Originally Posted by pc-illiterate
build your own rig. you'll save money and put in the parts you WANT not what someone else thinks you should have.
these are the only advantages of a z68 chipset over a p67 chipset.
unless youre doing encoding with quick-sync or need the onboard gfx, or plan to use an ssd for ssd caching(which will help your ssd to a speedier grave) get a p67 chipset board.
if youre planning to buy an ssd, i dont really see a point in killing it faster using it for caching. an ssd is already plenty fast.
stick with 2 sticks of ram. it takes less juice to run them and that means your cpu will run cooler and its less stress on the memory controller.
buy a 2x4gig of 1.5v 1600mhz. its all you really need.
buying the p67 chipset, you can get a great board, better ram and a really good cooler. all coming in under budget.
well ive always built my own computer but part of my point with this thread was i didnt quite understand intel, also the main thing with the bundle is that it comes with a great overclock on it for not much extra cost which i liked... that link about the chipsets was cool though so thanks
it seems to line up with what ive been reading elswhere so far. i was thinking i should just get a p67 chipset but im not sure those are likely to be upgradeable to the new lineup of intel cpu's (ivy bridge?)? apparently z68 chipsets are... i have a corsair hx1000w psu so im not worried about power draw much, but if it makes things easier on the memory controller then thats a good thing.
Originally Posted by Blizlake
What I'd buy if that were my budget. Just rough prices, I use euros myself.
2x4Gb RAM = around 40£
i5 2500k = around 185£ Retail
ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 = around 90£
Total = A bit over 300£
A lot cheaper than the gladiator bundle even if you get an aftermarket cooler, and ASRock makes great mobos (I don't trust MSI mobos, too many stories heard and pics seen of failed mobos). But don't you have a cooler already if you're running your 955 be @3.7, or just stock cooler oc?
nah i need a new cooler! i dont know to much about msi mobo's but ive heard loads of bad stuff about asrock lol... im bored of asus mobo's and their buggy software though so definitely want something different!
Originally Posted by drbaltazar
op:may i make a suggestion?buy the i7 2600k!basicly it has hyperthreading(i5 2500k doesnt have it)enable ht (2600k)disable core parking,and enjoy 40 % better performance if you are streaming encoding,recording while playing your favorite mmo!(yes it make a huge difference if you plan to do all i mentionned above!
i dont plan on doing anything else while gaming so that dont bother me. i think the 2600k would be pushing the budget a bit to much to but thanks for the suggestion
Originally Posted by DUpgrade
He clearly doesn't need a i7 2600k for a gaming rig. The i5 2500k is fine, I like Asus boards like p8p67 or p8z68, I would go with 8GB (2x4GB) of decent memory 1600mhz, it's cheap for the most part. I have a Coolmaster Hyper 212+ cooler that wasn't too expensive but performs great. I think you'll be able to find a decent board and ram go with your CPU with what's remaining of your budget. That MSI board you posted I would avoid at all costs. Try to build this yourself you'll learn more and have better appreciation for your PC by doing it yourself. Good luck.
i have built plenty of computers myself so im not worried about doing so! i was just attracted to the nice overclocks that came with the bundles! i do appreciate the response though and will keep in mind what you've said Edited by ET900 - 1/5/12 at 2:54pm