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January 11, 2011 6:10:20 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! FELLAS!!!

I need opinion on my Display and recommended build to compliment it's limitations. I plan to PC game on a LCD HDTV 1080p class 37" Panasonic Viera model#TC-37LZ800.

It supports HDMI 1920x1080p @60p(fps) I'm pretty sure it's 60Hz but could be 120Hz,bought in 2009

So the build will have to *cap at those limits...no insane res like 2560x1600,or uber framerate's of 100+ *unless there are advantages to uber config rig :??:  "Down-scale 2560x1600 image to fill 1920x1080 = free AA? Higher frame rate over 60p might = blur/motion artifacts :cry:  BIG GFX NOOB :pt1cable: 

Should I wait for AMD's Bulldozer or bite the bullet and go with Intel's new Sandy Bridge K series CPU.

My time-line for upgrade path is preferably Nov. 2011 but could be as soon as March 2011

BUDGET= $2000-2500

Thanks for your time!!!

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January 12, 2011 1:08:07 AM

I like what Nvidia brings to the table...either single GTX570 or GTX580,no SLI/Xfire with dedicated Physx card. What card is best as dedicated physx card,Nvidia-wise? Mobo makers like MSI,ASRock are favoured.

Thanks :bounce: 
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January 12, 2011 1:22:12 AM

SLI / X-Fire can extend the life a system by several years....put in one card now, but size ya PSU to add another one later.

All GFX cards can be set to drive different resolutions....there are not 2560 cards, 1920 cards and son on. The newer top end cards from ATI shine a bit better at 2560 x 1600 ... the nVidia shine a bit better at 1920 x 1080.

In November 2011, all this will be moot. March 2011 is even a stretch. The MoBo / CPU combo below will expire by March and I'd suggest grabbing a Asus Sabertooth P67 TUF w/ i5-2600k

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-sabertooth-p67-tuf-r...

Case - $160 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - 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 - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K 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
RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - $100 - Logitech G15 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $70 - Logitech G9x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1,888

If ya wanna go smaller, the HAF-922 w/ XFX Black Edition 850 would be my choice. If ya got the money to spend, I don't get the "No SLI bit I will use dedicated PhysX" thing. Twin 570's would handle ya PhysX and then some. Anything more than a 430 for dedicated PhysX would seem overblown.
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