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Bulldozer or Intel i5k? Review my $1000 build please.

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October 9, 2011 6:08:51 AM

Which one is better!? Im confused is it worth the wait for bulldozer or should I stick with my intel core i5-2500k?

And Is this a good build for $1000?

Parts Not needed - OS, Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse.

Budget - $800 - $1000

Preferred sites - Newegg (I will buy from anyway though)

Location - USA

Whats the set up for? - BF3, CoD, Blender Modeling, HD youtube videos, Movies, Facebook, etc (Daily stuff)
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Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Graphics
HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan
NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Network Adapter
Rosewill RNX-EasyN1 Wireless-N 4.0 Dongle (1T1R) IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) WPS PIN, PBC (Hardware WPS Button) QoS-WMM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



TOTAL - $956.90 + $11.10 (shipping)

GRAND TOTAL - $968.00
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Please take a look at my network adapter im curios if it will be enough to play BF3 online.
October 9, 2011 6:18:41 AM

There's no way bulldozer will have anywhere near as good performance per clock cycle as a 2500k. Games that can utilize more than 4 cores are still very rare at best- I don't see how a bulldozer is going to compete really.

2500k is gold and will last a long time with a solid overclock.

I can vouch that the motherboard is a good choice I have an extreme4 gen3 and it has served me very well so far.
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October 9, 2011 6:20:51 AM

Bulldozer? Don't know. I haven't seen any benchmarks on production systems. An i5-K is at least a known quantity.
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October 9, 2011 6:30:44 AM

Should I go with an extreme 4 gen 3? since is basically $10 more.
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October 9, 2011 7:15:49 AM

Can anyone please try to find combo deals with the same parts or your preferred parts. The cheaper the better without missing out on the performance.
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