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January 29, 2011 12:59:23 PM

Well, actually it is $950-1000 but price in my country is $60-70 more than US due to shipping and other causes.
I want to buy a processor, motherboard and graphics card for what would be about $750-800 in US.
I want to -Play games
-work on 3D software like Maya or Blender
-Video encoding (occasional, not top priority)
-and I'll overclock
I won't buy the NVidia graphics card because they don't sell in our country and my friends who imported GTX4xx/5xx reported that NVidia for some reasons (probably heat or humidity) gets unusable and also Wikipedia says that they have problems with OpenGL. So I'll have to stick with Radeon.
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January 29, 2011 2:22:03 PM

All prices newegg.com for comparison:

Intel i5 2500K $224.99

Asus P8H67-M $99.99 for two ram slots and single video card or onboard video

Biostar TP67B+ LGA55 for four ram slots and crossfire support $99.99 after rebate.

Ram selection depends on the motherboard. Check the memory QVL listing for your board before ordering. I suggest a 2x4 gb kit of 1600 ddr3.

XFX-HD-687A-ANFC Radeon 6870 for $189.99 after rebate lifetime warranty

XFX Black edition xps 850w $109.99 after rebate 5 year warranty

Your total will run about $700 us for these parts. Don't go cheap on the power supply. Order it first. Also check to see how many of these manufacturer's warranty the parts in your country. Some will, some won't. You can change brands as needed if you want to use the warranty.

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January 31, 2011 7:29:30 AM

o1die said:
All prices newegg.com for comparison:

Intel i5 2500K $224.99

Asus P8H67-M $99.99 for two ram slots and single video card or onboard video

Biostar TP67B+ LGA55 for four ram slots and crossfire support $99.99 after rebate.

Ram selection depends on the motherboard. Check the memory QVL listing for your board before ordering. I suggest a 2x4 gb kit of 1600 ddr3.

XFX-HD-687A-ANFC Radeon 6870 for $189.99 after rebate lifetime warranty

XFX Black edition xps 850w $109.99 after rebate 5 year warranty

Your total will run about $700 us for these parts. Don't go cheap on the power supply. Order it first. Also check to see how many of these manufacturer's warranty the parts in your country. Some will, some won't. You can change brands as needed if you want to use the warranty.

thanks for trying to help but you mistook me.
CPU+motherboard+graphics card=$750-800
my total budget goes above $1200.
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January 31, 2011 9:45:14 AM

I would still make the same recommendations. I've had pretty good luck overclocking my biostar boards. And their rma service was faster than any other manufacturer. I never recommend an expensive board. The quality of those is no better than some low end stuff. I've been building for twenty years.
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January 31, 2011 10:05:54 AM

The H67 board you recommend will not let you overclock you need a P67. The 2500K a P67 board and then the best card you can afford is the best option out there at the moment by a long way.
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January 31, 2011 1:31:36 PM

Something like the ...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and a Radeon HD 6950 2GB should be quite snappy; especially if you engage in a little light tweaking as advised by the folks at TechPowerUp:



With your budget you could afford two cards

Not sure about your motherboard -- really depends upon what you need (and want). I tend to stay away from the latest and greatest, and look back a generation or so for a feature-rich Big Name motherboard. I snagged an Asus M4A79T Deluxe AM3 790FX for $94 a few months ago.

It's really good :D 








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February 1, 2011 5:06:36 PM

searched the market.............sandy bridge processors yet to come, only i5 2400k or something like that came,extremely overpriced here (about $350 as opposed to $200 of phenom ii x4 955be and $300 of phenom ii x6 1090t, $380 of i7 950). radeon 5970 wont come, perhaps for same reason as of nvidia gtx4xx/5xx.
not going for a $120+ motherboard, will look further into the biostar and asus 790fx (both $160 here, damn it)
6950 (about $390 here)-----can it be still unlocked to 6970, no risks involved??? warranty??? moreover which brand is best? xfx, sapphire, asus, his??? card length?? what case should fit it?? antec, cooler master cases dont sell here (no one buys expensive pc actually, we are still third world citizens), lots of thermaltake though (not to my fancy)
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February 1, 2011 5:07:09 PM

searched the market.............sandy bridge processors yet to come, only i5 2400k or something like that came,extremely overpriced here (about $350 as opposed to $200 of phenom ii x4 955be and $300 of phenom ii x6 1090t, $380 of i7 950). radeon 5970 wont come, perhaps for same reason as of nvidia gtx4xx/5xx.
not going for a $120+ motherboard, will look further into the biostar and asus 790fx (both $160 here, damn it)
6950 (about $390 here)-----can it be still unlocked to 6970, no risks involved??? warranty??? moreover which brand is best? xfx, sapphire, asus, his??? card length?? what case should fit it?? antec, cooler master cases dont sell here (no one buys expensive pc actually, we are still third world citizens), lots of thermaltake though (not to my fancy)
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