Post Christmas 2010 Build

Approximate Purchase Date: After Christmas(should I wait until sandybridge processors are released)


Budget Range: $1000- $1500 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming, surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drives(have ones out of old computer)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I've heard the Intels are the way to go recently, I want whatever will give the most bang for the buck

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe SLI(future?)


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


Additional Comments: I would like this PC to serve as my gaming PC for the next 5 years.
Any suggestions to improve this build while staying within the budget will be greatly appreciated. I may have gone overboard on some things like the 12gb of ram, please keep me in line. Should I hold out until the sandbridge processors come out?

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=21620048
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  1. The build itself is sound, but I would consider the following before pulling the plug.

    5 years = impossible. Just as an example, I think 5 years ago we had the "bleeding edge" CPU were 2.4GHz Athlon 64 x2 using DDR 1 and PCI-express wasn't even mainstream yet. Most PC probably had single core CPU running 2GHz at best with 512MB RAM and an AGP video card.

    I would rather suggest you hold back a bit, but plan on upgrading the core (CPU+MB+RAM+GPU) in 3 years instead. Unless you plan on gaming at a resolution above 1680x1050, this setup might even be overkill anyway. I would get an i5-760 (save 50$), an MSI P55-GD65 (save another 50$, but still SLI capable at 8x8x with very little performance loss), get a GTX 460 1GB (save 80$ and is more than enough at 1680x1050, you can always add a 2nd one in a year when the price drop to 100$ or lower) and get G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)(save 100$).

    Moreover, Intel is releasing a new family of CPU (Sandy Bridge) Q1 next year (which you might want to wait for before spending 1500$+ on a rig) so the LGA1156 and LGA1366 will probably vanish progressively in the next 2-3 years.
  2. Zenthar said:
    The build itself is sound, but I would consider the following before pulling the plug.

    5 years = impossible. Just as an example, I think 5 years ago we had the "bleeding edge" CPU were 2.4GHz Athlon 64 x2 using DDR 1 and PCI-express wasn't even mainstream yet. Most PC probably had single core CPU running 2GHz at best with 512MB RAM and an AGP video card.

    I would rather suggest you hold back a bit, but plan on upgrading the core (CPU+MB+RAM+GPU) in 3 years instead. Unless you plan on gaming at a resolution above 1680x1050, this setup might even be overkill anyway. I would get an i5-760 (save 50$), an MSI P55-GD65 (save another 50$, but still SLI capable at 8x8x with very little performance loss), get a GTX 460 1GB (save 80$ and is more than enough at 1680x1050, you can always add a 2nd one in a year when the price drop to 100$ or lower) and get G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)(save 100$).

    Moreover, Intel is releasing a new family of CPU (Sandy Bridge) Q1 next year (which you might want to wait for before spending 1500$+ on a rig) so the LGA1156 and LGA1366 will probably vanish progressively in the next 2-3 years.


    I agree, I will probably wait until the sandy bridge CPU's come out and pickup a non SandyBridge i7 for reduced cost. Shouldn't I still use 3 sticks of ram for triple channel instead of 2?
  3. Quote:
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming, surfing the internet


    So simple games, a bit of programming and 24/7 no render/encode/etc i would start @ a point far below the lowest end of that budget range (with a heavier hitter in the GPU department)

    Items off Egg $563
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039


    Items off MC $170 (965BE + MSI 785G-E53)
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    60GB SSD Sandforce based $99AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542

    Scythe SCMG-2100 MUGEN-2 Rev.B 5 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler $29 WITH PROMO CODE
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MUGENB&title=Scythe-SCMG-2100-MUGEN-2-Rev-B-5-Heat-Pipes-CPU-Cooler

    $861 Total
  4. Only the LGA1366 (i7-9XX) CPUs use triple-channel memory, all others (i3, i5, i7-8XX) uses dual-channel.
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