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New homebuilt system

I am still searching for a CPU/Motherboard

Heres what I want to do:

Use it to download and store tv shows and movies,convert HD movies and TV shows to a format I can watch on a portable DVD player, ipod etc.
Run a home design program (one of the basic home ones not professional)
Play any game in at least medium settings, eventually play 3D games and watch 3d movies

Preferences
In the future I would like to add another monitor or perhaps hook up to a projector
I realize that tech is moving fast but Id like to be able to change out parts as needed to keep it efficient for several years
I like AMD and would prefer it but not dead set against Intel
At some point in the future I may want to OC
At some point I may like to have more than one card

Issues
I want to use Nvidia GeForce card (maybe a 460) It doesn't have to be all powerful. I want to use the Nvidia 3D kit with it.
I'm not sure I am able to flash this and tweak that. So I want to be absolutely sure what ever I get will be compatible out of the box with the Nvidia 3D card and kit.

Other thoughts
Any diagnostic or warning functions on the board like mem ok,dual bios (or safe bios), the easy bios access with mouse control, and the digital readout that tells you if something is wrong, are things I can see being important. I tend to mess up my computer a lot. Asus motherboards seem to have more of these features on their boards.
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  1. Unless limited to a $500 midtower, where AMD0based builds still makes some sense due to socket AM3's lower cpu/mb prices, most are opting for Intel socket 1155/P67 based mainboards and i5-2500k cpus, which, for the forseeable future, are absolutely dominating most benchmarks.
  2. mdd1963 said:
    Unless limited to a $500 midtower, where AMD0based builds still makes some sense due to socket AM3's lower cpu/mb prices, most are opting for Intel socket 1155/P67 based mainboards and i5-2500k cpus, which, for the forseeable future, are absolutely dominating most benchmarks.


    Ok, Ive looked at the i5 k series due to overclock abilities. I dont need the most extreme system, just enough to do the things I listed. But the right motherboard is still really hard to pick. It doesn't look as if I'm going to find all the features I want in a single board, without paying over 300.00 Any ideas?
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    A budget would help:

    Here's a $950 system capable of adding a 2nd card later in SLI.

    Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207009
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $215 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $20 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    The GFX card is factory overclocked and guaranteed at the OC rate.
  4. JackNaylorPE said:
    A budget would help:

    Here's a $950 system capable of adding a 2nd card later in SLI.

    Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207009
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $215 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $20 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    The GFX card is factory overclocked and guaranteed at the OC rate.


    This helps me. The only things I might change are the Graphics card to a 460 due to its cheaper and supports 3D, and the mobo .Newegg and Tiger don't seem to be in stock and everyone else wants too much for it. I also have an old mid tower that I was going to use. I thought Id make sure everything fit, then take everything out and mod it just a little bit. As for budget, I may be able to squeek out 850. But Id like to keep it as low as possible. Thanks for helping.
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