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March 12, 2012 5:48:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 03-20-2012

Budget Range: $1500-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (battlefield 3, Left 4 Dead primarily), virtual machines (testing things for work), surfing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, optical drive, power supply (current PSU Corsair 1200W), monitor, operating system

Country: USA

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: SLI, maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1900x1200 (yes, I have a 16:10 24" IPS) :) 

Motherboard: Asus P9X79 PRO

CPU: Intel i7 3930K

Memory: Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB) CML16GX3M4A1600C9B (need extra memory for virtual machines)

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D

Video: (2) 1GB GTX 460's in SLI ??? Seems cheaper and faster than a single 580? I already have a Radeon 5850 but looking to upgrade. Better off adding another 5850 and go Crossfire?

SSD: Intel 520 series 120GB (system drive, stability over speed any day)

HDD: 1TB WD Black SATA. I have a NAS box at home for backups and to offload things when needed.

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March 12, 2012 5:51:43 PM

Don't buy 460 is old technology. You can buy one powerfull card and add another one in the future. Buy a 7950 , 7970 both are better than 580 and can be overclocked verry good.
Your build look great.
March 12, 2012 5:57:16 PM

If you're not going to OC, don't get a k unlocked CPU. Drop down to an i7-2600 and change the mobo accordingly. Sell your 5850 and use the $ saved from the CPU and MOBO to get a Radeon 7970.
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March 12, 2012 6:10:06 PM

azeem40 said:
If you're not going to OC, don't get a k unlocked CPU. Drop down to an i7-2600 and change the mobo accordingly. Sell your 5850 and use the $ saved from the CPU and MOBO to get a Radeon 7970.


So there's not much difference in real-world speed between sandy bridge-e and sandy bridge? I was looking at the 3930k because is has 6 cores and I run a lot of VM's. I'm not sure how much extra cores help with VM's though.
March 12, 2012 6:16:22 PM

I am not sure either, but I am sure HT would help just as much. It is also cheaper so you can get more GPU power for games and it should also help with your VMs.
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