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September 28, 2011 4:25:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks

Budget Range: $1000-$1300 (but only if it is a significant increase over $1000)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Case, mouse, keyboard, speakers, sound card, HDD, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type nope

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: No matter how much money I spend I always go for value while getting as much performance.



First GFX(which is better?) - MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Second GFX - EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I am building a computer where money isn't too much an issue. Although I don't think it's justifiable to spend another $150 to get a slightly better graphics card, so I am trying to get a top of line PC without spending unnecessarily too much. I have two graphics cards and I am not sure which one to get. One I hear is loud but faster and the other is cheaper but almost as good. I have a case and hard drive already. How does everything look?

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September 28, 2011 4:34:16 AM

please give your current specs and what do you mean by money isn't a problem?can spend $5k?.well thats bullshit and i am just joking.so please sir with all due respect
kindly fill the form provided by toms "how to ask"
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September 28, 2011 4:39:26 AM

Sorry, I pretty much only use these forums when I make a new computer. That was definitely not there last time I posted.
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September 28, 2011 4:39:59 AM

Ctrl + V

Wait for Bulldozer before purchasing ANY motherboard or CPU, it will change pricing for Intel and AMD alike, most things will come down in price.

if money is no option then why ONLY get 2 570's? and an i5?

id prob go an 850 w psu just to be safe and give overclocking headroom


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September 28, 2011 4:44:09 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
Ctrl + V

Wait for Bulldozer before purchasing ANY motherboard or CPU, it will change pricing for Intel and AMD alike, most things will come down in price.





i read your Ctrl + V thing more than 3 times and i support you coz the release of bulldozer will "force" intel to drop sandy bridge prices i think so!!!!!
by the way keep up your "Ctrl + V" thing and this is going to help a lot people on toms!@!!@!@@@!@! :sol: 
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September 28, 2011 4:44:24 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
Ctrl + V

Wait for Bulldozer before purchasing ANY motherboard or CPU, it will change pricing for Intel and AMD alike, most things will come down in price.

if money is no option then why ONLY get 2 570's? and an i5?

id prob go an 850 w psu just to be safe and give overclocking headroom

I mean I have a budget, but I don't want to waste money on a PC that I won't utilize fully. Nor do I want to spend an extra couple hundred on a graphics card too get a 2 FPS boost in a game. What is bulldozer?
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September 28, 2011 4:51:00 AM

Amd's new architecture, due out any day now :-)
Moto
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September 28, 2011 4:55:56 AM

The waiting game? I hate that. I guess I can wait though, is this like a real any day now or could it be months?
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September 28, 2011 5:02:02 AM

its like all gaming build threads are "wait, bulldozers could be coming". Better be effin comming, the only reason why im not building a new pc.
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September 28, 2011 5:06:05 AM

Is this a pretty big price drop? Because it seems like there is always a price drop coming from some piece of hardware every 2 months or so.
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September 28, 2011 5:23:50 AM

Bulldoser is AMD's new technology in CPU's, Zambezi is their code name for the desktop version of the processor.

yes it will be a drop worth waiting for.

I'm glad someone notices my Ctrl + V's im posting everywhere. :) 
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September 28, 2011 7:45:36 AM

Fizban140 said:
I mean I have a budget, but I don't want to waste money on a PC that I won't utilize fully. Nor do I want to spend an extra couple hundred on a graphics card too get a 2 FPS boost in a game. What is bulldozer?

Bulldozer is a AMD cpu series that's been talked about for a well over a year now, and some peeps have waited that long. Iv'e seen peeps on here telling others to hold off on building and wait Bulldozer since Sandy Bridge was first released last January. If you want a build, then you should do a build. Let the rest of these peeps hold their breath for another year.

Set a budget/build limit ($$$$) for this build and I or someone else will post one on here for you.
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September 28, 2011 1:05:54 PM

I am a little apprehensive about placing a budget actually. I mean I have more money to spend but I only want to spend it if it would be worth it. I don't ever have a budget when I buy things, I just buy the best piece of equipment that I can before I feel the prices get too ridiculous for increased performance.
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September 28, 2011 1:12:06 PM

dont set a fixed budget as such then, just an upper limit, **NOT more than £$XXX**
that way we know the limits and dont buy you 6x 42" screens :p 
it'll help to have that because then folks can throw a build up without you saying, oh thats too much for xxx component or other, makes the whole thing faster/easier for everyone
Moto
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September 28, 2011 1:50:34 PM

umm, I think some folks missed their coffee this morning ;)  ..
op stated a Budget of
$1000 -1300

I think some peeps misread the add'l comments about money being no object ..op said , he goes for value for performance i.e. best bang for the buck

soo its a $1000 , maybe an extra $300 ..IF the boost is gonna be worth it ..(I know , I know ..subjective 'values' and all that) ..soo I would shoot for the $1000 limit ..and leave the $300 for the "Might be SLI or Xfire" option .. just imho ..not trying to knock anyone else's post ..
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September 28, 2011 2:09:01 PM

ltrazaklt said:
umm, I think some folks missed their coffee this morning ;)  ..
op stated a Budget of
$1000 -1300

I think some peeps misread the add'l comments about money being no object ..op said , he goes for value for performance i.e. best bang for the buck

soo its a $1000 , maybe an extra $300 ..IF the boost is gonna be worth it ..(I know , I know ..subjective 'values' and all that) ..soo I would shoot for the $1000 limit ..and leave the $300 for the "Might be SLI or Xfire" option .. just imho ..not trying to knock anyone else's post ..

Sorry for the confusion, I edited in the 1300 part.
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September 28, 2011 7:14:35 PM

^ was just going to say Op edited that in lol, and I work nights so its alcohol at 7am for me, not coffee :p 
but at least it gives an idea of budget now :) 
Moto
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September 28, 2011 7:34:40 PM

Here's everything including Windows 7. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $683.98 - $35.00 Mail In Rebates
CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply
MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $304.98 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $26.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $51.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $67.48 $5 off w/ promo code EMCKAHH23, ends 9/28
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <---- PCI-E 3.0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same case on newegg
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September 29, 2011 3:33:32 PM

a 1050w PSU is not required for SLI i guess lol so thats a bit if waste lol.
the gfx is exellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Azza solano 1000 is also a tough or maybe better (IMO) competitor for 400r cause it has large number of fans and HAF(high air flow)@$99

For mobo -
this is a good choice
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU is good,HSF is good (better go for push pull)
RAM is good too
other things look good !@!@!@
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September 29, 2011 5:55:08 PM

Man that PSU is expensive, how much would I need for SLI?
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September 29, 2011 6:03:00 PM

I disagree about waiting for Bulldozer. Sure, prices will go down but not drastically in my opinion. It depends what is important to you... save a few bucks months down the line and have nothing until then VS buying something within your budget that you will be happy with. I considered waiting but with technology there will always be something new coming out. If you are constantly waiting then you will never get anything!

The exception of course is if you actually want Bulldozer. :p 

/mini rant lol
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September 29, 2011 6:36:02 PM

I agree ARchamps, does anyone really know when bulldozer will come out? I mean if it was going to come out soon you would expect a lot more press about it than there is. It feels like it is still months away.
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September 29, 2011 6:49:40 PM

i think the new date is like october 10th
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