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March 13, 2011 4:17:12 PM

Hey:) 


I decided to upgrade My pc, but I'm having a problem putting together the right components .

My budget is at 1300 US dollars or 7000 danish kroner.

I have a NZXT Apollo tower which I would like to reuse if possible, and therefore I also have HDD and Disc reader/burner that I will reuse.
Of course I would also like to reuse my PSU if possible, but it is not a requirement.

Tower: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/cases/445-blackout...

PSU: http://www.fourcom.dk/product_card.php?prod_nr=SL-500

Motherboard, CPU, RAM and GPU is what I need help with.


I have grown quite fond of ASUS products, so if possible please help Me stay an ASUS fan by helping me towards theyre products :) 

The PC will be used primarely for gaming and movies, but no serious gaming. It will be hooked up to a 42'' Full HD flat screen TV and a 19'' Full HD flat screen monitor, so HDMI and DVI exits on the GPU is a must. The GPU does'nt have to be the best possible out there right now, but then again it would be nice if it's one above average and would'nt be out of date in a few months. Perhaps a motherboard with SLI/CrossfireX... I really need help, cause I'm lost here.
Regarding RAM I would like to have about 6GB ddr3 or above, but also in the RAM universe I am lost.


So basicly I am loking for advice to a:

Motherboard from ASUS (Cause I'm a fanboy)
-Perhaps SLI/CrossfireX option if this would be a better option than buying one massive GPU.
-Bluetooth onboard would be nice.

CPU
-Intel I5 3,3hz (Please do say if this is a bad choise)
-Also, which socket to go for, 1155 or 1156?

GPU
- ATi or Nvidia (Here I'm not the biggest fanboy, but then again I would'nt mind a ASUS ATI/Nvidia GPU.
-SLI/CrossfireX perhaps?

RAM
-Min. 6Gb DDR3, but I guess we need to find me a motherboard first ;) 


If I forgot anything please let me know, since I am no god when it comes to putting together a components list (Would be nice if it al fitted together) ;) 


- Patrick

Ps. I'm Danish, so if my english i rubbish, please have mercy cause I'm trying very hard here to ace this ;) 

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March 14, 2011 8:06:22 AM

You English grammar is just fine, better that most Americans :) 

The i5 is a fine CPU. I have one in my LAN Rig.

Go with the LGA 1155 Core i5 (Sandy Bridge). it is the way faster than LGA 1156 Core i5's (Lynnfield) and runs cooler.
a LGA 1155 Core i7 is only $100 more, but for gaming and home theater it's overkill in my opinion.

Using Your Case and DVD/CD drive. Your Powesupply is abit out of date and not upto todays GPU requirements, sorry

MB
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 ATX (has Blue Tooth)
$240
CPU
Core I5 2500K LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge (over clocks to 4.5Ghz using just the auto setting on the ASUS MB)
$230
CPU Cooling
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 compatible GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
$40  
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DRAM DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM (made for P67/Sandy Bridge)
$130
PSU
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3/ SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply the TX version is good too ($30 less), it's just not modular and corsair PSU is good except the CX 'Builder' models.
$140


GPU Choices upper mid gaming performance:

EVGA GTX 560 Ti PN: 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce FPB (Fermi) 1GB
or
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
$250

MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi)
ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
$220

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$1130 in US dollars (with GTX 560 Ti)
March 15, 2011 9:55:28 AM

Thanks Mate... Will give it a good look and see what I can make of it :) 
!