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March 3, 2011 4:30:04 PM

Hello,
i was wondering if the intel 2500k sandy bridge available on newegg.com is the revised edition?
also i'm new to building computers,so can anyone recommend me a build? that would cost around $1000 primarily for gaming and running business software
would be greatly appreciated
go dual gpu?
Thanks !

$1000 not including monitor, os, mouse,keyboard
March 3, 2011 4:46:17 PM

nVme said:
Hello,
i was wondering if the intel 2500k sandy bridge available on newegg.com is the revised edition?
also i'm new to building computers,so can anyone recommend me a build? that would cost around $1000 primarily for gaming and running business software
would be greatly appreciated
go dual gpu?
Thanks !

$1000 not including monitor, os, mouse,keyboard


The CPU's were not the issue with the recall. You've been able to buy CPU's the entire time... you just couldn't buy a motherboard to put it on. But yes, the motherboards w/ LGA1155 socket that are now starting to show up on NewEgg are the revised version. There should be a lot more showing up over the next couple of weeks to allow a better selection, but those will work.


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March 3, 2011 4:49:33 PM

Forgot to add, in order to provide the best advice on your build, please check the link in my signature and try to post those details so we can get you the best config first time through.
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March 3, 2011 5:08:14 PM

thanks a lot for the reply !

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: 1000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: gaming, business software, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: prefer having the computer based on the intel 2500k

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes?

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) Not sure about this, also I might use a 32-37 inch tv later on? So i want a computer that could support that, what would a good resolution be?
Additional Comments: just need a desktop computer for games



also how do i go about knowing how these things work? a book?
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March 3, 2011 5:10:10 PM

also
what would the difference be if i waited until april? or july?
would it be worth the wait?
curious about the price and quality difference
do the parts like decrease 10%
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March 3, 2011 5:20:38 PM

What types of games specifically (First person shooters, Online RPG's)? If you have specific game titles that you prefer that can help (because some games care more about CPU while others care more about your Video Card).
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March 3, 2011 5:42:11 PM

hmm mostly hon, sc2 would be cool to play sc2 on high, and if i get a new desktop would a $1000 desktop be able to play crysis 2 on ultra? also want a comp that can handle cs photoshop and programs like that
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March 3, 2011 6:39:21 PM


(prices from NewEgg Canada unless otherwise noted)

CPU
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
$229 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard

BIOSTAR TP67B+ LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$130 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
(This was the only LGA1155 + P67 board on NewEgg.ca. I wouldn’t buy that motherboard yet, since they are just now coming back out I think you’ll get a better deal if you wait for others to be available. Plus they're trying to rip you off for $11 shipping on this. So shop around in a couple of weeks for a diff't motherboard. You want socket type LGA1155 and Chipset P67, pretty much everything else is optional)

Three choices for Video Cards:
$180 ($200 - $20 Rebate) XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

$175 ($205 - $30 rebate) ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

$230 SPARKLE SX560T1024D5MH GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I would recommend the 5850. As confusing at it may seem based on the naming/numbering, this 5850 performs better than the 6850… and it’s cheaper to boot. Rebate makes this the best bang for buck atm IMO. The 560 Ti is listed because it's also a good value, just at the next higher performance level. So if you're willing to spend a little more then the 560Ti gets my vote.

Memory
$55 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive

$50 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Power Supply
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7

$75 ($90 - $15 rebate) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$110 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

If my math is right we're at about $824 (not counting shipping).
Pick a case that you like, there are plenty within the $50-75 range. I wouldn't go much lower than that. Look for something w/ at least two fans, and if you can find something with speed controls for the fans that's even better because it helps you manage the noise created.
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