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$1000 upgrade [customize my pc!]

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December 6, 2011 8:40:44 PM

Hello fellow builders! I am going to upgrade my system this winter and was looking for some opinions on some parts.
I have $1000 to spend and i don't need a PSU or a dvd drive. I *could* use a new case but isn't that needed.

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December 6, 2011 9:09:00 PM

Are you upgrading, or are you building a totally new system with an old PSU and DVD drive? If you're upgrading, we'll need all your specs; if you're just salvaging those parts, we'll still need to know the PSU model.
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December 7, 2011 8:28:11 AM

Case: Choose one you like
CPU: i5 2500k (~$225)
Mobo: ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (~$125)
Cooler: Hyper 212+ (~$26) or Hyper 212 EVO (~$35)
RAM: Corsair Veng Low Profile DDR3 1600mhz (~$50)
GPU: HIS HD 6870 (~$190) or EVGA GTX 560 Ti (~$250)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM or Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM (~$140)
PSU: Already Owned (will be able to support SLI/CF for the two GPUs i stated)
ROM: Already owned (if you want a new one it will only cost about $20)
OS: Win7 (~$100)

To help with GPUs if you want to upgrade it more you can look at this benchmark:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/188
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December 7, 2011 8:53:13 AM

go with a 6950 2gb instead of the 560 ti.. imo
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December 7, 2011 8:58:49 AM

^ why?
u don't even know dudes resolution ... and what if all he does is plays Civ V ?
:) 
go for 560 Ti 448
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December 7, 2011 9:29:31 AM

since he hasnt given us all the info we needed we can only come up with suggested builds of what is most balanced. I was thinking of the GTX 565 (yes thats what Im going to call it screw all those numbers :p ) but if he wants to SLI in the future it would probably be too difficult to get it
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December 7, 2011 11:52:18 AM

True but oced I don't think ull need to sli. Just upgrade to gtx 666 :-)
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December 7, 2011 1:44:01 PM

I am running a 1080p monitor at 120hz. And i forgot to say i have a after market cooler buuut it doesn't support LGA 1155. :(  It's the thermaltake frio. Also i was planning on using an SSD for a boot drive + some games. Newegg has a deal on the corsair GT 60gb for ~$110. The games im planning on playing are battlefeild 3 and COD and of course MINECRAFT!
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December 7, 2011 4:01:34 PM

Too bad that's a nice cooler
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December 7, 2011 5:21:10 PM

Yeah... well i have thought about going for AMD and getting the 1090t cause then my cooler would work with it. And i would save some cash! and maybe then i could get dual 560's or 6850/70's. Also why buy the 6870 when you can buy the 6850 aand OC it to a 6870's specs?!?.

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December 7, 2011 7:52:42 PM

What's your overall budget? That's what matters here.
Heatsinks are so cheap ($25 for a decent one) that they should have no impact on your CPU choice.
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December 7, 2011 11:05:23 PM

2500K's definitely worth it at that price point.
Those will all work well, but they're pretty expensive. Practically all cases over $60 will work fine, and many under that will too. Just choose by stylistic preference.
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December 8, 2011 3:44:19 AM

Do u have micro center close by
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December 8, 2011 1:57:06 PM

No i'm from Wisconsin. :D  unless i can order one online?
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December 8, 2011 7:41:56 PM

Some Microcenter items will ship, and a few will not.
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December 8, 2011 9:18:49 PM

I dont even know what micro center is. o.o
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December 8, 2011 9:27:16 PM

Is Zotac a good GPU brand? Also what would be faster a GTX560 ti or a 6950?
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December 8, 2011 9:37:12 PM

They're very close. Nvidia often has better drivers, so that's the way I'd go, but if you can get a deal on a 6950, go for it.
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December 8, 2011 11:33:27 PM

NCIX has some good deals on a 6950 for like $250. I'll look into the gtx560 ti.
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December 8, 2011 11:46:32 PM

The MSI Twin Frozr 560 Ti is $220 after rebate.
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December 9, 2011 12:14:39 AM

O.O must buy.. but will it play Battlefield 3 on ultra/high?
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December 9, 2011 1:56:21 AM

Ive been hearing that a 6950 clocked at a 6970 will run BF3 on ultra. but then again i can live with out *ultra*. :p 
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December 9, 2011 1:57:21 AM

It'll "run" it at 40 fps, maybe, but IMO it's worth having lower settings on to get a fairly consistent 60fps. Ultra includes AA etc.
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December 9, 2011 3:24:01 AM

Ahh i see. ill just go with the gtx560 for $220.
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December 9, 2011 11:52:09 PM

it's ok .. also for that price range I would recommend going with HD6870
if u can bump it up a little more - 560Ti
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December 10, 2011 1:40:40 AM

they are nice too and u have a chance to unlock it to 6970 ..
some games optimized for nvidia rather then ATI
out of those 3 Sapphire would be the best choice
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December 10, 2011 3:14:49 AM

560 Ti's just about the same. Get whichever's cheaper.
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December 10, 2011 4:25:40 AM

I would change the motherboard to a Z68 type of the same price, since the Z68 is a combination of the P67 and H67 why not plus with the ability to easily hookup a SSD is a bonus as well.
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December 10, 2011 12:30:46 PM

Okay ill look at some z69 mobo's later today. gotta work =l
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December 10, 2011 2:36:36 PM

^Wrong on the SSD, unfortunately. Intel's SSD caching just doesn't work very well.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-z68-express-s...
It's better to manage your own data, putting media on the HDD and apps on the SSD.
It's just as easy to use an SSD as a normal drive on P67 as it is on Z68.
All that said, ASRock's Z68 Extreme3 is $125, which is pretty sweet.
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December 10, 2011 9:41:40 PM

Wait... so dont get p67 or does it matter!?!?!?!? I'm confused.
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December 10, 2011 11:37:21 PM

It doesn't really matter. I'd personally go with the Z68 Extreme3 just because it's cheaper.
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December 11, 2011 2:36:23 AM

Asrock z68 is weak board
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December 11, 2011 2:37:00 AM

Evidence, please.
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December 11, 2011 2:41:15 AM

Look on hardocp for review. It's a poor ocer with only 4 phases, poor layout and only 1 year warranty
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December 11, 2011 2:44:54 AM

Hm. They hate the Extreme4. I suppose it would be reasonable to expect the Extreme3 to be worse. OK then.
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December 11, 2011 11:08:36 PM

What about the 1090t?
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December 12, 2011 1:15:52 AM

Yep.
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December 12, 2011 3:28:20 PM

I got the gigabyte board because it had good reviews :) . If you're looking for a micro-atx board, however, I don't believe it will work for you ;)  (unless you mistakenly linked an Asus micro-atx)
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December 12, 2011 4:16:51 PM

from those two go for Gigabyte
but ultimately Asus P8Z68-V pro/gen3
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December 12, 2011 5:26:47 PM

Okay thanks ill post a full list of all my parts and see what you guys think. [cant right now in school ;)  ]
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