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I'm looking into a new build, and my girlfriend is paying for it . My budget is approximately $300. i already have RAM and a cooler, so it comes down to mobo and CPU. Now I was thinking of one of these two combinations:

i3 2100 + Asus P8Z68-V

or

i5 2500k + Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3

or

i3 2100 + Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 + 32-64GB budget SSD.

So it really boils down to: is the Gigabyte Z68MA-D3H-B3 really going to be a huge step down from the Asus P8Z68? i'm not looking to massively overclock my CPU up to 5 Ghz. I'll probably stay below the 4.5 Ghz range. I also will utilize the SSD caching in the future as well as quick sync.

*btw I can get the 2500K from Microcenter for $180, which is why i'm choosing that over the 2300/2400 since they cost about the same. A quad-core might be good for me too since I play a lot of RTS games.

So, any thoughts?
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I would take the one with the 2500K, as the K series is what you want, that is if you want to OC.
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Hi joe50000, get the i5 2500K combo and get a ssd with your money... and overclock the i5 2500K.
     
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DIAMOND All in Wonder Premium Graphics with HDT... SAPPHIRE HD 6950 2GB OC GDDR5 (Partially burned... 2 X 2GB OCZ XTC Platinum PC2-8500 DDR2 (OCZ2P10... 2 X 2GB Kingston HyperX PC2-8500 DDR2 (KHX8500D... 
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2 X Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM SATA ... Seagate Expansion 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop Extern... Western Digital My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 portabl... Seagate FreeAgent Go 880GB USB 2.0 Portable Drive 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Beyond Micro 250GB External Drive USB 2.0 (Maxt... ADATA S102 Pro 32GB Superior Series USB 3.0 Fla... Corsair Flash Voyager GTR CMFVYA32GBGT2 32GB US... Patriot x-mini 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 
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Intel® SSD 520 Series 240GB 2.5in SATA 6Gb/s 25... Intel® SSD 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3K5 2.5" 80GB... WD MyBook Live 2TB external hard drive Hitachi XL Desk 3TB 3.5" USB 2.0 External Hard ... 
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LG BH10LS30 Blu-Ray Writer 10X BD-R 16X DVD-RW ... 2 X ASUS DRW-24B1ST (not in use) 2 X Samsung SH-S223C (retired) Corsair H-50 (partially burned and trashed) 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (sold) 6 X Cooler Master Green LED Silent Fan 120mm (R... Windows 7 SP1 64bit 28" HANNSPREE ST289MUB LCD HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W (partially f... NZXT Gamma Classic Mid-Tower (trashed) Microsoft Comfort 4500 Wired Mouse (Red) 
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Steelseries QcK Pro Gaming (3.2cm x 2.7cm) mous... Integrated 7.1 Altec Lansing VS3251 5.1 Surround Sound System Sennheiser HD518 Headphone 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Shure SRH840 Kingston HyperX Cloud Stereo Headset with Micro... ASUS U3S6 Expansion Card Samsung CLP-300 Colour Laser Printer 
OtherOtherOtherOther
HP OfficeJet 5510 All in one Printer 3.5" Rosewill All in one card reader + 3 USB po... Elephant USB 2.0 Sim Card & Memory Card Reader SD/SDHC cards 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Celeron D 340J @ 3.23 GHz MachSpeed Matrix P4M800 Asus A9250 128MB AGP 8X 2 x 1GB Patriot DDR400 Memory 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
320GB Seagate 7200RPM HDD LG 16X DVD Rewriter LG 52X CD Rewriter Masscool CPU HSF 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows XP + Windows 7 55" SONY BRAVIA EX710 Series LED HDTV Logitech's (White) Included 400W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Power Up Blue 2526 Quantum Series ATX Mid-Tower Verbatim's (up to 2000 dpi with blue light) a thin one (got it for free) onboard 
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cheap 5.1 sound card 3.5" Japanese brand name card reader + floppy d... 
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Intel Celeron M 370 C0 @ 2GHz (oc'ed) Dell's B120 (Chipset: Intel i915GMS/i910GML) Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 2 X 1GB OCZ PC2 5300 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
40GB 5400RPM / Toshiba MK4032GAX Combo Drive: 24x/10x/24x CD-RW and 8x DVD-ROM Dell Inspiron B120 WinXP SP3 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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That's exactly what I did ;p
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i5 2500k recommended
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