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I've been running G.SKILLs in every build for the last 4 years, never had a single issue with a stick. On customer builds, I did a couple Corsair and OCZ sets, and I had to RMA 2 sets of OCZ and a set of Corsair. Vowed never to stray from them again.

Sapphire for video cards, G.SKILL for memory. Words to live by.

Also if you're a folder, you may want to consider the 560ti instead of the vid i recommended... ATI still isn't up to snuff for folding.

Enjoy a new rig though, with $600 you can do a lot
Right on, I've never heard good things about OCZ kits either, I actually made a friend return a kit to microcenter, and ordered him a g.skill kit
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Playing ignorant here, isn't the P67 the SLI (futureproofing in my case) option instead of the Z68? Keep in mind I've been out of the loop for a while...
     
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Z68 allows SLI just as much, and Z68 if you choose the right motherboards will allow upgrade to Ivy bridge later on as well, taking advantage of PCI3 and all that jazz. If anything, Z68 is the future proof.
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Playing ignorant here, isn't the P67 the SLI (futureproofing in my case) option instead of the Z68? Keep in mind I've been out of the loop for a while...
Z68 does SLI aswell. In fact I can make this very easy for you, the board that stands out a mile as the best buy is the Asus P8Z68-V. I don't really see why you'd go for anything else at the moment.

My vote:
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560ti/GTX470/GTX570 depending on how much your budget will stretch or what offers you can pick up.
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Z68 does SLI aswell. In fact I can make this very easy for you, the board that stands out a mile as the best buy is the Asus P8Z68-V. I don't really see why you'd go for anything else at the moment.

My vote:
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ASRock line supports the Socket 775 coolers (not sure on the ASUS one) which would make moving his H50 over a breeze. Also, ASUS has that silly way of sharing that 4x slot down bottom that disables half the other functions of your motherboard to utilize it fully, such as a lot of USB slots and etc.
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Z68 allows SLI just as much, and Z68 if you choose the right motherboards will allow upgrade to Ivy bridge later on as well, taking advantage of PCI3 and all that jazz. If anything, Z68 is the future proof.
This. That ASRock board he linked to should be pretty good for you. Only reason I went with biostar for you was to save money, because I was trying to squeeze in a gtx570. I ended up not having enough anyway, but if you are planning on adding another card down the road, you may want to go with a hd6950 for the extra vram.

Sent from my DX running Apex 2.0 RC4
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Z68 does SLI aswell. In fact I can make this very easy for you, the board that stands out a mile as the best buy is the Asus P8Z68-V. I don't really see why you'd go for anything else at the moment.

My vote:
i5 2500k
P8Z68-V
8GB Gskill RipjawsX
560ti/GTX470/GTX570 depending on how much your budget will stretch or what offers you can pick up.
Any discernible difference between the V-LE and the V?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131773 V-LE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131729 V
     
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 219,99$ - 15$ with coupon

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130572 139,99$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226217 49,99$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131378 179,99$ - 20$ with coupon

554,96$ and you might be able to get a couple bucks back with MIRs. With the 50$ left, you could get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125401

or this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125385

Both are pretty much on par with a slight edge for the 6950 in some games and a slight edge for the 560 Ti in some games.
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post #29 of 55
My vote goes with DaClownie's suggestion, with a couple of caveats/comments:

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Sapphire for video cards, G.SKILL for memory. Words to live by.

Also if you're a folder, you may want to consider the 560ti instead of the vid i recommended... ATI still isn't up to snuff for folding.
The 560ti is a nice card, but if budget becomes an issue, consider a 460. In terms of folding performance (and the OP did say in his first post that he is a folder) you can't beat a 460, and a good one can be had for less than the AMD card originally suggested. It ain't a bad video card either. You can always add another in the future and SLI them for better video performance.

Caveats: If you're going to fold with you GPU, don't get the AMD card. There's nothing wrong with it as a video card, but AMD cards do not produce good PPD. If you follow DaClownie's advice about the 560ti, don't get tempted by the plain 560 (which is cheaper), it's not much more than a factory OC'd 460 (which you can buy for cheaper and OC yourself.)

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Well, it depends on how you define "discernible", but I'd say "yes":
  • The V-LE has fewer USB ports and PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard in place of the "missing" USBs. Of course the "missing" USB ports on the V-LE are made up for by additional USB headers on the board so you can add your own later (a pair of USB ports is probably 10 -15.)
  • The onboard LAN controller on the V-LE is Realtek instead of Intel on the V (admittedly, this is not huge.)
  • The one I think is the kicker is that if you use two of the PCI Express slots on V board, they operate at X8, if you use two on the V-LE they operate at X4. If you got the route of SLI in the future, you're likely going to be happier with the V board. That said, alot of people who think that they're going to SLI never do. That said, for single card performance, the two boards are the same.

Edited by Florida_Dan - 10/16/11 at 7:32am
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