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Need Help/Advice On my first build.

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December 9, 2010 6:03:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Surfing Internet / Music / Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, (All I've used thus far / Newb)

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe/Eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm just looking for the best PC I can get on a budget of $2000. Also, I've been scanning the forums for information pertaining to Sandy Bridge. Which, I'm not entirely sure if I can even wait but if I could. Would the cost of Sandy Bridge / Compatible Mobo severely dent what I could spend on other areas? Seeing as this is my first build I was thinking I'd just upgrade to a new CPU/Mobo setup down the line. (That would be feasible, wouldn't it?) What would put a staple in the plan of upgrading those areas? (As in, what other areas would need to be upgraded or changed?) So, I guess that is the only comments I have to add for now.

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB $205

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $70

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $140

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December 9, 2010 8:55:57 PM

I definitely think u should wait for Sandy Bridge and not waste money on soon to become old gen CPU/MOBO. It wont put a dent in other components purchase at all. If ur budget was tight then that would have been the case but u have a gud budget So dont fear about losing performance in other components cause of new CPU/MOBO. Those new CPU's will give u better performance on the same budget and u wont need any immediate need for upgrade in near future.
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December 9, 2010 11:15:42 PM

Alright, I get what you are saying. Although, I might not be able to wait for the fact of how I'm getting this computer. I'm getting it for Christmas / $1000 myself. Which, I'll have to find out for sure if I can wait. Yet, I don't really see why they would be upset about waiting. (Sandy Bridge comes out in January, right?)
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December 9, 2010 11:21:28 PM

Yeah Jan 9th is the release date of new CPU's and AMD will release new GPU's in a weeks time hopefully !!
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December 10, 2010 12:30:00 AM

Awesome, I'll have to look into those GPU's then. I just recently heard a little about that actually. Seeing as everything is coming out when I decide to get a new computer, I might as well wait a tid bit longer. (No harm in that.) Also, seeing as I'm going to wait for Sandy Bridge, should I wait for the other parts as well?
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December 10, 2010 12:48:02 AM

Ya u cant select other components right now cause the CPU/MOBO/GPU pricing will define wat u can get in ur budget. Once their pricing is known then you can select the remaining components.
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December 10, 2010 12:58:52 AM

I think I'm going to get a case/fans ahead of time. Which, I'm really attracted to the Phantom and decided to add a 140mm and 200mm(x2).
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December 10, 2010 1:02:34 AM

hmm well just make sure its a Full tower case with gud airflow like Cooler Master HAF 932.
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December 10, 2010 2:02:03 AM

It is most certainly a Full Tower case. Also, from the reviews I've read/watched it seems to have quite good airflow.
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December 10, 2010 2:24:30 AM

Sandybridge will arrive next month and that will be the new successor for the 1156 series. But at a $2k budget, you're looking a step up at the 1366 category and it's successor won't arrive will at least mid summer.

Here's a newegg combo ya might wanna look at which will save ya $80

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Might compare ya choices w/ this build ..... I built this back in early November where it added up to $2,039 ....prolly a few bucks less today, w/ even more off w/ some good combos. If ya don't need all the crazy OC options the R3E provides, the Sabertooth 1366 would save ya $175

Case - $140 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - $18 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $365 - Asus Rampage 3 Extreme http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $295 - Intel i7-950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $62 - Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
CPU Fan - $11 - Same
Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10350/cab-183/Akasa_P...
RAM - $170 - 3 x 2GB Mushkin CAS 6 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $270 - EVGA GTX 470 SC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $270 - Same
HD - $75 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS Blue Ray Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $139 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's one of those combos I mentioned (saves $25)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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December 10, 2010 4:33:03 AM

Alright, I'll pose another question pertaining to Sandy Bridge. Would it be at all feasible to go with a non-sand bridge cpu/mobo and upgrade at a later point? Which, will most likely be around this time next year? That is, if I decide to not wait for the Sandy Bridge. (Which, I wouldn't wait for mere fact of your information Jack.)
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December 10, 2010 9:10:23 AM

Its better to upgrade to Sandy Bridge since it will come out in 3-4 weeks
Waiting is your best bet in my opinion
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December 10, 2010 10:31:13 AM

PortalMouth said:
Alright, I'll pose another question pertaining to Sandy Bridge. Would it be at all feasible to go with a non-sand bridge cpu/mobo and upgrade at a later point? Which, will most likely be around this time next year? That is, if I decide to not wait for the Sandy Bridge. (Which, I wouldn't wait for mere fact of your information Jack.)


I wouldn't be wanting to have to upgrade the CPU and Mobo in system I had spent $2K on 12 months down the track!

Also in my opinion, buying parts ahead of time is never any advantage. Ultimately you can't use the bits you've bought until you have everything so potentially you will be paying more for them to sit on your desk while you wait for everything else.
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December 10, 2010 5:01:00 PM

Formata said:
I wouldn't be wanting to have to upgrade the CPU and Mobo in system I had spent $2K on 12 months down the track!

Also in my opinion, buying parts ahead of time is never any advantage. Ultimately you can't use the bits you've bought until you have everything so potentially you will be paying more for them to sit on your desk while you wait for everything else.



Well, the advantage exist only if the person I'm buying this will wait. Which, they might not due to some past statements. However, I'm not entirely sure because I still have to ask them. Though, I should get that straightened out tonight. Also, I'd like to thank everyone for their help thus far. You've all been quite helpful. :p 
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December 18, 2010 2:24:25 AM

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December 18, 2010 7:06:31 AM

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