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these are currently the boards im looking at
EVGA:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-082-_-Product

MSI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130597

GIGABYTE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128492

another option is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188073

Since i only plan on going 2 way sli at most. Will be used mainly for gaming, movies, and web surfing. would also like future proofing it a bit too.

This is what im putting in my build:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-376-_-Product

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148727

DVDR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207007
Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130651

Wi-Fi: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166056

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-417-_-Product

Any Advice would be appreciated, no aftermarket cooler yet. cant decide on air or water
Edited by wallace03 - 6/6/11 at 7:13pm
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I would pick the z68 board over the P series. I would pick the MSI because when in SLI the PCI runs at 16x versus the Gigabyte model you chose which runs at 8x. Of course for overclocking the Gigabyte has a 20 phase power design while the MSI has a 12 phase design which personally is enough unless you do extreme overclocking.

The difference between the two boards is that the MSI has a video output while the Gigabyte does not. For the price you will pay I would get the MSI board since it comes with all the bells and whistles and is cheaper than the Gigabyte.

Here's a link to a review (so you can better understand why the video output is relevant or not for you):

1. MSI http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-z68a-gd80-review/1

2. Gigabyte http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.c...id=2594&page=1


For your case, if you can spare $40 dollars more this is what you should get, it's the best air cooled case out there. I've also placed some alternatives for you below:

1) Raven RV02-EW (extended edition and not the BW edition)

2) NZXT Phantom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146068

3) Coolermaster 600T

4) Coolermaster CM690 II (best bang for the buck) advanced are pretty good options as well.


For the hard disk get either a Samsung F3 spinpoint 1TB or better yet a WD Black Caviar (EAX version) 1TB. These two are the fastest and best at that size.


As for your PSU, don't skimp out on this since this is the most important component of your PC. Try and get at least a HX650 if possible (better yet an HX750). Seasonic is another brand that is pretty good and you should check them out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012


For your video card:

1) This should be your first choice, it comes out to the same price the evga card you chose is but is OC'd to 950 out of the box. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125369

2) This comes next, OC'd to 880 out of the box and has been pushed in many reviews past 950Mhz. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565

3) This should be your third choice, because it's the most expensive of the bunch but is pretty good as well out of the box http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121425


For your memory modules, I think 4GB is enough unless you render video and do a ton of graphics.

1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231351

These things have lower latency and should be better than your original choice.
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thanks for the input mark. but is the samsung f3 faster than the hdd i choose that has sata 6.0? and one of the main reasons why im not jumping on the msi board is because some of the reviews im seeing on newegg. also how exactly will this affect me if i only plan on going 2 way sli

3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 - PCI_E2 supports up to PCIE x16 speed when PCI_E4 is empty, or PCI_E2 will support up to PCIE x8 speed when PCI_E4 is installed - PCI_E4 supports up to PCIE x8 speed - PCI_E5 supports up to PCIE x4 speed (due to the limitation of the
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thanks for the input mark. but is the samsung f3 faster than the hdd i choose that has sata 6.0? and one of the main reasons why im not jumping on the msi board is because some of the reviews im seeing on newegg.
Yes. The Samsung F3 is one of the best performing hard drives available. Seagate has a reputation for having some bad drives also.

Never trust Newegg reviews. Newegg customers aren't exactly the most credible source. Negative reviews there are often made by people who have no idea what they're talking about.

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also how exactly will this affect me if i only plan on going 2 way sli

3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 - PCI_E2 supports up to PCIE x16 speed when PCI_E4 is empty, or PCI_E2 will support up to PCIE x8 speed when PCI_E4 is installed - PCI_E4 supports up to PCIE x8 speed - PCI_E5 supports up to PCIE x4 speed (due to the limitation of the
You will be able to run your cards in a x8/x8 configuration. Which is pretty much the standard on the Z68 chipset other than a few very high end boards. There is only like a 5-10% performance difference between x16/x16 and x8/x8 so it is nothing to be concerned about.
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lol thanks, seems like i need to clean my slate and start a new research. besides the mobos that i listed about are there other z68 mobos that you would suggest over those? also would choosing radeon cards affect me much other than not having physx? from what ive read they are pretty similar, but better looking imo.
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lol thanks, seems like i need to clean my slate and start a new research. besides the mobos that i listed about are there other z68 mobos that you would suggest over those? also would choosing radeon cards affect me much other than not having physx? from what ive read they are pretty similar, but better looking imo.
Radeon cards at the same price point as the NVIDIAs you have mentioned perform about the same. Never choose NVIDIA over AMD just because of physx, however. Physx really isn't all that useful unless you're playing a game that uses Physx, and even then it really isn't all that advantageous. If you are going for a particular look in your case I'd say theres nothing wrong with going with an AMD Radeon instead. I personally love my XFire Radeon HD 6870s. The performance between the two companies is pretty close as of now.
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Thanks.
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This is not a build log.

See this thread http://www.overclock.net/intel-build...e-posting.html

Moved.
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