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January 30, 2012 5:26:09 PM

Hello everyone i am trying to build a new computer and i am having troubles i have a nice compute but i want a little more i have a amd 965 x4 asus pro usb3 mobo xfx 650w psu 8gb of ram corsair h60 ati 6700 video card i want a new better gaming rig and i cant seam to find what im looking for so i turn to you guys

Budget Range: ( 500-1000) Before / After Rebates

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

Parts Not Required: ( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Power Supply Make xfx 650w edition,case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ( newegg.com, ncix.com tiger direct )

Country: (U.S.A Ohio)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Additional Comments: AMD Vs intel woot
January 30, 2012 6:23:28 PM

Well, here's my humble offering. First, imo there's really no value to going with an AMD system with their current offerings. Intel's Sandy Bridge outperforms them in every category. True All new AMD cpu's are unlocked, but even overclocked they struggle to keep up with Intel's stock models at a given price point.

CPU: Intel i5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is about the pinnacle of CPU's that aren't insanely expensive, and there's little value to going higher than this. If you're looking to save cash step down to an i5 2400, which isn't overclockable, but is also a good deal cheaper.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67x-UD3-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This P67 motherboard is SLI/XFire compatible, along with featuring SATA3/USB3 support.

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Priced cheaper than the good old GTX 460 these days, this is about as bang for your buck as you can get without stepping up to the 200+ dollar club. If you don't mind that, look at GTX 560ti's

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB(2x2) 1600 cas9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hey, it's ram. G.Skill is a solid manufacturer, 1600 is the optimal speed for Sandy Bridge, 4 gigs is enough for gaming, and the heat spreaders on Ripjaws are short enough to not interfere with most CPU coolers.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is about the most cost effective HDD you can get right now. There's really no way to avoid getting but-raped by the current HDD price. If you need 1tb of storage, the tb version of this same HDD is solid, though at a much higher price. If you can reuse the HDD from your old rig I would.

Burner: Sony 22x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You didn't mention having a burner, so here's one for 15 bucks.

Grand Total: 592 with most items having free shipping, and a free game of Dirt3 thrown in.

This is by no means a definitive list, as a lot comes down to personal preference, but hopefully this'll get you started.
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January 30, 2012 6:35:42 PM

i am sorry i forgot to say i have a 250gb hdd and a 60gb oc ssd but im going to buy everythign that you have listed and i plan on oc so the 2500k is what i will use
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