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$1300 gaming/desktop PC

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October 14, 2010 5:27:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: in the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: $1200-$1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and video editing, workstation

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVD burner. Re-using power supply
and case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel CPU, ATI GPU and Asus MB but if its better I can go with Gigabyte MB.

Overclocking: Maybe, as long as it will my system stable without crashes.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I’ve build Intel E6600 3 years ago and will be using old parts to build new HTPC. I’ve spent couple of days here on the site and forums trying to figure out with which
CPU, MB and GPU to go with. I’m thinking between I7 870 or I7 950 or 930. Not sure which socket is “future proof”?
I will be getting 80GB Intel SSD as a boot drive and maybe 2x 1TB for storage unless you guys can recommend something else. Right now on my old one I have 2 x 500GB Seagate HDs in RAID.
Also I'll be buying Windows 7 64bit Home Premium and maybe 6GB of RAM?

Thanks in advance for your input!

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October 14, 2010 6:33:22 AM

^ "Future-Proof" socket ? Sorry there aren't any right now...
All the sockets - LGA 1156, LGA 1366, AM3 will be replaced by newer sockets next year,...
And ATI is going to launch newer graphic cards by this month end, so you might want to check that out too...
October 14, 2010 6:40:17 AM

Neither socket is future proof. In fact, many have called both "dead" - time will tell. The only thing the 1366 would allow you to do is upgrade to 6-core which is not cost effective unless you have specific need for 12 threads.

If you are primarily gaming (and running at 1920 res), the 750/760 are the cpus of choice. The 860/870s will give small improvements in gaming, but may be indicated depending on how multi-threaded your video editing is and how often/long you do it.

In any case, the 1156 socket is more cost effective. Once we get the socket, the rest is easy :) 
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October 15, 2010 3:14:10 AM

Guys, thanks for the replies!

Now after I read again forums I figured out that there's no future proof socket even if there is it won't last longer then couple of months and then something better will come out.

Even if I invest in a processor that is $500 + now in few weeks it will be old.

So i guess I should cross that out Not sure which socket is “future proof”?

What's your guys opinion on i7-950 seems like its better then i5?
What motherboard and graphics card would you go with?

October 15, 2010 4:09:02 AM

Motherboard - ASUS X58 Sabertooth

RAM - A good 6GB DDR3 kit preferrably 1333MHz or higher with low CAS...
October 16, 2010 4:23:21 AM

9XX > 8XX > 7XX, but each step upward can be relatively small (for gaming) vs the cost increase.

For 950 as an alternative to the Sabertooth (a good board) I'd use the Gigabyte UD3R:

1333, CL9, quality mfg, best value:

1600, CL7, quality mfg, faster:

Vid card: At 1920 res, I'd use a GTX 460 and equip the rig with a 750W psu (small incremental investment) to allow for a second 460 if/when required. ATM, it looks like the Gigabyte is fastest and cheap:

PSU, something like this high-quality Antec:
October 18, 2010 4:15:56 AM

After reading some reviews on newegg I'm afraid to go with Gigabyte MB I would rather go with Asus?

As far as memory why isn't there any reviews ?
Can you guys recommend any other ones with more reviews?

For vid card card I was hoping to stay with ATI as a brand, any other recommendations ?

My current PS won't be enough for i7 ?

I don't think I'll be doing SLI. I would rather invest money on say second SSD.

Thanks for you help so far!

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October 18, 2010 4:28:35 AM

^ That Gigabyte UD3R, had some issues earlier when it was launched, but now I dont think you would have that many... but its your call though...
Anyways that ASUS is a good option...

RAM - Those above are good options...
Here is a good one with a nice combo

Graphics card - I would say wait till ATI launches their new cards, then select one...

PSU - For a single card config, your PS would suffice...
October 18, 2010 4:33:55 AM

Any ATA on new graphics card?

I was hoping to build it in the next couple of months but if its worth waiting I would wait a bit longer.
October 18, 2010 4:40:43 AM

^ Next couple of weeks would give you new ATI cards, and a say 3-4 months would give you newer Intel CPUs(Q1 2011 is the expected time-frame for Sandybridge launch)...
October 18, 2010 4:47:28 AM

Damn, decisions... decisions...
October 28, 2010 12:53:25 AM

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