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So I am trying to build an upgraded system (let's face it, I'd have to replace all of the components anyways so why not start from scratch?!). I had been looking at the Gigabyte 1156 MoBo's along with a Sandy Bridge CPU (since they overclocked them and were relatively cheap i5 processors) but with all the hub-bub about them overheating in certain systems and whatnot I have had to make alternate plans. Now I am not sure what Motherboard to start with, let alone whether or not to get an Intel or an AMD system...so here I am, asking for the advice of the guru's! Let me start by explaining what I use my computer for mainly and then we'll go from there. I play online MMO's and do schoolwork...I know, it's a tough life and I'm SO demanding out of my system. SO here is my dilemma, because I'm a woman and it's part of my job in life to make things just a -teensy- bit difficult, I have certain stipulations about my system. I am highly inclined to only purchase the following brands: Gigabyte motherboard and/or Graphics Cards (EVGA is another preferable brand if I'm sticking with the Intel chipset) (not sold on Intel CPU entirely anymore, especially hearing from other gamers about AMD/ATI systems being cheaper and better for gaming?. Okay so maybe that wasn't so difficult. I'm pretty open to ideas and suggestions about building a system I am going to be happy with for 4-5 years. I'm on a decent budget of about $900-$1000 but less is better, please help!

Oh yes, I'd like to have a 1TB to a 1.5TB HD and 8GB of memory as well. I have heard/seen G Skill, Corsair, and Kingston are good brands but I only know about Intel systems not AMD so...again...please help! I'm pretty sure my brain is going to explode if I don't get some simple and common sense based answers from someone who actually knows how to make sense of all the numbers and letters!

Edited by Isidorosa, 03 February 2011 - 11:26 AM.

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Tom's Hardware > All Reviews > Special > Buyers Guides > System Builder Marathon, December 2010:

The $500 Gaming PC

The $1,000 Enthusiast PC

The $2,000 Performance PC

Performance And Value, Dissected

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