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April 15, 2012 3:22:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 3 Weeks

Budget Range: 600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Some Photoshop, Games (Diablo 3, LOL, SC2)

Parts Not Required: Video Card And Power Supply, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:none

Overclocking: Maybe (if its not to difficult)

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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Here is my power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a graphics card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ok so here is what I have picked out so far

Case: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681111919...

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard and Ram Combo: www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=C...

CPU: Well looking into an IB, but was thinking on www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911507... and waiting for the prices to drop for IB then buying one? I know its up to me, but any suggestions help

I picked out MSI as motherboard partially because I have a graphics card by them and I am kinda impressed with its build quality so I figured i'd stick with it.

Is the G.Skill Ram a good pair? is there better? Should I get 16gb vs 8gb?

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April 15, 2012 3:39:49 PM

I would avoid that motherboard + RAM combo. The 8 GB sticks often give people serious problems. I would rather see you get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and 2 of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

instead. That would keep about $60 in your pocket to use on other things instead.

I would not try to do a lot of serious audio/video editing on a 2 core chip if I could avoid it, if I were you. You could spend the extra $60 from above to get an i5-2400 instead which is a very solid 4 core processor.

The extra cores might not help too much for the specific games you mentioned, but more and more 4 core games are being released these days and more will be released in the future. Playing those on 2 core chips often gets you much worse frame rates. BF3 is one game that likes to have 4 cores.

MSI definitely makes better video cards than it does motherboards. Most people suggest Asus or Gigabyte motherboards and Asrock is doing pretty well lately too.

I wouldn't worry too much about waiting for Ivy Bridge. You never know when availability will be such that you can find one in a store somewhere. It could take a while, and for only about 10% more performance it could be a pretty long wait.

Anyway, those are my thoughts.
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April 15, 2012 3:41:46 PM

The 16gbs won't really help you with gaming but they might if you get into some heavy editing. 8gbs is usually more than enough. (In the future that will probably change). Ask yourself what are you going to do with the 2100 after you buy the IB? An HTPC maybe?
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April 15, 2012 3:44:22 PM

Netburst >> Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge, IMO. (JK)

Well, if you're OK with 10% less performance, and a cheaper price, after IB releases, get a SB. If you want that 10% performance, get IB. The SB CPU's will drop by $20-30, but it'll probably be $20 drop.
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April 15, 2012 3:50:38 PM

If I can get me a 2500k for ~$160 after Ivy Bridge comes out at Micro Center, I would be thrilled. Especially if they do that Micro Center thing of throwing in a free micro board with their processors.
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April 15, 2012 3:52:44 PM

Raiddinn said:
If I can get me a 2500k for ~$160 after Ivy Bridge comes out at Micro Center, I would be thrilled. Especially if they do that Micro Center thing of throwing in a free micro board with their processors.

:D  Fingers crossed!
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