absolute best bang for the buck.

    I am sure I would love the GTX 560Ti or GTX 570~580 video cards and I would be happier with them. I allready had the EVGA GTX 460 superclocked and can not return it, have had it to long. So it seemed more ecconomical and better sense for me to just get another matching card. The 1st card was a gift so it didn't cost me anything and believe it or not the card is doing a great job with GTA 4 running it at 1920 X 1080 with no hesitation. I suspect that two of these cards will generate improved performance. When I get my full time hours back I will most likely purchase dual EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card. Besides the money I would have spent on one GTX-560Ti and the difference in cost for the second one compaired to the 460 superclocked is money I can put towards a better motherboard or CPU.

    And I also am planning on saving all the components from my current pc and reinstalling them back into my current case and I plan on using the dual GTX 460's in that pc once I have more money to spend on better video cards. But again I think you are right on being happier with the better cards, the dual 460's will work for now. If I go with the AMD I figure to get the best bang for the buck I will get a 3.7GHz AMD Black Edition Quad Core then upgrde that to the 8 core Bulldozer after they have been out awhile and the prices come down. I plan on running a duplicte drive to the primary OS drive that I will ghost it incase the OS drive goes down and I do not have to reinstall everything. And I guess I can allways get one or two sata III contorler cards and I can add more HD's if I am out of SATA ports on the MB.

    Will keep this cpu fan in mind: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

    Will put this on my list: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    The GIGABYTE boards look better and better the more I look at them. And so do the ASUS motherboards as well. I am still thinking about the EVGA Classified motherboard though especially if I can add add on controller SATA cards.

    Looking foward to more input, thanks :D
  3. Any one else with any suggestions? Just got my Cooler Master 932 Advanced HAF series full tower from newegg. The only problem was that Cooler Master didn't include the accessory box with the case. Waiting to see if a certain check comes in the mail so I can upgrade my MSI NF750-G55 motherboard and AMD 3.1GHz dual core Black Edition CPU. Still trying to decide if I want to go with a new AMD and a newer AMD 8 core later or get a really nice Intel i7 4 or 6 core? Will upgrade to a nicer dual EVGA GTX 590 CLASSIFIED Limited Edition 3GB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI express 2.0 x16, 3xDual-Link DVI, DisplayPort, HDCP Ready, QUAD SLI Ready, PhysX, 3D Vision Surround Support Video Card!
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