What equipment should I be looking at? (Intel Side)

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mach250
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Thinking about upgrading and I haven't read anything in the last year or so since I finished my last build...

can someone fill me in on the current motherboard chipsets, memory, intel cpu's, psu's and what are the good heatsinks? I might try water for the first time...

think I can stick with my nvidia gtx260 since its doing fine with the games I play

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I will go with an Intel Core i7 930 along with any good X58 motherboard.. For the memory go with DDR3 Triple Channel Memory @ 1600MHz or higher. PSU anything from Cooler Master, Antec, Corsair, Enermax, etc.. Don't forget SSDs to maximize performance

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What's your price point?

And if you are scared of water try a pre-made closed system like Corsair H50  or Coolit Domino ALC.

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Or why not an EVGA SR2 motherboard with dual Xeon X5680, 48GB DDR3 Tripple Channel memory, 3x GTX480, and his GTX260 as Dedicated PhysX card?

[Intel Core i7 @ 4GHz - EVGA X58 SLI - 6 GB Corsair Dominator - GTX 295 - SilverStone FT01]

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I dont think hes a millionaire RuffeDk lol.

MY rig: Azza Solano 1000 case, Intel core i7-930, Nvidia gtx 260, 6gb Corsair Dominator Ram, GigaByte GA-EX58-UD4P mobo, Asetek 510lc water cooling.

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That was more an ironic reply to ATX.

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@RuffeDK He asked for good Intel CPUs.. I answered.. There's no need to be a millionaire to have that kind of system

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If you have no problem with Price, go for an X58 1366 motherboard; it's totally future proof since it will hold more of the 6 core Intel processors in the future. The i7 series are processors with hyper threading technology which give 4 physical cores but a total of 8 logical cores. The x58 motherboard holds triple channel memory; so that's a total of 6 dims between 6 - 24 gigs worth of DDR3 ram for upgrading. It is also very simple to over clock manually. The price point for a motherboard and Processor are $200 and up.

Next is the H55 1156 motherboard which hold the i5 series. Similiar to the i7 just without the hyperthreading with 4 physical cores. The great thing about the H55 motherboard is that its affordable since the new processors defeat the purpose of using a northbridge. Making the price point a lot lower for very high grade motherboards. The price points are around $199 and up for an i5, but a motherboard can be anywhere between $69.99 to $369.99. Also did I mention there is a One Touch Genie button on the motherboard for instant overclocking without all the bios confusion? No, well it does.

Last is the P55 1156 motherboard, the reason for these motherboards is because Intel has integrated a GPU into their new i3 and i5 Duo core processors. Saving for those just looking for a simple affordable computer without the hassle of too many expensive upgrade such as Dedicated Graphics cards. Intel has claimed that the integrated GPU is strong enough to even play some modern day games. Which was always a stretch for such things like on board video. The i3 is between $100 and $150 and the H55 motherboards are between $70 to $169.

DDR3 is the new black.

Power supply is pretty much the same still, look for APC, Bronze, silver or Gold and 80% proficiency. Modular designs help with wire clutter, currently my interests are geared towards the Ultra X4 modular power supplies and the Cooler Master Silent Pro Modular power supplies. It's reccomended to get at least a 500w power supply, but also remember it depends on the hardware you use.

A GTX 260 is still great for gaming, averaging around $200 still. If you are a dedicated Nvidia fan, they have made the new GTX 400 series direct x 11 cards and the good news is you can STILL use your GTX 260 as a Dedicated Physx card for more optimizations. If you want to move on to something new and affordable the HD 5000 series are currently holding the crown for the GPU Market at the moment.

New recent Technology is USB 3 and Sata 3 which are huge increase in performance for select motherboards and devices.

Did I miss anything? I dunno, sorry if that's a little sloppy, and good luck with your purchase.

Oh! One more thing, Cases... there is a HUGE variety of great cases and they just get more and more affordable with more perks. For a Micro atx set up I would suggest the NZXT Vulcan. For a Midtower case the Cooler Master 692 Advance and for a Full tower case the Cooler Master HAF X.

Coolers I would suggest the Corsair H50 or the new Cooler Master V6 GT coming out soon.

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