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I've been itching to build a new system........for no apparent reason other than the sheer excitement of of actually doing it!! Let me know what you guys think of the build below, and I would also appreciate some help choosing a MOBO and also a good GPU(or two).

This may ending up being a gaming rig, even tho I don't do much hardcore gaming.....,but i'll definitely be using it as my primary system so i figured i'd just get the i7 and the 8gb of ram anyway... i'd rather have it and not need it.

**Edit: the parts listed below have already been purchased - i'll add the prices too!

Chassis: CM HAF 932 $105 after MIR

CPU: i7 2600k $114 Intel RetailEdge Program

PSU: OCZ-Z 850W 80+ Gold $91 after MIR

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 $50

HDD: WD Caviar Green 2TB $50 - I've also got a 1TB Seagate @7200RPM laying around here

Cooler: Corsair Hydro H70 $80

MOBO: ???? P67 or Z68?

GPU: ???? *Budget is around $350-400 for a single GPU or SLI config - whichever will yield the best results

SSD: ???? dont really know if i need one *something less than $100 for sure


any recommendations for the missing parts would be great!!
Thanks in advance for all your suggestions!
Edited by Doctor_vino - 6/7/11 at 2:05pm
post #2 of 12
If your not going with a SSD, or a small SSD then Z68. Depending on your budget will depend on the mobo. I am now partial to Gigabyte, tho my last 4 mobo's were Asus. Do your own research on which video cards you like, so will say 6750 others will tell you GTX570 (non-reference). I am partial to Nvidia's performance always have been had 1 ATI and I gave it to my best friend.
Another friend has always been partial to ATI, he would crash in games I would be rock stable with and they had too many driver issues.
I would highly recommend a SSD, splurge here. Sata III SSD like the Vertex 3
As for your RAM many are going with G Skill, if it's same price as Corsair i would probably switch.
H70, i can't say get that either, the H100 is due out at some point and it may perform better than even the D14. The D14 outperforms the H70 anyone telling you otherwise is full of ****.
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get an SSD, the other parts depend on your budget.

How much you got to spend?

If you wanna spend less than 100 on an SSD get Z68 and use SSD caching with your HDD, because if its not a gaming only rig, it should have an SSD to take advantage of the speeds of everything else.

When i build a new computer for a friend or family or client i always put an SSD in there and they love the speed even if the system uses a really crappy CPU like an AMD athalon X2 or something.

General performance with an SSD is much higher than without you do notice a difference. If you game only then you might not notice much of a difference, because gaming really doesn't tax your storage.

You might wanna go AMD for your GPU, even tho a GTX 570 makes your budget, i got two and i love them, and they kinda got me into gaming, but i try not to play too many games, but those that i wanna play like BFBC2 i can play with all settings maxed out on 1900x1200 resolution with damn good FPS with one card.

The thing is that Z68 isn't much better than P67, it allows you to use the IGP and use SSd caching which i think is much more important than the IGP if you are going to build a cheap rig, because you can toss in a small SSD and basically speed up the system. But remember a large SSD with windows only on it will be faster than if you used SSD caching. I think 64gb is enough for windows and some programs, but still a nice 64gb drive will cost you over 100, so you might wanna get a small fast SSD and use SSD caching. Sorry for rambling.
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post #4 of 12
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Thanks for all the comments guys!!

i probably should have mentioned above... all the parts listed, I've already purchase and i got AMAZING deals on them - i didnt pay anywhere close to retail, but the remaining parts I have no choice but to oay MSRP which is why i've come to the board to get good advice on the remaining parts!
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hey sin, haven't seen you in abit... I'm confused
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You might wanna go AMD for your GPU, even tho a GTX 570 makes your budget, i got two and i love them, and they kinda got me into gaming, but i try not to play too many games, but those that i wanna play like BFBC2 i can play with all settings maxed out on 1900x1200 resolution with damn good FPS with one card.
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.
Edited by bratas - 6/7/11 at 2:08pm
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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?
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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.


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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
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post #8 of 12
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wow this is amazing stuff.....i feel like these are reviews written just for me!!!! thanks a lot guys, looks like im gonna have to re-prioritize my budget...... ok so SSD-check

What about the GPU? to be honest i didnt even want to consider ATI because of the lack of physx capabilities. Even if i end up with one GPU for now, i will ultimately get one to pair it up down the road, so i haven't put much thought into the Xfire set up
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then get yourself a GTX 570 or 560
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If your budget is $400 I'd go for two of these:

AMD HD Radeon 6870

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