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March 30, 2011 4:21:54 PM

Hey guys,

Gaming, Nvidia, Intel.

Current:
Asus P5k Deluxe
E6550
2gb Corsair XMS2
1 TB Spinpoint f3
7800gtx
650w Antec

Should I scrap the entire thing and go with:

Sabertooth x58
i7-950 bloomfield
triple channel 6gb gskill
Nvidia GTX 570

I'll obviously use the HD, will the 650w antec cut it? Not sure which model exactly (This is off memory) but it's about 2 years old.

Was hoping not to drop 1g, but my system is pretty old, I'm thinking its past the point where upgrades can sustain it... Play Rift, WoW.. etc...

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March 30, 2011 4:44:15 PM

If you do decide to build, don't go for a bloomfield + X58 setup. Those are old news. If building today, Sandy Bridge is the way to go.

Do you have an absolute budget?

The PSU is perfectly fine to carry over into a new build, BTW.
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March 30, 2011 5:14:54 PM

Your Antec, depending on the series should do just fine. Mine's about a year and a half old and it's chugging along well ;) 
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March 30, 2011 5:30:16 PM

rwpritchett said:
If you do decide to build, don't go for a bloomfield + X58 setup. Those are old news. If building today, Sandy Bridge is the way to go.

Do you have an absolute budget?

The PSU is perfectly fine to carry over into a new build, BTW.



Absolute? No... I start something then end up spending roughly 3x as much as I set out to spend... haha.

In all seriousness I'd like to stay around 1k.
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March 30, 2011 5:41:02 PM

You could easily get an i5-2500K + ASRock Extreme4 P67, GPU, RAM, cooler. Reuse the HDD and case and you should be good.
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March 30, 2011 6:14:53 PM

^That's a good build. I say go for a top-of-the-line i7-2600K though. You'd still be within your $1k budget. Do you need an OS license too?
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March 30, 2011 7:28:27 PM

rwpritchett said:
^That's a good build. I say go for a top-of-the-line i7-2600K though. You'd still be within your $1k budget. Do you need an OS license too?



Rather get a 570 or 580 GTX than the one he posted... i7 could be overkill tho, no?

Is there a new socket i7 coming out? Thought I read a while back that the higher end i7 sandy bridge cpus would be on a different socket than the current i5 sandybridge cpus.
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March 30, 2011 7:37:03 PM

jcomps said:
Rather get a 570 or 580 GTX than the one he posted... i7 could be overkill tho, no?

Is there a new socket i7 coming out? Thought I read a while back that the higher end i7 sandy bridge cpus would be on a different socket than the current i5 sandybridge cpus.

I would stick with the 6950 (great performance for the money)

Yes the 1366 replacement will be out later this year (LGA 2011 I think)
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March 30, 2011 8:00:28 PM

zooted said:
I would stick with the 6950 (great performance for the money)

Yes the 1366 replacement will be out later this year (LGA 2011 I think)


The 6950 I linked can be unlocked to a 6970 fairly easily...I'd say stick with it. If you unlocked it to a 6970 it'd match the GTX 570 (for most games), and is ~$60 cheaper. Check out these benchmarks

You could get the 2600k, but the 2500k would be more than sufficient and you can OC that to the mid 4GHz range. I suggested it because it's an amazing CPU and you had said you didn't wanna drop $1000 into it. The build I recommended would be able to run essentially any game on high settings and the price is quite reasonable.
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March 30, 2011 8:04:43 PM

Bacillus said:
The 6950 I linked can be unlocked to a 6970 fairly easily...I'd say stick with it. You could get the 2600k, but the 2500k would be more than sufficient and you can OC that to the mid 4GHz range. I suggested it because it's an amazing CPU and you had said you didn't wanna drop $1000 into it. The build I recommended would be able to run essentially any game on high settings and the price is quite reasonable.

I think you quoted the wrong person :D 
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March 30, 2011 8:07:00 PM

zooted said:
I think you quoted the wrong person :D 


lol nah, meant to quote you to agree with your post. But yeah, was speaking more to the OP.
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March 30, 2011 8:11:19 PM

Check benchmarks before choosing between the HD69x0 and GTX560/GTX570. The AMD card seems to be generally a little stronger, but there are specific games that heavily favor nVidia.
As usual, I say don't spend money you don't need to. Salvage your current PSU, HDD, and case. Considering where you are now, you may find a GTX460 more than sufficient. If you're not interested in overclocking at all, look at the i5-2500 (non-K) or i5-2400. Buy what you need, not what the hype says you "have to have" to enjoy your games.

Edit: Some benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/293?vs=330
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March 30, 2011 8:11:57 PM

zooted said:
I would stick with the 6950 (great performance for the money)

Yes the 1366 replacement will be out later this year (LGA 2011 I think)



I'll also prob OC at some point, go with 1600mhz ram instead?
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March 30, 2011 9:10:00 PM

Make sure you get RAM with a low Cas Latency (preferably 7), 1333-1600MHz frequencies, and around 1.5V. That way your RAM has some OC potential as well.

In case you're wondering, the Hyper 212+ will handle a good OC (easily past 4.0 GHz) with an added fan (comes with 2 brackets).
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