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March 2, 2011 4:27:27 PM

Hi folks.

This is my first time posting, but I’ve been reading quite a bit on these forums. I have wanted to build my first PC for awhile now and I have learned a lot from this helpful community. My first question is whether or not I should wait for the re-release of Sandy Bridge. Through the other threads, I have put together an AMD build that I am willing to get this weekend.

My budget is $800-$1000, however I would need to purchase Microsoft Windows 7 AND a monitor. Please take a look and let me know if I should switch anything out. Thank you for your time!

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend or wait for SB next month.

Budget Range: $800 - $1000 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3, SWTOR, WoW, light video editing, Hulu, Netflix

Parts Not Required: mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect or any other place that's reliable and cheaper

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD build now, or wait for Sandy Bridge re-release

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not this year, YES in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Here is the AMD build…

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz ($160 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD ($90 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 ($50 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit ($175, $15MIR, $8S)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache ($50 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W 80+ ($75, $4S)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: Lite-On 24X DVD Burner SATA iHAS 124-04 ($18, $5S)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower ($55 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $673 before MIR and S costs

Also need to include:

Microsoft Windows 7 ($99 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung LCD 23” Monitor ($180 FS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON USB Keyboard ($7, $7S)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $959 before MIR and S costs

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March 2, 2011 5:29:51 PM

Here is the kicker. I think amd brings bulldozer out this year too. So you may wait and see if prices drop. But you prob wont get a sandy bridge for that money.

Check microcenter.com see if theyve got a store near you. Many times they have sales where you buy an amd chip and get a free board or for like 20 bucks. The one here is 40-45 minutes away, but always worth the drive, pricing comparable to newegg, maybe better sometimes.
March 2, 2011 5:35:34 PM

This build includes Windows 7, monitor, 2500K, etc... and yes the b3 stepping P67 motherboards are here.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $149.98 FREE SHIPPING
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA650-Power-Supp... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Power Supply

http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=54097&vpn=P55A-G55&... $115.00
MSI P55A-G55 P55 ATX LGA1156 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $22.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $159.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
MSI N460GTX -M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&tit... $59.99 Free Shipping
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 FREE SHIPPING
Acer G215HAbd-1 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 50,000:1

Total: $1,022.91 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..
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March 2, 2011 5:43:16 PM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
Here is the kicker. I think amd brings bulldozer out this year too. So you may wait and see if prices drop. But you prob wont get a sandy bridge for that money.

Check microcenter.com see if theyve got a store near you. Many times they have sales where you buy an amd chip and get a free board or for like 20 bucks. The one here is 40-45 minutes away, but always worth the drive, pricing comparable to newegg, maybe better sometimes.


Thanks Ohio. I just checked Micro Center website and found the same Samsung LCD monitor for $30 cheaper than Newegg. The closest MC from me is an hour and half away. Worth the trip for me if I can get more savings. I'm going to keep looking around their site.

I started looking into building a PC back in December. Disappointed that I missed Cyber Monday sales in November, I decided to wait until Sandy Bridge released in January to see if prices would drop. They haven't dropped much, if at all, and some prices have increased. Is Bulldozer coming out in April? I probably cannot wait until the summer.

I would like a PC that I can use now to edit videos and play WoW/SC2. But also a PC that will be able to handle SWTOR and Diablo 3 when they release. Thanks!




March 2, 2011 5:58:33 PM

nevernudes said:
Thanks Ohio. I just checked Micro Center website and found the same Samsung LCD monitor for $30 cheaper than Newegg. The closest MC from me is an hour and half away. Worth the trip for me if I can get more savings. I'm going to keep looking around their site.

I started looking into building a PC back in December. Disappointed that I missed Cyber Monday sales in November, I decided to wait until Sandy Bridge released in January to see if prices would drop. They haven't dropped much, if at all, and some prices have increased. Is Bulldozer coming out in April? I probably cannot wait until the summer.

I would like a PC that I can use now to edit videos and play WoW/SC2. But also a PC that will be able to handle SWTOR and Diablo 3 when they release. Thanks!

??? Hello ?

I just posted a P67 SLI/Xfire mobo for $115. If you live near a microcenter grab the 2500K for $180, switch monitors in that build I posted up top...although ditch that 8ms Samsung for something 5ms or lower if you plan on gaming.
March 2, 2011 6:14:00 PM

@ Why_Me The MSI P55A-G55 P55 ATX LGA1156 you posted DOES NOT work with the i5 2500k Sandy Bridge CPU.
March 2, 2011 6:19:16 PM

bheslar said:
@ Why_Me The MSI P55A-G55 P55 ATX LGA1156 you posted DOES NOT work with the i5 2500k Sandy Bridge CPU.

My bad. :pt1cable:  LOL...I was looking at the Canadian version of that site, went to the US version and did a search on that board and that's why it came up with. I didn'te even look for the P67 on there....duh. :( 
March 2, 2011 6:21:31 PM

Why_Me said:
My bad. :pt1cable:  LOL...I was looking at the Canadian version of that site, went to the US version and did a search on that board and that's why it came up with. I didn'te even look for the P67 on there....duh. :( 



I figured as much. I read a bunch of your posts and see that you know whats going on, so I had to double check myself to make sure I'm not going crazy. :lol: 
March 2, 2011 6:30:44 PM

Why_Me said:
??? Hello ?

I just posted a P67 SLI/Xfire mobo for $115. If you live near a microcenter grab the 2500K for $180, switch monitors in that build I posted up top...although ditch that 8ms Samsung for something 5ms or lower if you plan on gaming.


Thanks for the help Why_Me. Based on bheslar's response, I would still have to wait until next month for the mobo, correct?

Also, should I pass on the i5 2500k and just get the i5 2400 and save myself $30? I do not plan on OC.

"Overclockers will want to upgrade to the multiplier-unlocked Core i5-2500K for $225. But the Core i5-2400 delivers excellent service to folks happy to leave their systems at stock speeds."

- From http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...


March 2, 2011 6:34:57 PM

From the MC site the i5 2500K is $200. The i5 2400 is $180.

Also from MC, AMD 955BE is $130 and 965BE is $150.

Ugh. Don't know what to do!
March 2, 2011 6:37:41 PM

There is a p67 1155 b3 mobo available on newegg right now! I'm on my iPhone so I can't link it, but it is a biostar. Looks like they are coming back!

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March 2, 2011 7:09:48 PM
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I've been going through the same process as you and I keep telling myself that I will regret not waiting for the p67 mobos the be re-released. i mean i'm not completely worried about graphics power, but I need the processing power for all the apps i like to run simultaneously and the GPU i've decided to go with for the first 6 - 8 months of having my pc is the gts 450 by nvidia. But it does seem that the mobo's are coming back (unless that biostar was a mistake) so i might not have to wait as long as I think. I'm hoping the p67 mobos come back in about 2 weeks at most now cause I'm getting antsy, lol. Good luck with your build, and really think about what you need the pc for and what performance the software will require of your cpu in the future. Best of luck!
March 2, 2011 7:29:00 PM

mbooth1234 said:
I've been going through the same process as you and I keep telling myself that I will regret not waiting for the p67 mobos the be re-released. i mean i'm not completely worried about graphics power, but I need the processing power for all the apps i like to run simultaneously and the GPU i've decided to go with for the first 6 - 8 months of having my pc is the gts 450 by nvidia. But it does seem that the mobo's are coming back (unless that biostar was a mistake) so i might not have to wait as long as I think. I'm hoping the p67 mobos come back in about 2 weeks at most now cause I'm getting antsy, lol. Good luck with your build, and really think about what you need the pc for and what performance the software will require of your cpu in the future. Best of luck!



Same boat as you! I am currently in the final stages of planning an i5 build, but if the new MoBo's don't re-release soon I might jump ship and just go the AMD route...
March 2, 2011 8:10:16 PM

motherboard - stick with asus, dont even touch MSI even if it was a P67 based board
March 3, 2011 11:18:11 AM

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March 3, 2011 7:17:47 PM

Just got my B3 Revised mobo today from Micro Center. I went in the store and they had them in stock!! WOOOT

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