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May 6, 2011 3:44:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 Weeks

Budget Range: $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.CA

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1600X1200, or 1600X1050

Additional Comments: Need a PC able to play Battlefield 3, with some future proof items.

1 x Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

1 x Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2PCI-E16 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3

1 x G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN DIMM Memory

1 x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD SC Fermi 797MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card (May get another one)

1 x Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU

1 x XFX 850W PRO850W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

1 x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

1 x LG GH24NS50 24X Super Multi SATA DVD Writer OEM Black


Suggestions are welcome, and appreciated.

More about : 1300 dollar build

May 6, 2011 4:00:04 AM

Looks like you got it all figured out. If I may, that PSU is a bit overkill. You should be fine with a 750w. And what's up with the CPU fan?
May 6, 2011 4:04:04 PM

Aha, sorry, I was too lazy to edit the paste, so I just submitted it. Also, will I need to buy an aftermarket cooler, or should my Haf 922, and Stock Cooler be fine? Even to OC and possibly SLI.
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May 6, 2011 4:18:53 PM

You can overclock a 2500k up to around 4GHz on stock cooling. You want to go any higher and you need an aftermarket cooler like the Hyper 212+.
May 6, 2011 4:30:24 PM

hyper 212+ is very affordable
May 6, 2011 9:10:40 PM

I'm thinking about getting the main computer now, and upgrading things like coolers after. There's no need for me to get a water cooler right?
May 6, 2011 9:39:15 PM

nah, the hyper 212 plus is an air cooler and is only like $30
May 6, 2011 10:25:20 PM

And you can get a CPU cooler later, don't worry about it. It's not something you need right away.
May 7, 2011 4:50:32 AM

I don't know if I should wait until November. I really wonder how the prices will shift from here and November.
May 7, 2011 4:54:04 AM

Well, there will be better processors then, mainly the Ivy bridge, and Sandy bridge E series. And of course Bulldozer!
May 7, 2011 4:55:16 AM

Do you suggest I wait, or shall I get it soon?
May 7, 2011 5:13:33 AM

Honestly, it depends how bad you need a new pc. If it were me, I'd wait until at least Bulldozer, which is coming in a month they say. Sandy bridge CPU's are very good, but nothing is future proof. Yeah, I would wait until bulldozer at least.
May 7, 2011 5:14:29 AM

The bulldozer is an AMD card right?
May 7, 2011 5:33:07 AM

No, it's the new line of CPU's AMD's been cooking up. Leaks say that they are gonna be something to watch.
May 7, 2011 6:40:01 AM

Alright. I guess I can wait another month.
May 7, 2011 1:18:13 PM

Well you can always wait but then there is also always something better, which will also cost more. Benefit is the build listed would be much cheaper then. Look how many folks waited for the Sandy Bridge, then it came out then quess what they had to wait some more due to recall. Myself I hate to be the first in line(read as guinea pig)with new anything. I like to see how things work first, which requires waiting.. then quess what there is a new something else-it is endless game of wait and see
May 7, 2011 1:45:24 PM

Don't get me wrong I like AMD alot but we don't know a whole lot about the Bulldozer. AMD is usually pretty good with testing before release though but the release date is also just a projection. I also have not had an AMD since the release of the Athlon, I bought it with some of the $ I make investing in AMD(doubled my $). It's just that right now they are behind in performace but I think it's still a more dependable rig. The Intel SB is like the red headed step child(old saying) good sometimes but a nightmare others, I just hope the mobo issues are all worked out
May 7, 2011 3:25:01 PM

At this time, I am not sure to wait, or go for it.
Knowing myself, I will break down and go for one soon.
May 7, 2011 3:49:14 PM

At least wait until Monday to see if the z68 boards are released on time.. whole new batch of benchmarks to be done!
May 7, 2011 4:27:29 PM

taintedducky said:
At this time, I am not sure to wait, or go for it.
Knowing myself, I will break down and go for one soon.


To be honest I'm in the same boat. I'm on the fence on a I7-2600K build using ASUS P67 Deluxe Mobo. For some reason this SandyBridge chip worries me. It just seems with the recall and also the higher than normal(maybe) number of mobo problems that there still could be a problem. I have heard others say they think they maybe contributed to the SB and not so much the mobo manf.s I just don't know enough about this stuff to make an educated quess, I just know what I see and hear. I just know if it is a problem(SB) then AMD is going to get a huge market share with the Dozer if it works as anticipated.
I usually go with my gut feeling and researches on purchases and I feel abit uneasy for some reason. I just hope for SB folks that this is not a revist to the early 90's with the Pentium bugs, I remeber it well as I bought AMD stock around July 92 (for $3 and change per share) and sold around 1 year later near $14 P/S. First ever investment and all done on gut feeling
May 7, 2011 4:38:13 PM

cmadrid said:
At least wait until Monday to see if the z68 boards are released on time.. whole new batch of benchmarks to be done!


Hey cmadrid Hows it going,

But if we wait till monday and they come out then how long till find out if they are any good(dependability wise). I just want to buy something, but also want something that I'm pretty sure is going to be solid for several years. Not something that may be recalled(again) or have to replace a mobo in a couple years. Also who knows this SB could be the last Intel chip using the 1155
May 7, 2011 4:56:14 PM

If you use your SB computer for a few years then decide you need something new you will probably be getting all new hardware anyway, they just announced major architecture advancements for transistors for chips
May 7, 2011 5:13:44 PM

cmadrid said:
If you use your SB computer for a few years then decide you need something new you will probably be getting all new hardware anyway, they just announced major architecture advancements for transistors for chips


That's just it, in a few years I may want to upgrade. Like maybe even a new cpu and add another gpu, not rebuild again. There should be no reason a mobo can't last 5 or so years if not totally overheated. I quess a that point I could get away with a CPU and mobo as the rest of the equip(ssd,hdd,gpu,psu) should still be good. The other thing is, I'm still not convinced these P67 boards are anygood(durable) to last 5 years if I need it to. The machine I have now,granted it's slow but I have been using since 2003(8 years). That's almost unheard of these days.
May 7, 2011 5:27:25 PM

Most of the 'durable' boards have components rated for 10 years and 3 year warranties.. I'm not sure exactly what more you can expect
May 7, 2011 5:54:10 PM

I'm sticking with this board, since it can SLI/Crossfire well.
May 7, 2011 11:41:39 PM

taintedducky said:
I'm sticking with this board, since it can SLI/Crossfire well.


Well I hope that Giga took care of there issues as they had some bad batches of UD3 boards. If you want Giga and can swing the UD7 then that may be better and pretty durable as it uses a 24 phase power. I know the Asus P67 Pro has 12+2 and the Deluxe has 16+2. The higher the phase/power usually helps durability

"Phases the More Phases = Lower Load = Longevity. 4+1 @ 80%, 8+2 @ 40%, 12+2 27%, etc...the GA...UD7 is 24 16%. Light bulb analogy - which lasts longer a bulb @ 80% or 27%?? " jaquith quote

here is a link that has some reviews of the Asus, if you read part way into the intro there is a link for a couple Giga boards also
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1973

Thank You jaquith for some of this info and quote
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