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I'm looking to build my second computer, which has been much needed for a while. My budget is about 700$, but it might increase soon. My current monitor is 1280x1024, I'll be playing games like BF3, CIV5, and maybe Skyrim. I don't expect Ultra Max settings, but I do want a good framerate at medium settings at least. Also, I plan to use Photoshop CS5 and maybe do some video editing and encoding. I live 1.5 hours away from the Santa Clara Microcenter, and I prefer Tigerdirect for online (no tax).

Stuff I''m Reusing
  • Antec 300
  • WD 80Gb HDD

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post #2 of 7
Is there any reason for Z68 board? You can pick up a H67 board that is cheaper and potentially better.

There is really no recommendation for optical drive, any drive that is around $20 will do.
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

Is there any reason for Z68 board? You can pick up a H67 board that is cheaper and potentially better.
There is really no recommendation for optical drive, any drive that is around $20 will do.

Because Z68 boards have a greater potential for BIOS/UEFI updates to support Ivy Bridge. I would strongly recommend against purchasing a H67 board at this point.
 
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Originally Posted by Blindrage606 View Post

Because Z68 boards have a greater potential for BIOS/UEFI updates to support Ivy Bridge. I would strongly recommend against purchasing a H67 board at this point.

H61/H67/P67/Z68 all supports IB. It is up to manufacturers to decide whether to release BIOS update.
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i have a suggestion..use newegg and save about $20 per major component...
except the cpu..get that@microcenter

6790 has 256-bit bus and is around $120-130 @ newegg

h67 boards are around $70

TBH..i'd recommend the board in my sig rig if you're not going to overclock+use 1333 RAM..it's $50 good quality..officially my new backup rig

i'm sure the cpu and RAM and psus are cheaper,too

i'd recommend getting a hyper 212+ cooler with that cpu..
Edited by Schmuckley - 12/28/11 at 8:56pm
 
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H61/H67/P67/Z68 all supports IB. It is up to manufacturers to decide whether to release BIOS update.

Mobo manufacturers are notoriously sluggish(if at all) to release updates on products which are not of latest gen. Why take a chance(or rather wait for Z77), and purchase a chipset that is technically older at roughly the same price?
 
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Originally Posted by Blindrage606 View Post

Mobo manufacturers are notoriously sluggish(if at all) to release updates on products which are not of latest gen. Why take a chance(or rather wait for Z77), and purchase a chipset that is technically older?

ASUS, Gigabyte, Biostar all have released BIOS updates to support upcoming IB CPU (including H61/H67). MSI also promised IB support on its product. ASRock is the only company that does not make an official statement on this.

See if you can find an openbox GTX 460. Beats 6790 (I don't like 6790 at all, power hungry and under performer).
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