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January 23, 2012 10:31:08 PM

current computer
intel core2 quad @6600 at 3.4ghz
4gb geil black dragon ram
2x ati 5770 in crossfire
aprevia 680 watt psu
antec 900 case
2x 500gig harddrives in raid 0
2 lg dvd burners
3x 23in monitors


new build starting this week

core i7 2600k sandybridge (320$) the processor im going to get

budget is about 750usd

what i need to choose is
motherboard (prefer asus)
ram
and video card (needs to be ati so i can run 3 monitors in eyefinity)

anyone can help?

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January 23, 2012 10:35:47 PM

MSi z68a-GD80 (G3) mobo
8GB (2x4GB) G.SKILL RipjawsX 1600Mhz
SAPPHIRE HD 6950 (2GB) x2 in Crossfire or if it's a bit too much for you go with SAPPHIRE HD 6850/6870 1GB x2 in Crossfure, either of these 2 should be able to wipe the floor with any games in the market as well as other stuff too but if your just gaming and going to overclock, go with intel i5 2500K but if your not overclocking go with the intel i5 2400 (NON "K")
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January 23, 2012 10:59:39 PM

I wouldn't carryover that PSU with you to your new build.
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January 23, 2012 11:06:14 PM

i want the core i7 2600k due to a do alot of videos transcoding with a multithread converter i do plan to overclock to maybe 4ghz i feel this is enough for me.

yeah i hate my psu i only bought it because my old one went out and it was the shell shocker on newegg

whats a good psu?

6950 sounds good but probley will only go with only 1

and the MSi z68a-GD80 is a bit more than i want to spend on a board
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January 23, 2012 11:17:08 PM

Asrock is pretty futureproof. Asus p8z68 and gigabyte z68xp are good boards too.
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January 23, 2012 11:24:52 PM

Only if you're sure you want to spend that much on transcoding. The 2500K wouldn't be much slower, and it'd save you a ton of money that you could put toward other hardware. Either way, get to a Microcenter if you can. They have the 2500K for $180 and the 2600K for $280.
Assuming you can make Microcenter:
$180 2500K
$44 G. Skill Sniper 8gb 1600mhz RAM
$130 Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3
$330 Sapphire 2gb 6970
$75 OCZ ZS 750W: enough for 6970 Xfire in the future.

This is $759 after rebates, and it fits your needs pretty well. You can't do a good multi-monitor setup on $750 with a 2600K.
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January 23, 2012 11:48:57 PM

dang i think i'm getting talked out of the 2600k is it really not worth it or something?
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January 23, 2012 11:52:18 PM

Yep. It's worth it for people who do professional media work (video editing, CAD) and for whom money is little or no object. The 2500K should be plenty fast for your transcoding needs. It performs almost identically to the 2600K in gaming, and it'll allow you to do a decent gaming build as detailed above.
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January 24, 2012 12:34:43 AM

That would be nice, but it'll be pretty tough on $750.
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January 24, 2012 1:09:49 AM

ok ok so these are some selections of mine

2500k @ 4.5-4.7ghz 229$ (no microcenter close)

ati 6950 2gb 239$ (unlock with the shaders to match 6970)

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 129$

G. Skill Sniper 8gb 1600mhz RAM 44$

thats 641$ total so i would be under budget if i keep my psu but anyone know another good psu that will meet my needs i probley wont crossfire my card

and whats a good cheap cooler for this

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January 24, 2012 2:11:26 AM

Oh, it's $35 again? Excellent. It was $45 for a while. Go for that.

6950s do NOT reliably unlock to 6970s. The key word is reliably. You may well have good luck, but I've heard bad things about cards running badly, and I'd just spend the money on the real thing.

That combo RAM has annoyingly tall heatsinks, but you can just stick it in the outer slots for now. If you ever need 16gb, it should be cheap enough that it won't be a big deal.
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