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Looking for bang for the buck and the ability to upgrade in the future. Is the 1155 going to be around for a while? I heard they were doing away with it soon but I do not know if there is any truth to this.

I strictly game on this pc, no folding or anything like that so I think the quad would do well for me, I can sink the saved $100 into something else. Next year I might entertain the idea of getting a newer cpu if this socket is still available. Would like to obtain an OC in the mid 4's with this setup, so keep that in mind when critiquing this build.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - $225
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s - $169
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $105
CM HAF 932 - $150 (for better air cooling)

I will also be adding a 64GB Adata SSD, can use as OS drive or for the cache since this is a Z68 board. Which would yield better results? I'm assuming as the OS drive. Reusing everything else in the sig, hdd's, psu, etc..

One question. What is the difference in GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 and GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3.

Both appear to do either SLI or CF, this correct?
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Well, the difference between the UD3P and UD4 is really minor. The UD4 has more phases for the CPU, and better VRM cooling. It has one less X1 PCI-e slot as well. I chose the UD4 for the better cooling.

And I think if you are a gamer, a SB setup is pretty much a no-brainer if you are rocking older hardware. But it is not enough of a jump to switch from 1366 or 1156.
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Well, the difference between the UD3P and UD4 is really minor. The UD4 has more phases for the CPU, and better VRM cooling. It has one less X1 PCI-e slot as well. I chose the UD4 for the better cooling.

And I think if you are a gamer, a SB setup is pretty much a no-brainer if you are rocking older hardware. But it is not enough of a jump to switch from 1366 or 1156.
Ok, the UD4 is only $10 more so it's worthwhile for me if it will indeed run cooler. I'm not worried about the PCI-e slot as I don't typically use them anyway.

It would be coming from my Phenom II which I think would be a pretty substantial upgrade. The new mobo also supports CF which is one of the reasons I'm going with it, my current mobo does not support CF and I'd like to add a 2nd gpu in the near future.

Any thoughts on using the ssd as my OS drive or for cache? I'm thinking about using the SSD for the OS and maybe putting my 2x 750's in RAID 0 for my games.
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post #4 of 8
The SSD will be perfect for the OS. The boot time becomes under 5 seconds if that.

And yes the upgrade will be massive. SB is just ripping everything apart at the moment and it would be silly not to go with it.
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Just ordered..

I5 2500K - $194.95 (combo discount on cpu and mobo)
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 - $154.95
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 - $75

Not bad for a total of $454.97..

Also ordered a CM HAF 932 Advanced for $150.. gotta love Next Day shipping for $3.99 on Amazon
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog View Post
Just ordered..

I5 2500K - $194.95 (combo discount on cpu and mobo)
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 - $154.95
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 - $75

Not bad for a total of $454.97..

Also ordered a CM HAF 932 Advanced for $150.. gotta love Next Day shipping for $3.99 on Amazon
Nice build! you will love it

Enjoy
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you should be in Fraggin heaven lets us know how the Z68 board works out.
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Good luck I think you're gonna have a ton of fun!
     
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