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  1. PM'd, hopefully everyone else conveniently forgets to check before noon XD edit: I wish I wasn't so tired, maybe then I could read times properly. With that wide a window it looks less and less likely that I won anything. Oh well, always another giveaway.
  2. Yeah, that's what I was getting at, it seems that in your build the processor would be the limiting factor by a decent margin.
  3. Thanks for the info, I'll check out that build to narrow down my search. Also, I see it has a 650w psu, which I think would kind of be overkill. Can you recommend a good 500w instead?
  4. Is 1333 the fastest ram your mobo can run? I'd suggest buying a decent set of at least 8gb 1600mhz, I know it doesn't sound like much of a difference but I think you'd get a noticeable bump in performance for less than $50.
  5. Do you see any bottlenecking from the Phenom II with dual cards? That seems kind of off balance to me. Or am I just crazy?
  6. Niiiiice, the only thing I'd change is getting a higher res monitor. 1080 with this hardware is kind of underwhelming.
  7. Everything about this build makes me jealous lol, wish i could afford to build myself something this sweet.
  8. The Gigabyte M6980 - - GIGABYTE GM-M6980 Black Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse It's really entry level, but it's a pretty good quality gaming mouse for $30. I've been using it for a little over a year now and don't have any real complaints. The thumb buttons are a little awkward, but that might just be because i recently fractured my hand :/
  9. I've been asked by my gf to build a mid-range, long lasting gaming pc. So far here's what I've got set up: Processor: i5 2400/2500k - I don't think she'll ever need or want to OC, but do you think it would increase the longevity of the build if I did? The $30 difference is a bit much for a feature she may not need. Motherboard: I have NO IDEA what constitutes a good motherboard, so any suggestions on a cheap 1155 socket mobo? Graphics: 7850/7870/7950 - Again, unsure here. She often plays MMOs and RPGs, with the most intense gaming she gets up to being ARPGs like torchlight and diablo. Does anyone here think the 78xx series will hold up as well as the old 48xx line has? I still run a 4870 and it beasts through most current games with mid-high settings, but there seems to be more focus on the 5/6/79xx lines since then. Case: - Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,two-toned interior coating,come with Three Fans,Support up to 7 Fans, w/ Window Side Panel - pretty set on this one, looks to be a quality case at a pretty decent price. I wish they'd bring back that $50 HAF sale from way back, but then I guess that's everyone's dream. Hard drive: She's decided against an SSD, at least in the near future, so I'm just going to grab a 7200rpm 1tb someplace when it comes time to buy. Any specific suggestions? Memory: 8gb ddr3 1600 is the aim, can expand it later if/when she needs it. Do the fancy sticks with the flashy heat spreaders matter at all without any OC involved? Or would I be better off with a well reviewed set of generic sticks? PSU: Rosewill's quality seems to have been coming up lately, but how trustworthy are they with their PSUs? I'd like to grab a 450w without paying an arm and a leg for the damn thing. And of course a dvd burner (screw blu-ray prices), case fans if necessary, fan controller after that, etc. This pc would have to last her AT LEAST 4 years, playing the latest games at at least mid range settings. It doesn't need to pull 60 FPS on everything, but mid settings have to be playable through at least 2016. Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)
  10. Can your cpu fully saturate the 550 Ti? I have a 955 and a 4870 in my...crap, 4(?) year old build now and it seems that the processor is a bottleneck sometimes.
  11. Nice build, looks pretty sweet. I've always been crazy-paranoid even considering liquid cooling, how difficult would you say the setup is?
  12. All the charts I've seen show it performing right between the Phenom II and the i3/i5 as far as single threading goes. But then the bulldozer chips get up to 6 or 8 cores per chip, so if whatever you're running is well threaded you'll get slightly better performance out of the AMD chips. But as far as high end gaming goes, I'd look around for a deal on an i5.
  13. Hooooooooooly... Wow, I am now incredibly jealous of both your possessions and skills, this looks amazing!
  14. Oh man, I would LOVE to get my hands on one of these. I mean, I will someday, but hopefully it happens soon and for free!