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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by nv40pimp, May 17, 2011.

  1. nv40pimp New Member

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    I do believe that it is about time to trade up my trusty 4GHz e8400 setup to something a little quicker.

    -C2D E8400@ 4.0GHz
    -H50 Cooling (would really like to re-use this)
    -4GB G.Skill DDR2 800 @ 890
    -Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L
    -Gigabyte GTX460 1GB (885/2100)
    -G.Skill 120GB Phoenix Pro SSD
    -WD 1TB Black
    -650w Lian-Li PSU

    I'm looking for a new mobo, CPU and RAM and im shooting for $250, no more than $300 (maybe if you sweet talk me into it lol)

    It's been a while since I kept up with the new AMD's and Intels so I'm a bit lost what's the best bang for buck.

    EDIT: I'll list out the programs I use most in case that help steer it one way or another
    -Starcraft 2
    -BF: BC2
    -GTA IV
    -Fall Out 3 GOTY
    -Portal 2
    -Duke Nukem (when it comes out)
    -Counterstrike Source (never gets old lol)
    -Photoshop CS5
    -iTunes
     
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    Used I7 parts like in my FS threads help :)

    Seriously, ATM i would wait until bulldozer or socket 2011. the time is drawing nie!
     
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    I would imagine that Socket 2011 will be out of his budget, especially at release. Bulldozer may be as well.

    However their release may drive down prices of the existing tech.
     
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    That's kind of what I was thinking. However I could take that time to save up some more.

    For the moment I was looking at... (blew my own budget:shadedshu)
    i5 2500k
    MSI P67A-G43
    Corsair Vengence 8GB (2x4gb) kit
    $439.97 (yay for bill me later lol, no interest for 6 mo. means $73.33 for 6 mo. and it's paid)

    Would you change anything here?
     
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    Probably consider Z68 boards, but choices are fine.
     
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    What's the advantage of the Z68's?

    Also I would like to be able to SLI another GTX 460 down the road. What's the deal with the '2way SLI' in the Z68's? such as this Gigabyte
    I'm not real sure what I need to be looking for as far as the PCI express is, (16x,4x) (16x,8x)?
     
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    Well impatient me went ahead and ordered the following
    -MSI P67-G43
    -i5 Sandy Bridge 2500k
    -G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4gb)
    when purchased separately it would cost 444.97
    however I got a combo deal on the CPU and RAM and only paid 416.97:cool:
    This RAM is 8-8-8-24 rather than 9-9-9-24

    My boss is going to buy my old mobo cpu and ram for $200 (287.97 on the egg if purchased new) to build a Hackintosh.
     
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    Ha ha ha! Impulse buy!

    Can't see anything wrong with that. It's what I would have suggested as a buy-now option.
     
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    If you go SLI with the mobo you bought, it would be x16, x8. That is denoted with the "G" in the name. The "GD" boards from MSI (like mine) would both be x16.
     
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    How big of a performance hit would it be in SLI if I were to get another GTX460 only running 8x? I've still got time to cancel and reorder if it's really a big difference.
     
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    Almost nothing. The x8 PCIE 2.0 is the same as x16 PCIE 1.1 which is found on P35 chipset for example so you will be fine.
     
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    Thanks guys. This new setup is awesome!

    Boot time til Firefox is open is only 29 seconds on this G.skill SSD:cool:
     
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