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April 13, 2011 7:11:53 AM

I am looking to upgrade my current machine in the next few months and I'm just trying to gather all the info I can to make the best decision. I had posted a planned new build almost a year ago! http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285486-31-planned-build

My PC is used for Gaming (Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Unreal III) and Graphic/Web Design (Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS5) Master Collection, Autodesk 3ds MAX 2010)

My current build is as follows:

• CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
• MOBO: Asus M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
• RAM: OCZ Vista Performance 4GB DDR2-800 (PC-6400) Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules) and Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400 4GB DDR2-800 (PC-6400) Desktop Memory Kit (Two 1GB Memory Modules)
• HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
• OS HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive
• Storage HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
• External HDD: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD400LD 400GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
• PSU: PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V
• GPU: 01G-P3-1373-TR GTX460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GTX460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
• Optical Drive: Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support - OEM
• Case: Cooler Master Storm Sniper Mid-Tower ATX
• Monitor: Acer X241W 24" Display 1920x1200 Resolution
I'm not fully sure which way I should go.

• CPU: Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor $199 @ Microcenter
• MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

or

• CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $279 @ Microcenter
• MOBO: P8P67 Deluxe R3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard

I'm thinking about adding an additional GTX460 Superclocked and possibly upgrading my PSU to thePC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS910 910W

I am also considering ponying up the $$$$ for the Apple LED Cinema Display (27" flat panel) with the additional cost of the adapter for my system, but that will be the end o the year if i do!!!

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April 13, 2011 3:11:18 PM

The i7 950 build is cheaper, how about that ^_^. Go with the 2600k build. It's faster even if you overclock both to the same speeds. The 2600k also has a bit more OC headroom it seems. Also, LGA1366 is at the end of the line so no reasonable CPU upgrades for you there. Of course, I don't know how long intel will keep LGA 1155 alive (1156 didn't last too long :p ) but at least there's some hope it will last a little longer and get a few more CPUs like Ivy Bridge. I'm guessing you're not too worried about the extra cost if you're thinking of buying a super expensive crapple display latter :D .
April 13, 2011 9:16:47 PM

megamanx00 said:
The i7 950 build is cheaper, how about that ^_^. Go with the 2600k build. It's faster even if you overclock both to the same speeds. The 2600k also has a bit more OC headroom it seems. Also, LGA1366 is at the end of the line so no reasonable CPU upgrades for you there. Of course, I don't know how long intel will keep LGA 1155 alive (1156 didn't last too long :p ) but at least there's some hope it will last a little longer and get a few more CPUs like Ivy Bridge. I'm guessing you're not too worried about the extra cost if you're thinking of buying a super expensive crapple display latter :D .



Well I really want to get a 30 inch(preferably the HP) but man 1200+ seems like so much more than $999 but then I guess when you factor in the price for the adapter since I'm not using a mac I guess it's a wash. What would you suggest or is 30" not an option in your opinion?? I'd love to have the 2500x1600 screen resolution when working with Photoshop or 3ds Max!


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