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May 7, 2012 9:57:11 AM

Should i go for
i5-2500k - http://ark.intel.com/products/52210
LGA1155 iZ68 Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...
ati 6850 1gb - http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...

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phenom x4 965 BE
Sabertooth 990FX - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/SABERTOOTH...
ati 7850 2gb

I'm planing on keeping this pc for next couple of years...

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May 7, 2012 10:23:19 AM

I would go for the i5, both are good CPUs but the i5 is more promising overall, also upgrade the 6850 to a 6870, the difference in cost if you shop around vs. the improvement is worth the investment.

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May 7, 2012 11:11:46 AM
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I would go with the i5,it's better although the phenom x4 965 BE is nice as well but as Jorgey88 mentioned the i5 is more promising overall, also You be better off getting two GTX 460 for sli tigerdirect has them for $99.99 each http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... it be worth the little extra cost over the 6850 performance wise but if you can't swing it you could get Radeon HD 6870 $173.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... the improvement is worth the investment.
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May 7, 2012 11:41:47 AM

The HD 7850 build, you'll see a bigger performance difference with the GPU than the CPU.
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May 7, 2012 11:58:18 AM

yummerzzz said:
The HD 7850 build, you'll see a bigger performance difference with the GPU than the CPU.
I would have to agree with that also the sabertooth motherboard comes with 5 Years Warranty* ;) 
May 7, 2012 11:59:51 AM

Do you NEED a motherboard with tonnes of features? because you could save a bit of money by buying a mid range motherboard. I'd say get the 2nd build, as 99% of the time it's the GPU holding back the gaming performance. (the I5's extra power would be wasted, as the gaming performance would be held back by the 6850)

maybe look at getting a more mid range motherboard, and spending the extra money on a better CPU.
May 8, 2012 7:57:10 PM

Tnx for help, i'm gonna get the i5 with Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 mobo, and w8 a couple of months to get better gpu. Gonna use my old 8800gt in the meantime.
May 8, 2012 7:58:28 PM

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