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im coming home from a deployment in about 2 months and ive got almost everything for my build. still waiting to purchase my Mobo (MSI Z68A-GD80), my 2600K, and my cards(2x EVGA GTX 580 SC). i want to use a ssd as my boot, and a few hdds as storage.

i was going to use 2 sata III 60gb ssds in raid 0 as boot and a few 2tb sata II hdds also raid 0 as storage (from what i understand hdds dont really max the sata III ports yet)

also unrelated noob question for the Z68. i know i can overclock the cpu and use the integrated graphics, but can i also overclock the graphics cards im putting in? been limited to laptop gaming for the last 4 years.

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Yes, you can definately overclock the graphic card just like the CPU. Although most people don't bother doing that since it doesn't give you as much of an improvement as a CPU overclock. With the GPU and processor setup you'll be running you probably won't even notice a difference in gameplay if you overclock the GPU.
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I would use the asus z68 mobo tbh msi aint too good, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703

You should be able to oc the 580s, you will just have to be watching the temps.

plan with the sdds and hdds seems fair, overkill but fair.
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Originally Posted by LibertyWarrior;14608507 
Yes, you can definately overclock the graphic card just like the CPU. Although most people don't bother doing that since it doesn't give you as much of an improvement as a CPU overclock. With the GPU and processor setup you'll be running you probably won't even notice a difference in gameplay if you overclock the GPU.
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yea i thought that would be the situation, none of the z68 reviews clearly stated anything about overclocking the discrete graphics cards. im gonna run some bench's for my own personal feel good.

and thanks man, cant wait to be home again
    
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I would use the asus z68 mobo tbh msi aint too good, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703

You should be able to oc the 580s, you will just have to be watching the temps.

plan with the sdds and hdds seems fair, overkill but fair.

if i could get away with using asus i would, believe me i used to love them, anymore i cant trust them for anything but monitors though(3x27" is what im working with, still have to customize a rack for them though). im running a dual boot system. asus has all but banned the use of linux on anything they make.

im not too worried about temps ive already ordered my liquid cooling system, 3 loops(cpu, 580s, hdds and mem) plus 17 120mm case fans
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by microfister;14608632 
if i could get away with using asus i would, believe me i used to love them, anymore i cant trust them for anything but monitors though(3x27" is what im working with, still have to customize a rack for them though). im running a dual boot system. asus has all but banned the use of linux on anything they make.

im not too worried about temps ive already ordered my liquid cooling system, 3 loops(cpu, 580s, hdds and mem) plus 17 120mm case fans

Well i have the Asus p8z68 pro, I can only say good things about it. Maybe give Asus another shot? I have bought many products and they never gave up on me.
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yea their Z68 boards aren't bad, gigabyte is pretty good too, but i think his issue is teh linux thing, MSI has linux distro for their z68 board even!!! hahaha

i really like my G1 Sniper 2, they will be released very soon, and they are excellent boards, my favorite Z68.
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post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by LibertyWarrior;14608667 
Well i have the Asus p8z68 pro, I can only say good things about it. Maybe give Asus another shot? I have bought many products and they never gave up on me.

both of my last two laptops were asus and had no support for linux. i dont deny they make outstanding products, but i cant risk compromising my dual boot necessity. i want windows souly as a gaming platform.
    
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Originally Posted by Sin0822;14608923 
yea their Z68 boards aren't bad, gigabyte is pretty good too, but i think his issue is teh linux thing, MSI has linux distro for their z68 board even!!! hahaha

i really like my G1 Sniper 2, they will be released very soon, and they are excellent boards, my favorite Z68.

i looked at the gigabyte boards too, and my only problem was the lack of use of the integrated cpu graphics on the board i was looking at. and i started looking at some reviews of the z68a-gd80, and MSI claims up to a 20% performance boost with the PCIE3.0 slots over the 2.0. and like you said it comes with its own simple version of linux, so i shouldnt run into problems with the distro im going to use
    
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A nice feature of Z68 chipsets is that you can use a SSD for cache towards normal drive's. you can speed up the drive's by a huge margin and have alot of storage at the same time aswell. [Intel Smart Responce]

You need a very fast SSD for that but it can be small as 20GB, Intel got a special SSD just for that. a 20GB SLC SSD. It takes a while before everything is speed up though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167062
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