Originally Posted by bratas
hey sin, haven't seen you in abit... I'm confused
So are you saying he should get a AMD GPU or an Nvidia GPU, AMD for budget sure. I know from past you were using 2 GTX 570's in SLI and I run max settings on everything I play with a single GTX570 and don't see a performance hit.
EDIT as for boards like mentioned earlier it depends on your budget, I would say UD4, UD5 or UD7, depends on your needs and budget. Sounds like Sin is suggesting the Z68 more than the P67, when it comes to boards I give the throne to Sin.
Hey man, yea i have been a bit occupied with my private life. Anyways you get more bang for the buck with AMD/ATI that is all i was suggesting, id personally go nvidia because i know how they perform. I personally use AMD/ATI for cheap builds, but even their GPUs are pretty good when you go into the highend. I honestly don't know as much about GPUs as i do about motherboards, but I do like the GTX 570s i have, i used to have them in SLI, now i use them in different rigs, one for daily use and gaming and for for board review.
Originally Posted by eskamobob1
i have never had an SSD, so i wont comment on that, but before i make any other suggestions, what is your budget on the mobo? and what kind of clocks do you want to see?
Honestly the GB boards are very good quality and I really like them, asus makes some nice boards too. The thing with P67 and Z68 is that they all OC the same when you are in the same price range, granted a few boards that OC less for some odd reasons. You can easily find a cheap P67 board, but with Z68 i think you'd really benefit from SSD caching if you are only going to spend 100 on an SSD. Virtu is the tech with the internal GPU, gigabyte opted to not use it and not even have video out on their top of the line Z68 boards to speed up production and really because its not needed on top of the line boards. They did use it on the UD3H and other models with an H in their name.
I have a Z68X-UD3H and it has video out and virtu, but right now the tech is new and its honestly a pain to use and setup with its stupid profiles. The UD3H is a solid board though, and it has some good fetures, and its low phase count isn't an issue becuase they used their DrMOS on their low-end boards this time.
If you want video out id go with the UD3H if you don't mind not having it and want a better board get the Z68X-UD4. I honestly lean towards Z68 for you and with the GB boards because they redid their UD4/UD3H for Z68. The asus P8p67 series is pretty good too, but their models vary greatly in terms of features with different price ranges, while the gigabyte boards retain their small features throughout the entire lineup. An example is the dual BIOS(two physical BIOS chips), asus has it only in their top of the line and GB has it on every mobo they make as of now. With GB it actually might be used as they set their BIOS corrupt trip point very low so it actually works, with asus and other brands you might not need to use their USB flash drive BIOS backup because their trip point is set higher. Its just an example from the early days of P67. With asus and other brands you get what you pay for, with GB its a bit tricky as the features vary from price range very oddly. There are many good bang for your buck boards out there, and then there are some boards that are extremely expensive and others that are just really cheap.
I honestly think the mobo is the most important quality factor in your system, as everything interacts with it independently, and there are just that many more places for things to go wrong.
If you think you can just put windows on a 64gb SSD and buy used or buy a C300 for instance you can get one 64GB for 100 now and that is enough to hold windows and its SATA6G. Or you can get a 64gb SF1200 drive for 100 now too. I honestly think 64 GB is enough for windows and programs.
I only use 64gb SSDs by themselves, but if you think you'll fill it up too quick then you should use Z68 and do SSD caching.
Or buy P67 save some money and buy a 120gb SSd. Personally i wouldn't buy a used SSD, but id buy a used motherboard as long as it came from asus, GB, MSI because their quality is up there.
If you want bang for the buck i see a lot of people like the new asrock boards, they are like asus boards really, as their design teams worked together back when developing the boards, but i don't like asrock quality.Edited by Sin0822 - 6/7/11 at 3:06pm