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Old May 12, 2011, 08:19 PM
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Hi guys!

As some of you may know, I live in Nicaragua, Central America and computer stores here, for the most part, sell cheap, second-rate components that are sufficient for average PC computing but not for for serious PC gaming. I have been working for sometime, saving money and since a relative living in the US is coming soon to visit, I a planning to do a major upgrade and purchase all the key components through amazon.com and have my aunt bring them to me in June.

I am seriously thinking about buying a Sandy Bridge, Intel based-system that is both good in terms of quality and doesn't massacre my wallet too much. After doing some research, I have assembled a list of components that sound pretty cool for my gaming needs and doesn't go over 670 dollars in terms of overall cost. The potential list is as follows

Corsair XMS3 8 GB 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 -

ASUS P8H67-M LE LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel H67 DDR3 1333 Micro ATX Motherboard

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5

Intel Core i7 Processor i7-2600 3.4GHz 8MB LGA1155 CPU BX80623I72600

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an Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500

Those are basically all the components I need, since I already have a mid-end GFX card (Radeon HD 6870) and a working DVD-RW unit so I will not buy these new and I will be using the same case I am using now so I will not spend on a new one. Now the MB as you see, is a mATX model since I really don't want to spend on a new case unless it is absolutely necessary ( here in Nicaragua quality cases are rare to find and horribly expensive if you do) and because my aunt, who will be bringing my components, will also be bringing other stuff for my cousins, uncles and so I don't really want to add any more bulk to her luggage than what is absolutely necessary.

The part that I'm still not sure about at all is whether I should spend 300 bucks on an i7-2600 processor with its multi-threading bells and whistles and the such, or spend much less with a regular, non-K series i5-2500 and save that extra money for a future GFX card upgrade in say, about 5 or 6 months. I know both sandy bridge processors are great, though the i7-2600 is the more powerful one, and that both are quality gaming processors, but in terms of significantly improving my gaming experiencing to above-average without going having to into excessive spending, which of the two processors would you guys recommend?

I know the i5-2500 is a great processor for current games, but do you think future and near future games like the Witcher 2, Rage, the new ES: Skrym, Metal Gear Solid: Rising and the such are likely to perform the same, or is the i7-2600 the better choice for future games because of its multi-threading capacity?

I would greatly appreciate any input from the more experienced hardware meisters out there!

Gracias
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Old May 12, 2011, 09:19 PM
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i would seriously look into a p67 matx or not board that has good rma services where you live, and a 2500k. in about a month i may say something different though.
nice but seriously overkill psu.
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Old May 12, 2011, 10:43 PM
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Thanks for the advise dangtx but just to make sure, is this the MB you are referring to?

Amazon.com: ASUS P8P67-M <REV 3.0> LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2200 Micro ATX Motherboard: Electronics

can u overclock this baby? If so, the i5-2500k option looks very sweet indeed!
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Old May 12, 2011, 11:05 PM
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like i said, any mobo that has decent rma in your neck of the woods.

asus makes decent units. that one looks good,cheap too. dont forget about the cooling.
and look up reviews before you buy!
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