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September 8, 2011 1:21:00 AM

HI Folks,

I've been checking Tom's for sometime, its that time to build a new system. My Current E8400 (3.0) 4GB RAM , 1TB HDD, 9800GT GPU. 700w PSU. w/ Samsung 24" 2253bw (8000:1) 2ms. I do have a preference for Intel/Nvidia. The debate rages on.

Best Bangs for bucks?
I5 - 2500k = $230
I7 - 960 = $300.00

Heatsink?

RAM: Now I'm planning on using 1600 Ram...given that the variance between it and 1333 is small, but this could change?

Motherboards I'm totally confused on. I mean does it really make a big difference? Aside from matching cpu to socket?

GPU: I'm debating on the value....the heaviest thing I play is WoW. Maybe Diablo III when it kicks out. But the biggest monitor I'm considering is a 27" Asus ve278Q, but even the monitor has a max res of 1920x1080, 10M:1, 2 ms response. But when I review the GPU's they can all surpass that resolution. Also I get confused with the minor variances here's what I mean? At what point does the increase in GPU performance vs Cost create a diminishing return.

http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55... Asus 560 DC II 1GB $185
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55... Asus 560 TI 1GB $230
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55... Asus 570 DC II 1280mb $325
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55... Asus 570 2DI 1280mb $330
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55... Asus 580 DC II 1536mb $470
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55... Asus 580 2DI 1GB $520

By the way, I'm up in Canada :) ).


Thanks for your input?

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September 8, 2011 2:38:10 AM

For gaming there is no difference between the i5-2500K and the i7-2600K. The difference is hyperthreading and as of right now games aren't heavily multithreaded so it won't make a difference.

The stock heatsink on the sandy bridge processors are pretty bad but they do a fine job of cooling the processor at stock settings. However, they are very loud. You'll want a replacement if you're overclocking or if you find yourself annoyed by the noise. There are plenty of choices but the fan favorite is the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 for $40 on newegg.ca (you shouldn't use newegg in canada - there are better deals plenty of places):
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

You should definitely use 1600 RAM. If nothing else, only because it's usually about the same price. 8GB in your price range should be about right.

Motherboards do make a difference. There are nuances in how the power is delivered and how the data is distributed among the components, and some other things. However many users won't notice a big difference except in features and reliability of manufacturer - you can look up the littler details for yourself. Support is important for both troubleshooting and for RMA. My favorite manufacturer is ASUS (although I get a lot of argument here) and the ASUS P8Z68-V line is really nice. However the motherboard that I've found has the most features for the price is the ASRock Rev3 Extreme3. It has PCIe 3.0 for a future upgrade to ivy bridge, it supports x8/x8 mode for future sli/crossfire, and it's cheaper. The port cluster is not that exciting and there's no usb 3.0 header on the board, though.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Basically whichever of those cards will fit in your budget is the one that you want. At your resolution and your price range, I recommend the 560ti.
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September 18, 2011 2:57:02 AM

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