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January 4, 2011 6:41:31 PM

I have a homebuilt computer that I'm using that was built maybe 2-3 years ago. Back then it was an exceptional computer, but now, it's pretty bad compared to the stuff out right now.

Here's my specs atm:
- Processor: AMD Athlon X2 5200 @ 2.70GHz
- RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
- Motherboard: not sure but it's gigabyte and supports ddr2 and am2/+ ... it was around 70usd 1-2years ago.
- GPU: nVidia 8600GT
- Case: Raidmax Smilodon (w. 500W powersupply)


I'm thinking that I should just build a new gaming rig since there isn't really a reusable part... My budget is $1000, but apparently, I have a "must have everything" problem where I keep thinking I need to get the best... I got a little help from someone but I'm thinking I want the sandy bridge etc. with an intel mobo instead of an amd...

New specs (with help):
- CPU: Phenom II x4 955
- Mobo: AsRock 870 Extreme 3
- RAM: G.Skill ripjaw series 4Gb (2x2) DDR3 1600
- GPU: MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB
- PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
- OD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
- Case: NZXT Lexa S
- Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
- Windows 7 Professional 64bit OEM


However, The mobo says DDR3 1600(OC) <--- Do I have to overclock something for the mems to work on my mobo?

Intel specs (need help):
- CPU - ??? (Sandy bridge????)
- Mobo - ???
- RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaw series 4Gb (2x2) DDR3 1600
- GPU: ??? (I'm going to be running blackops, fallout3, and stuff like witcher, assassins creed on 1080p)
- PSU: ???
- Case: NZXT Lexa S (I'm more aesthetics :3)
- OD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
- Cooling: Coolermaster hyper 212 plus
- Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM


I can afford to spend a little over 1000 if I must :) ) If this seems really WHACK and I can't get something like this for 1000ish then please do yell at me for my noobishness :( (

Thank you ALL! <3

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January 4, 2011 6:53:03 PM

Mobo speeds are usually just list the common speeds and the max supported speeds. IE, they're meaningless since RAM can be OC'd UC'D, and multipliers changed.

Only thing to look at really is max supported speed, but if you're buying very fast RAM to UC and get super tight timings, then it's also not a bit deal.

No one knows SB street prices, and SB mobo street prices yet, so we can't help you there till they're released.

AMD build is easily doable for $1000 IFF you're talking US dollars. You should just fill out the form in the sticky, link in my sig.

I'd swap the Mobo in the AMD build to an Asus or GA, exact model depending on your Xfire plans.

You should also be able to fit a 6950 for a $1000 budget.

Not sure why you want win 7 pro.
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January 4, 2011 6:56:56 PM

I would wait for Sandy bridge. they look very strong, both on price and performance

I would also wait for the Geforce gtx560.
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January 5, 2011 2:13:13 AM

Hmm. Then I might as well wait for SB :) 

So I can use the ddr3 1600 ram on a mobo that says 1600(OC) right? :) 

What do you mean by xfire plans ? :o 

I'm not a fan of Radeon :| Never really used them...

It's better than home premium isn't it? :o 
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January 5, 2011 2:17:12 AM

Most DDR3 1600 ram is shipped at 1333 and vanilla timings so that you have to adjust them up to spec for the exact reason your raising cause for concern. So.. e.g., I would read reviews on newegg or whatnot about the specific 1600 ram you're wanting to see if people are mentioning having to adjust it's speed.
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January 5, 2011 2:45:37 AM

Uhhh Well the 6950 would be your best budget option, that or Crossfire 6850's. Crossfire or Radeon is worth a shot. There is no reason to overlook a company just because you never used them. Windows 7 Home Premium is just the same as Pro just some things/features. Not very needed features at that. Home Premium is good enough I use it.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6950/1...

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January 5, 2011 5:25:19 AM

Hmm. I'm guessing the 6950 has better peformance than a gtx460 768mb/1g?
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2011 6:10:23 AM

... Are you cereal? But, yes it is better. I think the review pretty much stated that if you looked at it.
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January 5, 2011 7:33:21 AM

Then -facepalm- WHY have i been looking only at nvidia ALL this time AWGPIAJGAWOGJWEGOEJI
KK I guess I'll wait till SB releases and then see what ima get ^^
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