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March 6, 2011 3:34:19 AM

Hiya :) 


Approximate Purchase Date: Next month. (My birthday is next month & I'll have some extra money then xD)

Budget Range: $1,000.00-$1,200.00, Before rebates, including shipping (Zip: 74013).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Creating art, video/audio editing (nothing professional, just stuff for YouTube & for family/friends), gaming, downloading stuff, watching movies, surfing the net.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Sound Card, Monitor, possibly Video Card.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, MWave, Fry's, eBay, etc.. Anything in the US.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Doesn't really matter. Prefer NVidia video card. Have a 1gb gtx 460 at the moment, that I can re-use for the time being.- I can get a better one later. Whatever would allow me to get the best parts I can.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't care.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050. Will be getting a new monitor in the future, but current one works for now. (am saving for IPS Panel)

Additional Comments: I have some ideas as to what I'd like, but feel free to create your own builds or tweek what I have, because I'm a novice. :) 

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Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Sparkle 80 Plus Gold certified, modular 750W PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (picked this one, because it's got a 5 year warranty, is inexpensive & is 80 Plus Gold certified & is 750Watts, which is quite a bit to work with! :D ) - I know people always say get a better brand PSU, but it's got good reviews & a warranty.

HDD: Samsung F3 Spinpoint x1 (maybe 2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 1333 DDR3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: Asus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Sentey Arvina Extreme Division Tower Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - it's inexpensive & seems to have quite a few very nice features & good ratings.

OS: Either some type of Linux or Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium OEM for 99.99

Total: 853.92+ 139.00 3 day Fed-Ex Shipping (I do the Fed-Ex thing, since UPS likes to drop & damage their packages lol) = $992.92

Feel free to suggest a build or whatever :)  I'm open to suggestions & if something would be better, please let me know. :) 

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March 6, 2011 8:15:16 AM

If you are going to choose a AMD motherboard, I'd suggest a Radeon GPU, because your mobo you chose supports Crossfire, making it more upgradeable. Maybe a AMD Radeon HD 5870 or 6950? And I reckon you could ct down on the RAM like to 6Gb or 4Gb.
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March 6, 2011 12:49:00 PM

Since the purchase date is next month, wait for the B3 chipset for Sandy Bridge then get an i5-2500K (230$) and either a Asus P8P64 P8P67 Pro (~200$) or an Asrock P67 Extreme4 (pretty much the same as the Asus board, but 150$). I also suggest you get either a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 or a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (the later cools better and is much more silent, but also cost twice as much) and OC that CPU, you should be able to reach 4GHz without even having to increase voltage so I think you should reconsider the "no OC" element if going Sandy Bridge).

Having done so on my brother's PC not long ago, you can get 4GHz out of SB by going in the BIOS, finding the CPU multiplier page, change it from 33 to anywhere between 38 and 41, save and reboot; you now have a 3.8-4.1GHz CPU :p  (yup that easy, no exaggeration). It's when you try to go overt 4GHz that it can get tricky as you need to play with voltage, but it's not much harder, just requires a bit of time and patience; people have been getting 4.5-5GHz out of SB.
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March 6, 2011 12:59:45 PM

Its not P8p64-P8p67
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March 6, 2011 1:25:39 PM

Quote:
Its not P8p64-P8p67
Oops. typo, fixed.
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March 8, 2011 7:45:45 PM

Martin9630 said:
If you are going to choose a AMD motherboard, I'd suggest a Radeon GPU, because your mobo you chose supports Crossfire, making it more upgradeable. Maybe a AMD Radeon HD 5870 or 6950? And I reckon you could ct down on the RAM like to 6Gb or 4Gb.


I don't really care about crossfire. :/  I wanted an Nvidia card, because of driver nightmares I've read about with AMD cards...

I don't really care if I have an AMD build or not. Intel is fine, too. :)  I was just trying to put something together for the best bang for the buck.



Zenthar said:
Since the purchase date is next month, wait for the B3 chipset for Sandy Bridge then get an i5-2500K (230$) and either a Asus P8P64 P8P67 Pro (~200$) or an Asrock P67 Extreme4 (pretty much the same as the Asus board, but 150$). I also suggest you get either a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 or a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (the later cools better and is much more silent, but also cost twice as much) and OC that CPU, you should be able to reach 4GHz without even having to increase voltage so I think you should reconsider the "no OC" element if going Sandy Bridge).

Having done so on my brother's PC not long ago, you can get 4GHz out of SB by going in the BIOS, finding the CPU multiplier page, change it from 33 to anywhere between 38 and 41, save and reboot; you now have a 3.8-4.1GHz CPU :p  (yup that easy, no exaggeration). It's when you try to go overt 4GHz that it can get tricky as you need to play with voltage, but it's not much harder, just requires a bit of time and patience; people have been getting 4.5-5GHz out of SB.


Why a core i5? May as well just get an i7. lol

When's the board supposed to be out?

Thanks for the info :)  I will definitely keep my eyes open. :) 

Also, I didn't realize it was that easy to OC it. :/  I feel like a dunce. :)  I appreciate the info, though, really. :) 
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March 8, 2011 7:58:35 PM

orionflux said:
Why a core i5? May as well just get an i7.
For Sandy Bridge, the i7-version (the i7-2600K) only adds 100Mhz, 2MB cache and hyperthreading, but also adds 100$, most people agree that it's not a great value unless you do heavy video encoding or need bragging rights. The i5-2500K can compete, if not beat, the "previous generation" i7-980X (6 core Extreme CPU) that sells for 1000$ in most games so good value :p . Oh and as I said before, the new Sandy Bridge (i5-2500K and i7-2600K) OC like crazy.
orionflux said:
When's the board supposed to be out?
Nobody is sure, some manufacturers like Biostar and MSI already have B3 boards out, but Asus, Asrock and Gigabyte are all conducting the recalls of the B2 boards first. By the end of this month or beginning of the next one they should start shipping again.
orionflux said:
Also, I didn't realize it was that easy to OC it. :/  I feel like a dunce. :)  I appreciate the info, though, really. :) 
It hasn't always been like that, at some point I think you need some conductive pen to reconnect some laser-cut gates on top of the CPU and stuff like that. But now OCing is an unofficial feature of most CPUs :p .
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March 9, 2011 10:07:37 AM

Since peeps been waiting this long for the top end i suggest for healthier/fatter budgets to
1. Await Z68 chipsets, Zambezi AM3+ on platform front
2. Await HD 6990/GTX 590 on the GPU front
3. Await the Sandforce SATA 6GB/s SSDs to hit retailers :p 
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