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$n][pErMan
11-22-11, 08:10 PM
I have not upgraded my PC in what seems like ages (did not have the need and stopped gaming for awhile). Time to start from scratch and build a new system. I have been out of the new hardware loop for awhile, I am really just looking to see what you all think is the best of the best out right now! Intel or AMD (which socket types)? nVidia or ATi? Are SSD Hard Drives finally worth the $$$? Best memory these days for OC'ing? So many questions! I feel like im starting all over on PC knowledge again as I have been out of gaming for so long.

I am looking to get back into high end gaming and it should be noted I will OC the crap out of anything I have! :) I used to generally get 1 series under the best thing out to save money. So if you help me find the best, I can go under from there. Id go so far as to point me in the right director for the best HSF assemblies currently around.

Care to help an old school gamer out? :cool: Thanks!

ninelven
11-22-11, 08:53 PM
Intel i5 2500k, has an unlocked multiplier so you don't need to worry about ram for your OC. If you want to spend a little more i7 2600k. Link (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%20600095611&IsNodeId=1&name=Sandy%20Bridge)

ThermalRight Archon is probably the best air cooler available now (if it fits).

Of course if you are willing to wait a few months you can get an Ivy Bridge CPU and the next gen ATI or NV GPU of your choice.

$n][pErMan
11-22-11, 09:42 PM
Well, you could always end up "Waiting" for something new from what I recall. Unless it's going to be a huge leap forward, I have found it not always worth the wait. Speaking of room, any suggestions as well from anyone on cases? Im looking for Air Cooling (no H2O please), good cable management, clear side view (yes, I still enjoy the looks) and something fairly sturdy. :)

THIS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163067) looked like a nice case, but I am not sure if I like the idea of no fan on the side. The case I have now has a slow RPM 250mm fan on the side which has always kept the entire PC cool.

mullet
11-22-11, 11:08 PM
I am a big fan of the 2600k & SSD. I think that case you picked out is awesome, you just can't go wrong with silverstone.

Maverick123w
11-23-11, 12:41 AM
If you go with a Z-68 board you can use SSD caching and just invest in a small 60GB SSD. Best of both worlds IMO. It's so fast.

Bah!
11-23-11, 06:52 AM
[pErMan;2504568']Well, you could always end up "Waiting" for something new from what I recall. Unless it's going to be a huge leap forward, I have found it not always worth the wait. Speaking of room, any suggestions as well from anyone on cases? Im looking for Air Cooling (no H2O please), good cable management, clear side view (yes, I still enjoy the looks) and something fairly sturdy. :)

THIS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163067) looked like a nice case, but I am not sure if I like the idea of no fan on the side. The case I have now has a slow RPM 250mm fan on the side which has always kept the entire PC cool.

I have a HAF 932 and I love it. Nice and quiet, tons of room, all the cables are hidden behind the motherboard, completely tool free, and keeps everything nice and cool. Probably the best case I've ever owned.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213

nekrosoft13
11-23-11, 10:33 AM
[pErMan;2504568']Well, you could always end up "Waiting" for something new from what I recall. Unless it's going to be a huge leap forward, I have found it not always worth the wait. Speaking of room, any suggestions as well from anyone on cases? Im looking for Air Cooling (no H2O please), good cable management, clear side view (yes, I still enjoy the looks) and something fairly sturdy. :)

THIS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163067) looked like a nice case, but I am not sure if I like the idea of no fan on the side. The case I have now has a slow RPM 250mm fan on the side which has always kept the entire PC cool.

right now one of the intel unlocked sandy bridge cpus are the best option, with a nice SSD and nvidia gpu.

that a excellent case, look into Lian-Li and Silverstone, don't buy a heavy, metal, cheap, ugly case like HAF.

Bah!
11-23-11, 11:14 AM
right now one of the intel unlocked sandy bridge cpus are the best option, with a nice SSD and nvidia gpu.

that a excellent case, look into Lian-Li and Silverstone, don't buy a heavy, metal, cheap, ugly case like HAF.

Yeah, you should spend twice the price for the same features and performance!

Ugly I'll give you, but the rest are nonsense.

ninelven
11-23-11, 11:16 AM
[pErMan"]Well, you could always end up "Waiting" for something new from what I recall. Unless it's going to be a huge leap forward, I have found it not always worth the wait. On the CPU side of things, it won't be a huge leap (10-15%); however, for the GPU the jump will be as big as they get (architectural jump for both NV and ATI, the next won't be until 2014). YMMV.

DansFace
11-23-11, 11:39 AM
Intel i5 2500k, has an unlocked multiplier so you don't need to worry about ram for your OC. If you want to spend a little more i7 2600k. Link (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%20600095611&IsNodeId=1&name=Sandy%20Bridge)

ThermalRight Archon is probably the best air cooler available now (if it fits).

Of course if you are willing to wait a few months you can get an Ivy Bridge CPU and the next gen ATI or NV GPU of your choice.

I just recently purchased a i5 2500k and the motherboard & RAM found in my sig. I couldn't be happier! I upgraded from a Q6600@3.4 GHZ.. the difference is amazing

BF3 is so smooth :)

This guy is right!!

nekrosoft13
11-23-11, 12:14 PM
Yeah, you should spend twice the price for the same features and performance!

Ugly I'll give you, but the rest are nonsense.

I said cheap because I had cases from cooler master (ATCS800, Stacker 820, CM690), Thermalright (Element series), Antec, etc..

and they all had horrible build quality, cheap plastic parts breaking, paint pealing off. Cheap hinges breaking. Stacker 820 had motherboard tray that was warped installing video cards was always a issue.

better to spend 50-100 bucks more for Lian-Li and never worry about any of those issues.

Bman212121
11-23-11, 12:37 PM
I am a big fan of the 2600k & SSD. I think that case you picked out is awesome, you just can't go wrong with silverstone.

All of this!

I think my 2600K with the 160GB G2 is probably the best setup I've had. Using an MSI GD55 board which I still need to RMA because of the whole sata bug. I really don't want to exchange it because it's a very solid setup. I've never had a silverstone case but I've always liked the looks of them and it sounds like they are pretty decent cases.

frenchy2k1
11-23-11, 01:01 PM
Typical consensus is:
- drop AMD. Afraid that intel dominates lately

Top config (money no issue)
- Sandy bridge-E core i7 3830K

Medium high:
- 2600k + z68 chipset. Great but still a bit expensive

Best Value:
- 2500k + z68 chipset. OC great, reasonable price.

Memory is cheap, go for 8GB or more. Sandy Bridge is not very sensitive to memory, anything higher than DDR3-1600 is fine and price increases much faster than performance.

Video card: refresh is due after the new year on both sides.
Which side you prefer is your choice, but lately, AMD has had a lot more trouble with their drivers and new games than nvidia (Rage is an example).

GTX560Ti if you game at 1650x1050
GTX570 for 1080p
GTX580 for 3D/higher res.

Greedo
11-23-11, 01:26 PM
for cases, i would get a silverstone ft02 myself, but the tj07 is awesome.

if you want to spend a lot less, corsair has some pretty nice cases for under $200 these days.

and i couldn't be happier with my nvidia gtx 580.

$n][pErMan
11-23-11, 10:47 PM
Is the LGA 1155 socket still going to be upgradeable for awhile? I saw the really high end CPU from intel is using LGA 2011. Also, the 2600k + z68 chipset looks like an awesome combo. Is ASUS still a great mobo company to buy from? In the past I have had great performance out of thier motherboards. Also, any suggestions on Brand and model of memory? I would be looking for tight timings with good OC'ing headroom on a FSB :)

Sorry for sounding noob... lol. Its quite literally been years sence I have built a system from the ground up other than a few upgrades to what I last built. :p

mullet
11-23-11, 11:02 PM
The FSB is pretty much locked now. The [K] signifies the multiplier being unlocked. The components in my sig I am very very happy with. I think you would notice a huge difference in performance. The case you picked out is badass and once you got it you would be set for a long long time. I think the 1155 will be around for a while but if you want to know more about it I would ask Slawter, he knows just about everything about it.