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Old January 27, 2012, 10:08 AM
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Hello, I just wanted to get some points of view now as I plan on starting to pick up some parts in the next couple months before I go all in in May.

The PC will be used for surfing, watching movies, and some gaming.

My budget will be around $2500.00 which will include everything from extra fans, case and cards.

I will probably go with the i5-2500K but waiting for the Ivy Bridge to see how much better it will be.

I do plan to overclock.

My eyes are not what they used to be so the resolution may have to be compromised. (Although I may be getting laser surgery and get this fixed).

Here is a list of what I am thinking of:

Antec 1100 Case
i5-2500K Processor
Asus Ivy Bridge Motherboard
2TB Hard Drive
120G SSD
BluRay Rom/ DVD Writer
Video Card
Power Supply
Keyboard and Mouse
Monitor (3D) (27")
I have a set of Corsair Speakers

Please let me know what you think, it will be greatly appreciated?

Thanks,
Adam
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Old January 27, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Yes to the video card, HDD, SSD, Power Supply, etc. Very nice choices.

Aha, I'm just kidding.

Come May, the 7950 will be released, providing better bang for the buck than the current 7970. Nvidia's Kepler may be released by then, providing extra choice if you want an alternative option. I think you should definitely go with a 28nm GPU vs the current 'last gen' choices.

You should be able to get away with a 700W powersupply from Corsair, XFX, etc.
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Old January 27, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Thanks Abyss, I haven't read enough I guess as I haven't heard of the Kepler yet.
Will do some searching for that.
I am hoping that Asus comes out with a Sabertooth for the Ivy Bridge.

I like the idea for the 7950 as well.
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Old January 27, 2012, 11:48 AM
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You know, buying a super-high-end motherboard like that is a bit of a waste of money for the casual gamer/enthusiast. A mid-range Board like a P8Z68 is often more than enough board for the typical gamer. They're still capable of half-decent overclocks, and they can still be laden with features such as built in bluetooth, dual or even triple PCI-E slots and the most current chipsets.

I really believe that the super-high-end motherboards are for people who want to overclock for the sake of overclocking. They want to get the highest possible numbers from their CPU's and run benchmarks, mostly for bragging rights, I suppose. There's nothing wrong with that. It's a hobby in and of itself. I just think it's kind of a waste of money for a gamer who will just apply a mild overclock to his system in order to boost frame rates a little.

I think you're better off going with a mid-range board, and spending your money on a better video card, or a larger SSD, or a nice back-lit keyboard, etc. Just my 2c.
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Thanks Abyss, I haven't read enough I guess as I haven't heard of the Kepler yet.

I like the idea for the 7950 as well.
Thanks,
Kepler will be the next generation Nvidia graphics cards based on the 28nm process (current gen graphics cards are based on a 40nm process -- AMD 7900 cards notwithstanding). Seems like they'll be called the 700 series. e.g. GTX 770, 780, etc.

If history is anything of an indicator, they'll perform slightly better than the equivalent Radeon, but will consume more power and cost more. So, it's a toss-up, really. But then again, the future may be different, and Nvidia may start to focus a little more on efficiency rather than pure performance.
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Thanks again Abyss

I am going to wait and see what Ivy Bridge does offer, and if it is worth it then I will go that way.
I also know I could probably build something I could be happy with for around $1000 but I want to try to build something a little better and that it will be easy to exchange parts when I need to change. Which should be at least 2 to 3 years.
I will likely get a Corsair Power Supply, I will figure out the wattage once I know what parts I will be getting.

It is still a couple months away which will give me time to make sure exactly what I want.
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