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Old November 28, 2011, 05:58 PM
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Looking at building a sandy bridge machine for around $1200 -I dont need a psu or video card. Gonna be suing the pc mostly for gaming. i already have a gtx 580 and a 1000 watt corsair psu.

Would like to get an 120gb SSD if could and then use my old WD 1tb black to go along with that.

I will be ocing this machine.

any suggestions would be great thanks in advance
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Old November 28, 2011, 06:55 PM
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What are you currently running?

With that GPU and PSU, would I assume that either something has blown-up or ??

Ivybridge in a *few* months, if you machine isn't BAD or dead then I'd wait.
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Old November 28, 2011, 08:52 PM
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what do you have now do you want p67 or z68 do you edit, render or record? is it just gaming? we need more info.
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Old November 29, 2011, 07:03 PM
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well the current situation is that i am going to be giving my current machine (i7 860 oced to 4ghz, 8 gigs ram, 500gb wd and 1 tb wd HDDs. gtx 580 inside a haf 932) to a family member. So that is why i am building anew a machine.

gonna be using it almost exclusivily for gaming, at 1920x1080. i was kinda leaning towards a z68 just because they were newer and had the pcie 3.0x supports and all that jazz but laso it seems thye are harder to overclock as well so now i am not sure.

im not sure which way i should go lga 2011 or lga 1155. again its gonna be used for pretty well only gaming but i would like to get more performance out of it then my current set up.
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Old November 29, 2011, 11:35 PM
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For gaming at that res a quad core Phenom would be sufficient..

Is the GPU and PSU the ones from that box? What is the family member going to use it for?

I might suggest that you spend less and build the family member a cheaper system/ buy them a second-hand one as the current one you have is far from bad. and saving money now will allow you to jump to Ivybridge as soon as it's out.
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Old November 30, 2011, 08:09 AM
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For a gaming build with that budget I would probably go with a 3930k and a G1 Assassin 2. Built in NIC and soundcard, 12 threads of processing power, and 40 PCI-E lanes in case you add a second 580 down the road.
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Old November 30, 2011, 09:02 AM
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Why not a Sabertooth for a mobo?
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Old November 30, 2011, 09:06 AM
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Nothing wrong with Sabertooth but for an extra $70 you can get X-Fi and Killer E2100 which are great for gaming if you dont have a NIC and soundcard already.
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2500K or 2600K + I recommend ASUS for the Z68/P67 boards.....almost any of them will be great performers. You'll need cooling to overclock, so budget something for that. You can get a great mobo + 2500K + 8G memory for under $500, so you have plenty of headroom here. $100 for an H100 cooler, $150 for a case, $200 for an SSD = $950.

As to X79, let's see, roughly:
$300 for mobo
$600 for 3930K
$? guessing $100 for 4X mem kit, might be light there
$150-200 for SSD

You might get there for $1200, given you have a good PSU and vid card. Probably doesn't get you a case or upgraded cooling though.
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Old November 30, 2011, 09:36 AM
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i5 2500k
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120gb SSD for boot
Use your WD Black as your storage drive, maybe for games
8GB Corsair Vengeance
Coolermaster Cm 690 II Advanced

Throw more money into a better case or more ram if you want. other than that, you'll stay way under budget and could invest your money into another monitor, a soundcard, better headphones/speakers or just save it. That's what I would do for a gaming setup. Maybe look into an SLI board and pick up a second GTX 560 and keep the rest the same.
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