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Yes very much so.

So going off of what everyone has said:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932
MB: ASUS P8Z68 Pro
CPU: i5-2500k (OC'd to around 4.5-4.8+ GHz)
GPU: GeForce 570 (with ability to add a second card if I want to)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 1600 (eventually double to 16GB if needed)
HD: Western Digital Caviar 1 TB
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB
CD Drive: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
Cooling: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
PSU: Antec Gamer Series 750w (Bronze certified) - Ordered
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - Ordered

That is ~$1,300 (w/o shopping other sites) which is sure to fall some over the next 10-12 weeks.

There was talk I should go with a P67 MB instead of a Z68 and some discussion on the SSD but this seems to be about what the discussion is pointing towards.
Edited by jfish26101 - 8/6/11 at 10:46am
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Originally Posted by jfish26101 View Post
Yes very much so.

So going off of what everyone has said:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932
MB: ASUS P8Z68 Pro
CPU: i5-2500k (OC'd to around 4.5-4.8+ GHz)
GPU: GeForce 570 (with ability to add a second card if I want to)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 1600 (eventually double to 16GB if needed)
HD: Western Digital Caviar 1 TB
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB
CD Drive: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
Cooling: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
PSU: Antec Gamer Series 750w (Bronze certified)
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

That is ~$1,300 (w/o shopping other sites) which is sure to fall some over the next 10-12 weeks.

There was talk I should go with a P67 MB instead of a Z68 and some discussion on the SSD but this seems to be about what the discussion is pointing towards.
very solid build!
I like it
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Yes very much so.

So going off of what everyone has said:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932
MB: ASUS P8Z68 Pro
CPU: i5-2500k (OC'd to around 4.5-4.8+ GHz)
GPU: GeForce 570 (with ability to add a second card if I want to)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 1600 (eventually double to 16GB if needed)
HD: Western Digital Caviar 1 TB
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB
CD Drive: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
Cooling: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
PSU: Antec Gamer Series 750w (Bronze certified)
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

That is ~$1,300 (w/o shopping other sites) which is sure to fall some over the next 10-12 weeks.

There was talk I should go with a P67 MB instead of a Z68 and some discussion on the SSD but this seems to be about what the discussion is pointing towards.
Get the Crucial M4 if you are willing to spend some extra money. Same thing as the C300, just extra speed for the extra cash.
Also, be sure that the GTX570 is non-reference if you plan on overclocking it.

Magnificent build though

I prefer P67 to Z68 when the SSD is an OS drive, but if you're going to use the extra features then go for it. P67 can save you some money and you'll get some extra usb ports too...
    
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post #44 of 68
I know this has been beaten to death but I'm just gonna throw my 2cents in. I would agree with everyone on going with the 2500k and a better GPU if your not doing video encoding ect. It will allow you to do a higher OC most likely which will out preform a lower clocked 2600k with HT. Also a good GPU is a big difference in gaming.

I would also say a p67 is better then the z68. I have tried the SSD cache compared to just SSD boot drive and in my opinion SSD cache just isnt there yet to make as much of a difference. I like my insane boot speeds of the SSd boot drive and being able to reformat windows in minutes rather then hours is important for me since I like to play with my clocks and reformat often. SSD cache in my opinion didn't compare. If i had it to do all over I would have gone this route and hope you at least consider it.
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I'll think about the P67 some more. It isn't that much of a difference so I figured I should go with the newer technology in case some day I do want to use the extra features. Every dollar makes it easier to get the larger SSD though.

Thanks to everyone for all of the advice.
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Get the Crucial M4 if you are willing to spend some extra money. Same thing as the C300, just extra speed for the extra cash.
Also, be sure that the GTX570 is non-reference if you plan on overclocking it.

Magnificent build though

I prefer P67 to Z68 when the SSD is an OS drive, but if you're going to use the extra features then go for it. P67 can save you some money and you'll get some extra usb ports too...
Some reviews I saw showed the m4 being slower than the c300.

When I say "slower", I don't mean that either drive is slow though. They're both impressively fast drives
    
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post #47 of 68
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Yeah the reviews on the C300 seemed better and I read a few studies myself that had it coming out on top. That is what made me lean towards that model.

If you bump up to the 120-128GB range for SSDs, do you recommend the Corsair Force GT 120GB SATA III SSD? Tom's Hardware had an article in early April '11 (I think) that said it was the best SSD for the $200-$250 range.

Thanks.

Edit: Went ahead and ordered the PSU, 50% seems like a good deal. So I've got my 750w PSU and W7 Pro 64-bit for $95 total so far.
Edited by jfish26101 - 8/6/11 at 10:45am
post #48 of 68
The C300 comes out on top when it comes to random read and random write (4k) times compared to most other SSD's, this is useful in your daily running of windows, the C300 128gb is faster then the 64gb ssd in these instances.

Also, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drive is very reliable, and about 2/3 the price of a 1TB Cav Black drive, the F3 is a popular drive around OCN :-P
post #49 of 68
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I went with Caviar for the warranty I believe but I can take another look at the F3.
post #50 of 68
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Just an update, below is the build I am currently aiming for:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932
MB: ASUS P8Z68 Pro
CPU: i5-2500k or i7-2600k (OC'd to around 4.5-4.8+ GHz)
GPU: GeForce 570 (with ability to add a second card if I want to)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 1600 (eventually double to 16GB if needed)
HD: Western Digital Caviar 1 TB or SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB
SSD: Corsair Force Series 120GB SATA III SSD or Crucial M4 128GB SATA III SSD
CD Drive: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
Cooling: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
PSU: Antec Gamer Series 750w (Bronze certified)
OS: Windows 7 Pro - 64 bit


The striked out components have been purchased so I'm stuck with them even if someone thinks I could have done better.

The SSD and CPU are still up in the air, as are the case and cooling unit (but I feel pretty good about those based on various comments/reviews around the net). Which ones I select will be determined by how good the sales are.

I bolded the MB because the more I read, the less it seems there is a clear distinction between the various P67 and Z68 MBs. I've read a lot of peopled that prefer MSI or Gigabyte to ASUS which has me wondering if I should just go with the cheapest version of whatever board I decide on. Anyone have any additional feedback they could give on the MB (or any of the components but lets leave the i5 vs. i7 debate out of it for now )?

Thanks.
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