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Old May 30, 2011, 07:22 AM
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AMD's 990FX boards are going to be released in a few hours. My personal choice would be the new ASUS Sabertooth.
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Old May 30, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Here's an ultraquick build I just tossed together while making coffee. Gives you a basic idea of what stuff to look for (Still needs a case of course, and any peripherals you might want). Looking through the current forum members builds in the modding/build log sections can also give you a pretty good idea. There's basically no way to futureproof a gaming computer for 2+ years, GPUs evolve so freakin fast it's not even funny. This isn't by any means my final suggestion, but just basically a guideline. A K series processor is probably pointless since it's more for those looking to overclock stuff, but NCIX sales can be great for their bundle deals.

Edit, I fail with attachments. Here's the link to the build picture LOL
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1801176/HWC/build.png
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Old May 30, 2011, 08:15 AM
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GPUs evolve so freakin fast it's not even funny.
ya you purchase a GPU on saturday and the next day our dear Sky show us we make a mistake

if you want my thought on the subject, buy what you need at the moment you want it, and donít regret it, there is always something new that will show up after you finish your build (or like in my case before you receive the parts)
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Old May 30, 2011, 04:26 PM
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We have exactly the same budget and after a lot of hours searching, the best I could find was this.
But as the others said I would wait to see if AMD Bulldozer could be better than an i5 2500k.
Dont forget to use the Price Compare tool at the top of the HardwareCanucks website to have the best possible price. (BTW it is the first time I build a rig too)

ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.0 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard : 185$
Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU : 80$
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM : 50$ each x2 =100$ (Raid 0)
Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM : 20$
Thermaltake TRX-650M 650W ATX12V 2.3 24PIN Modular Power Supply Active PFC : 78$
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB : 210$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory : 80$
Total:753$ (Everything is pricedmatched using the HWC pricematcher.)(Without Video Card)

Video Card the GTX 560 TI is really the best bang for the buck in Nvidia and I do not like ATI but I do not have any real reason so you can look for an ATI.
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Hawk OC 950MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card : 280$

Let me know when you get your rig.
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Old May 30, 2011, 06:06 PM
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hi chuck,
after more research, I come up with the same memory, processor as you do.
the hard drive choice is between
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM for $55 and Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM for $80.
the motherboard is ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard for $213
video card is ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 742MHZ 1.28GB 3.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini HDMI PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card for $360

as for the PSU, case, SSD (who can tell me what it is for? I mean is that even necessary for what I'm trying to build?), heatsink, etc.., I still don't know, but it seems what you picked should work (I think?).

if anyone have suggestions, feel free to share them.

thanks thanks thanks.

ps: it seems Radeon HD 6850 is also a possible choice for video card. any thoughts?

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Old May 31, 2011, 10:13 AM
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ok, here what I picked.
I think I have all the parts, please let me know if I missed anything.

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 742MHZ 1.28GB 3.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini HDMI PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-BIT 1PK DSP Oei DVD Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM
Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB SoundXFX 850W PRO850W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

if you have suggestions, please let me know.
also, is there anyway to save some money by placing anything (such as different band)without losing performance and headroom for future upgrade?

thanks
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Old May 31, 2011, 10:17 AM
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Looks good. Don't forget to pricematch. You may also want to consider waiting for this weeks NCIX sale just in case anything in your build goes up on special :)
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Don't forget to pricematch. You may also want to consider waiting for this weeks NCIX sale just in case anything in your build goes up on special :)
I sure will.

do I need fans or more cooling for anything?
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Old May 31, 2011, 12:28 PM
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Hyper212 is good enough for that processor and still gives you overclocking headroom. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Why are you going for a Z68 board for? You should just get a good P67 board and call it a day..
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