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$2000 PC Build now? Or wait for a month for $3000

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March 18, 2011 8:31:04 PM

This is my first post on Toms!

This system is mostly for gaming, I mostly play Starcraft 2 atm and would like to play the new Elder Scrolls when it comes out.

I have a $2000 budget right now, within a months time I will have a $3000 budget. I would like to get something now, but is it worth to wait the extra month and/or is it even worth to spend $1000 more on a $2000 build?

Please look at the specs below and see what I could improve on, and what could I add that would be really worth it to wait a month for?

I love the Silverstone case, and maybe I would like a ridiculous amount of RAM, (12GB??) CPU isn't so important, maybe 3 graphics card? I don't know. Please help!

Ok I was thinking of doing the System Builder Marathon $2000 build.

Motherboard - Gigabyte X58A-UD3R LGA-1366 Intel X58 Express, ICH10R - $210
Processor - Intel Core i7-950 3.06 GHz Quad-Core - $295
Memory - Mushkin 998586 6 GB, DDR3-1333 Triple-Channel Kit - $80
Graphics - 2 x EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR, 1.25 GB GeForce GTX 470 - $520
System Drive - 2 x A-Data S599 64 GB, SATA 3Gb/s SSD - $220
Storage Drive Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1 TB, 7200 RPM HDD - $70
Optical - Lite-On iHBS112 Blu-ray Drive: 12x BD-R, 16x DVD±R - $120
Case - SilverStone Fortress FT02B - $250
Power - SilverStone ST85F-P 850 W Modular - $150
Heat Sink - Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B - $62
CPU Fan - Delta AFC1212D-PWM 3400 RPM, 120 mm - $23
Total Cost $2,000

This is what I would like to go with unless you can suggest better. Since that build was done in December, I am pretty sure it may be cheaper.
March 18, 2011 8:58:39 PM

I think you need to make a sandy bridge based system. A similarly priced 2500K at stock will compete with a i7-980X. It will oc easier , and higher. It will run cooler.

For a gaming system, and your budget, I suggest you get a single GTX580 for the same budget. That will leave you the option to upgrade if you should ever want to. Unless you will be using a 2560 x 1600 monitor, or triple monitor surround gaming, a single GTX580 will serve you well.

Get a P67 based motherboard with two slots for X8/X8 pci-e at least to preserve your sli options.
Get a 8gb(2 x 4gb) kit of DDR3-1600 ram.

A SSD is a great idea, but a single larger unit will perform better. Raid-0 is not that beneficial, and you will lose trim support.
Today, for gaming, look at the Intel 510 120gb unit or the crucial C300. Better yet, wait for the release of the C400 or Vertex 3 ssd's, rumored to be this month.

Prolimatech megahalems is a great cooler, and easy to mount. It does not need a 3400 rpm banshee fan. Get a Noctua that will be perfectly adequate, and avery quiet.

The silverstone psu is somewhat mediocre:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
May I suggest the XFX 850w unit instead?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
review:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I see no real value in waiting, unless it is for a SSD.
What you see is what you will get until next year for graphics cards.
It would be prudent to see how you do with a single GTX580. Most likely, you can save that extra $1000, or spend it on a 2560 x 1600 monitor.
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March 19, 2011 6:27:28 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=288 <----- i7 950 vs i5 2500K

This mobo down below runs dual cards @ 16x & 16x

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $274.98
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel ...
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67UD7&titl... $311.99
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 Socket 1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ 3-Way CrossFireX & SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&2GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Burner BD-5300S-0B - OEM
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