Its up to you really.Because even if you wait for sandy bridge 6 core ivy bridge will come out next year(according to wikipedia intel plans to launch ivy bridge in 2012..).If you really do need a computer buy one now dont waste time and wait for something better.The Computing world is on advancing way to fast.
I bought a 1-7 950 ZT computer from Costco and it has multiple problems, primarily it just shuts down (blue screens) all the time by itself. I will probably return this computer and see if I can build my own. I have approximately one month to buy and build the replacement computer.
Thanks to everyone that replied. The new Sandy Bridge 2600 chip is really more than I need and it eats the I-7 950 chip for lunch and...... it is projected to cost about the same as the 950. This means one of two things: 1) the 950 will drop about $100 or more in price because the new 2500 chip eats it lunch also and it is a $200 chip 2) the projected price for the Sandy Bridge chips will go up (God forbid :-))
Depending on when the 2600 chip becomes available I would like to use that chip. I may build or buy a cheap temporary computer in the mean time if necessary.
Any suggestions? Also, does anyone have any idea when the 2600 chips are going on the market?
Hey where do you see the 2600 K for $270? The cheapest I've seen it is $330 at NewEgg.
Card: ATI 6950 or maybe the GTX 570
PSU: Corsair 850 HX (I have this already)
Cooler: Please suggest one for the 2600K
Case: I am thinking maybe the Corsair 600T but I have not made up my mind
Ram: I would like a minimum of 6G, preferable 8G or 12G. I am unfamiliar with ram since this is my first build and so recommendations are welcome. I do not understand the designations for ram and I suppose a trip to Wikipedia is needed.
I agree with you, the Asus Deluxe is the best mobo right now.