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Free 955BE rig vs new i5 rig need advice

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January 3, 2012 5:52:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (2/1/12-2/15/12)

Budget Range: (650-1100) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, WD 500g HD, 120mm fans)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com or cheaper sites)

Country: (USA west coast)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1200) thinking of getting a Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Additional Comments: I have AMD 955BE thinking of Over clocking or going for a new i5 chip. I just cant make up my mind. I use my computer for gaming (cant wait for D3) and watching movie. I have two builds in mind just looking for some feed back. First i am wondering if the 1st build would be a good balance CPU vs GPU? Second is the 1st build able to play on high settings for most games out or coming out soon @ 1900x1200. Third for $240 more is the 2nd build worth the boost in CPU? Also thoughts or changes you would make to the builds.

Build 1:
AMD 955BE OCed Free

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6950 1GB $239.99

COOLER MASTER HAF Mid Tower $59.99

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ $89.99

XFX Core Edition PRO850W $119.99 went with the 850w mite get a 2nd 6950 someday

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR31600 $48.99

OCZ Agility 3 90GB SATAIII $139.99

WD 500gb HD Free

XIGMATEK Gaia cpu cooler $29.99

total: $728.93 i know prices will change


Build 2:
COOLER MASTER HAF Mid Tower $59.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA1155 $124.99

XIGMATEK Gaia cpu cooler $29.99

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6950 1GB $239.99

XFX Core Edition PRO850W $119.99

Intel Core i5-2500 $209.99

OCZ Agility 3 90GB SATAIII $139.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB DDR31600 $43.99

WD 500gb HD Free

total: $968.92 i know prices will change

If i go with the 1st build down the road when ivory bridge comes out I can switch over to Intel when it come down in price. that means new MB but by then I will probably want a new one anyways. Thanks a lot to anyone that take your time to read this.

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January 9, 2012 11:28:40 PM

Im not really sure I am not an expert but it seems that you dont need the extra processing power for the games today
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January 10, 2012 3:01:45 PM

An I5 2500k with a Gtx 570 Will Max All The games you Want to play for 1 year , after that you can Get another one and do sli. If i were you i would wait a little, New Cpus and new gpus coming before may, All the prices are going to go down.
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