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Future proof $500-$700

Hi guys,

It's time for an upgrade to the rig - some of the parts I got free because of credit card points from A**zon...

Approximate Purchase Date: by the end of April, maybe even may, depending on prices...

Budget Range: $500-700 for remaining parts - see below... I want something that's gonna be snappy for the next 3-4 years...

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Use, Gaming, Some Video Editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PSU, Case,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter, amazon.com, ncix.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: For the Mobo, I'm used to ASUS, but willing to go with ASRock or even some other brand, as long as it has a USB3 header on the board...

Overclocking: Yes - absolutely

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - absolutely

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for now, maybe upgrading next year or so to 2560x1400 - we'll see...

Additional Comments: Like I said, I want to get a mobo, cpu, cooler, ram, for about $500-700, and perhaps upgrade my 2x6850s when prices are right... but I'm gonna get them a piece at a time... I'm willing to let this process take a month or two even


Current parts collected:

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Free)

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Free)

VIDEO CARD: 2x SAPPHIRE 100315-2GL Radeon HD 6850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (previous build)

SSD: Kingston HyperX SH100S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Needed parts:

Motherboard

CPU

RAM

DVD Drive

-Thanks for your help guys!
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  1. UberJoeMachine said:
    Hi guys,

    It's time for an upgrade to the rig - some of the parts I got free because of credit card points from A**zon...

    Approximate Purchase Date: by the end of April, maybe even may, depending on prices...

    Budget Range: $500-700 for remaining parts - see below... I want something that's gonna be snappy for the next 3-4 years...

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Use, Gaming, Some Video Editing

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PSU, Case,

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter, amazon.com, ncix.com

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: For the Mobo, I'm used to ASUS, but willing to go with ASRock or even some other brand, as long as it has a USB3 header on the board...

    Overclocking: Yes - absolutely

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes - absolutely

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for now, maybe upgrading next year or so to 2560x1400 - we'll see...

    Additional Comments: Like I said, I want to get a mobo, cpu, cooler, ram, for about $500-700, and perhaps upgrade my 2x6850s when prices are right... but I'm gonna get them a piece at a time... I'm willing to let this process take a month or two even


    Current parts collected:

    CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Free)

    PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Free)

    VIDEO CARD: 2x SAPPHIRE 100315-2GL Radeon HD 6850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (previous build)

    SSD: Kingston HyperX SH100S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Needed parts:

    Motherboard

    CPU

    RAM

    DVD Drive

    -Thanks for your help guys!



    MOBO- ASUS P8Z68 PRO -179-199 (depends on sales)
    RAM- Corsair Vengence 2x4 (8gb) - 45
    CPU- 2500k - 220 (OC it to 4.5 to 4.7)
    DVD- ASUS 24x DVD RW- 20
    CPU Fan- Coolermaster 520n- 40 (what I use to get a 4.6 OC on my 2500k)


    That comes out to about 500, giving you 200 to buy some games or whatnot.
  2. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5yoT

    From everything I have read this is about the best you can get for your money @ around $400 without the video card and from what I am reading the board will support the new ivy bridge due out this year i think. I know your currently running radeon in sli but from everything shown here on Toms the 560 448 core is a beast and you could upgrade to a second later for great sli. Otherwise maybe go for the Radeon 6950.

    Hope this helps. The benchmarks put intel i5/7 sandy bridge way above the rest. (sorry amd you know i love you)
  3. 6850 crossfire should run anything at ultra so no point "upgrading" to a 560.

    I'd say get an ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 for 130, 2500K for 220, 8 GB ram for 50, a cooler for <=50 and you're at ca. 450. Add a DVD and a SSD - use your 2x 1TB for storage.
  4. hello op


    u have a big budget for these components i leave it to ur choice


    motherboard :

    ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700

    the best motherboard you can get out there

    OR

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271


    Processor :

    Intel
    Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    Ram :

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186


    DVD:

    ASUS 24x DVD RW


    total (asus mobo) = $530 :D

    OR

    total (asrock mobo) = $370 :sol:
  5. I appreciate the help, guys - the ASRock board would've been great, except it doesn't have a USB3 header - I'll think about that Maximus IV Board - @serial... Is P67 compatible with Ivy - I was leaning toward Z68...

    I was wondering how this AsRock was - just to keep prices down -

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    Guess it's not worth it to wait for Ivy, eh? only 5-15% IPC increase than SB according to some reviews.

    Hmm... Those 448s do look good, but I'll wait for Kepler just around the corner - I'll see what that does to new generation Gfx prices.

    Appreciate the help guys...
  6. yes the p67 is compatible with ive bridge

    if u want usb 3.0 header then get the extreme4
  7. Best answer
    CHOOSE THESE MOBO IF U DON'T WANT ASUS

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    $209.99
    $189.99 after mail-in rebate card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128507

    EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

    $259.99
    $229.99 after mail-in rebate card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188098

    ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    $259.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

    :D
  8. Thanks! :)
  9. Best answer selected by UberJoeMachine.
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