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December 9, 2010 8:05:30 PM

I'm building a brand new computer and could use some tips. My budget is $2200.

I'm thinking of an i7 950. Is the price/performance ratio comparable to the 920?

Lian-Li PC-7FNWX or Corsair 600T? The Lian-Li was 200 just last night when I almost bought it, lol.

I was looking at the ASUS Rampage III Formula for a mobo, but some of the reviews say it's not that outstanding for the price. I currently own a P5Q Deluxe and have been impressed with it. What would be a good mobo to go with? Open to any suggestions.

Lastly, what type of memory configuration should I go with? I'm thinking 1600 or 2000? 6GB or 12GB? Brand wise, I was thinking Crucial. Always hear good things about them. I have Corsair dominators, but had to RMA twice. I'd prefer to stay away from them now.

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December 9, 2010 8:15:43 PM

what will be your primary use for this PC?
December 9, 2010 8:18:24 PM

It's going to be for gaming and media.
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December 9, 2010 8:35:52 PM

I'm only going to run one GTX 580, so that might help in finding the perfect mobo for me.

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December 9, 2010 8:59:48 PM

ok, Intel processors are getting shaken up in 4 weeks, so I'd wait until then. with that caveat, my of the cuff suggestion is that you truly go all out, since a 980X is in your price range!

i7-980x 6-core and Gigabyte P55 motherboard: $1149.99

1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3: $69.99

22x DVD burner: $16.99

MSI GTX 570 : $349.99

Seasonic 620W 80+ Bronze Modular PSU: $99.99
yes, 620 is enough to run this.

Acer 23" monitor: $159.99

Kingston Hyper-X 6 GB DDR3-1600: $88.99

A-Data 64 GB SSD: $99.99

CoolerMaster 690II + win 7 Home Premium: $159.99

total: $2195.90

Hard to argue with this setup.
December 9, 2010 11:03:45 PM

Wow I hadn't even considered going that route. Thank you for your help. I also should have mentioned I already have a 21.3 inch 1920x1080 dell, so it's even closer to the 2k mark. Time to start ordering parts :D 
December 9, 2010 11:03:56 PM

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December 10, 2010 3:01:44 AM

You don't need a 980x, a $200 sandy bridge processor outperforms that in games/media.
December 10, 2010 3:34:14 PM

duk3: actuallym, Sandy bridge won't beat the $1000 hexacore on its initial release, its a replacement for the i5-series right now
December 10, 2010 11:41:54 PM

The 980x should perform better in multithreaded applications, however, the higher clock speeds of the sandy bridge processors will allow them to outperform the 980x in everything that can't use 6 cores/12 threads.