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April 6, 2012 2:33:44 AM

Okay guys, this will be my first build, and i was wondering if this looks good, or should i maybe upgrade to an I7 2600K? i really don't think it would be worth it, but i want someone elses opinion.

Purchase Date: Sometime in the next few months.


Budget Range: $900-$1300, the closet to $1,000 the better.


Planned System Usage: Gaming, video Editing, Web browsing, file uploads, part-time Minecraft server, Virtual Machines.



Also I don't NEED a new keyboard and mouse, but if anyone has a good idea of some pretty cheap gaming Keyboards or Mice, i would love that. and i have a perfectly good Monitor.


I would like to use Newegg.

Country: U.S. of A.


Overclocking: Maybe.



SLI or Crossfire: Not planning on it.



Monitor Resolution: 1600X900.



I would like airflow, upgrade-ability, (maybe i should wait for Ivy Bridge?), and a decent Mid-range graphics card for gaming.



This is what i was thinking of at the moment.


Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115230 I5 2550K

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 ASROCK extreme3 Gene 3 Z68 chipset mobo

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012 Corsair pro series 650W modular PSU

Data Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 WD caviar Black 1TB

Boot Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 Mushkin Chronos 120Gb SSD

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563 XFX Radeon 6870 2GB

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 Antec 900

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ASUS CD/DVD burner/reader multidrive.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit: 99.99 (downloaded Windows 8 Consumer Preview, SPOILER ALERT- It sucks.)

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 G.SKILL Ripjaws X series PC3 1600 DDR3 SDRAM

GRAND TOTAL: $1263.89

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April 6, 2012 2:39:42 AM

If it's not a big deal waiting, I would just wait for Ivy Bridge.

Oh, don't get the 6870, if you're going 220$ on a GPU, just step it up to the 7850.
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April 6, 2012 2:52:10 AM

Yeah, I'm with Gary, it sounds like you've already thought of waiting so you're not in a rush to get this built. Here's one report of a 15% speed increase between Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPU's and graphics seem to be the big boost between the two.

http://www.kitguru.net/components/stephen-dougherty/ivy...


You could either build a Z68/Gen3 system that can use an Ivy Bridge CPU (providing Intel doesn't change pin count for Socket 1155), or Get a Z77 board and grab an i5 and give Ivy Bridge time to mature and upgrade, or just wait altogether and see what kind of promotions will be around to get people excited about it.
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April 6, 2012 2:59:32 AM

gary1 said:
If it's not a big deal waiting, I would just wait for Ivy Bridge.

Oh, don't get the 6870, if you're going 220$ on a GPU, just step it up to the 7850.


hmm okay, i think i will stick with the majority of my build, just wait for Ivy Bridge, and made the 6870 the 7850. after the benchmark results you are right. the little price bump is worth is from the 6870 to 7850. thanks
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April 6, 2012 3:10:14 PM

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