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For starters, is this build alright? Gaming/emulation mostly.

CPU - i5-2500k
Motherboard - Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
Ram - G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage 8GB
HD - Spinpoint F3 1TB
CM Hyper 212 and MX-2 paste
Haven't decided on a PSU yet but I don't plan on using dual GPUs and I'd like modular

I'm planning to buy either a 6970 2gb or 570 on my next paycheck so I don't spend so much at once time.

My question is will it be alright to use i5 integrated graphics until then? And that motherboard doesn't have onboard graphics... does that mean it can't use the chip's integrated graphics, or that it just doesn't have it's own and needs either an integrated or dedicated gpu to display? Probably a silly question but I'm new at this. I don't want to buy everything and not be able to even see anything.
post #2 of 13
thats a z68 motherboard so has option of using the i5s onboard gpu.

its fine to use onboard until you get your card but dont expect to be able to play many demanding games on it well.
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i do believe you need the Z67 boards to use the CPU's graphics (silly). But That motherboard is EXETREME overkill for you, a ASUS p8p67 PRO or Deluxe would be much better in your case. And for the Thermal paste get the MX.

And for the GPU will its pretty neck and neck, Choose ATI if you like ATI or Nvidia if you like them. I would just wait until you can afford your GPU before you buy your computer

Or what you could do is buy a 6950 and flash it to a 6970 for much less.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/306?vs=292


for a PSU a 650W would be well then enough for ya.
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Oopps i apologize about the board, though it was the 370$ one NVM!!!
Edited by inchy97 - 10/10/11 at 8:07pm
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Originally Posted by inchy97 View Post
i do believe you need the Z67 boards to use the CPU's graphics (silly). But That motherboard is EXETREME overkill for you, a ASUS p8p67 PRO or Deluxe would be much better in your case. And for the Thermal paste get the MX.

And for the GPU will its pretty neck and neck, Choose ATI if you like ATI or Nvidia if you like them. I would just wait until you can afford your GPU before you buy your computer

Or what you could do is buy a 6950 and flash it to a 6970 for much less.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/306?vs=292


for a PSU a 650W would be well then enough for ya.
its Z68 and that is a Z68 board
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Originally Posted by nekromantik View Post
its Z68 and that is a Z68 board
Thank you, and my goodness i just realized that

But there is a p67 PRO board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703

But i did mean the Z68
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post #7 of 13
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Good to know that I can use the i5's graphics for a while. I've already looked at benchmarks and it's pretty amazing compared to what I'm upgrading from.

My other concern I just remembered is that the motherboard only has an HDMI port. Is that normal these days? Or have newer monitors thrown out DVI connections?

Also, after I buy a GPU and want to run two monitors, would there be any difference running one monitor on HDMI and the other on DVI?
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Bear.dx-t View Post
Good to know that I can use the i5's graphics for a while. I've already looked at benchmarks and it's pretty amazing compared to what I'm upgrading from.

My other concern I just remembered is that the motherboard only has an HDMI port. Is that normal these days? Or have newer monitors thrown out DVI connections?

Also, after I buy a GPU and want to run two monitors, would there be any difference running one monitor on HDMI and the other on DVI?
The board has a hdmi port as it supports on board graphics from the cpu. Dedicated graphics cards have both dvi and hdmi. Hdmi is becoming more common.

You can run monitors on either one, but most cards have more than 1x hdmi and 1x dvi so you should not face any trouble and be able to use the same one.

The difference between DVI and HDMI are as follows:

Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
•DVI was developed by Digital Display Working Group (DDWG).
•It transmits digital video signals. Depending on the version, it transmits video signals in digital or analog format.
•The equipment where DVI is widely used are flat panel LCD computer and digital projectors.
•There are three versions of DVI; DVI-A, DVI-D and DVI-I. DVI-A transmits video in an analog format. DVI-D transmits video in digital format. DVI-I or integrated mode can transmit video signals in both analog and digital formats.
•DVI is like a computer connection with a large connector and a series of pins at one end.
•No provisions are made for the security of the content.

High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

•As compared to HDMI, DVI is more affected by noise.
•HDMI was invented by Hitachi, Philips, Sony, Toshiba, Thomson, Panasonic and Quasar.
•It transmits audio as well as video signals in digital format.
•HDMI is used in set-top boxes, personal computers, video games, blue ray disc players and digital TVs.
•The versions of HDMI are; HDMI 1.0, HDMI 1.1, HDMI 1.2 and HDMI 1.3. HDMI 1.0 does not transmit DVD audio, but HDMI 1.1 supports the transmission of DVD audio. HDMI 1.2 acts as an interface to computers. HDMI 1.3 backs color support. It is the only cable provided with PS3. Hence HDMI 1.3 requires larger bandwidth.
•HDMI cable is like a USB cable, that slides into the slot of the source device.
•Provisions are made for the security of the content. A digital copy called HDCP is used for providing security.
•HDMI reduces the amount of noise.
Both HDMI and DVI provide good quality output, and hence they are preferred over other cords. But the quality of output provided by HDMI is better than DVI; also HDMI has many advantages over DVI. HDMI has captured almost 100% of the market.
Edited by Chewy - 10/11/11 at 10:26am
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bear.dx-t View Post
Good to know that I can use the i5's graphics for a while. I've already looked at benchmarks and it's pretty amazing compared to what I'm upgrading from.

My other concern I just remembered is that the motherboard only has an HDMI port. Is that normal these days? Or have newer monitors thrown out DVI connections?

Also, after I buy a GPU and want to run two monitors, would there be any difference running one monitor on HDMI and the other on DVI?
depends on the motherboard. not many I seen have DVI.
your gpu will have 2 connectors on the card itself so you can run both monitors on the card.
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As far as the PSU goes you should be fine with 500W - 600W. No need to overpower your machine. Also, what kind of case do you have/are planning to get?
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