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Old 11-23-11, 12:01 PM   #13
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Default Re: New PC, looking for a direction!

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.
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Old 11-23-11, 12:26 PM   #14
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Default Re: New PC, looking for a direction!

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.
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Old 11-23-11, 09:47 PM   #15
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Default Re: New PC, looking for a direction!

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.
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Old 11-23-11, 10:02 PM   #16
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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.
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