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Hey OCN,

Almost finished my build and am just waiting for IVY bridge to come out in order to complete it.

With that, I need to ask you guys and gals which CPU, Motherboard I should go with once they come out.

I'm not sure which socket or chipset to roll with either so any help will be very appreciated (and repped).

I don't plan to crossfire but I'd still like it to be an option, I need tons of USB, e-sata, and will have a total of 6 HDs in the rig.

So far I have 2 intel 520 SSDs 160Gb, 4x3TB WD Caviar HDDs, Antec 1200W PSU, Corsair 650D case, Corsair H100 Cooler, LG Blu-Ray RW, 16Gb Vengeance RAM 1600mhz. I plan on picking up an AMD Radeon 7970 GPU.

Which CPU and board would go best with these parts and why?

Thanks very much to all who answer.

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Intel 320 Series SSD 160GB LG Blue Blu-Ray RW Corsair H100 Windows 7  
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woo first.

Personally, I've just recently picked up the P8Z68-V mobo and will be pairing it with a i5 3570k, the replacement for the 2500k. But trust that you can NOT go wrong with Asus Mobo's. smile.gifthumb.gif

edit: As for the why, well, I've been building my own PC's for about ten years now and have had excellent luck with Asus motherboards both in terms of reliability as well as overclocking ability. You can basically do anything you want to an Asus mobo and get away with it. The 2500k is the current generation OC'able gaming rig best pick, pretty much, being that the diff between the 2500 and 2600 is 2MB cache and a miniscule stock clock speed bump. It seems very likely that the 3570, based on the thinner silicon will be a 2500k that screams. Fingers crossed. smile.gif

Also, I know you said you've decided on the 7970 which is obviously a wicked GPU, but from personal experience, I highly recommend an nVidia card if you are going with anything new. In my experience, AMD has a problem with reliable drivers within the first year of launch. Again, my experience only and ymmv but I will never buy another latest-generation GPU from AMD. Period! tongue.gif
Edited by RedStapler - 3/1/12 at 7:47pm
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post #3 of 4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RedStapler View Post

woo first.
Personally, I've just recently picked up the P8Z68-V mobo and will be pairing it with a i5 3570k, the replacement for the 2500k. But trust that you can NOT go wrong with Asus Mobo's. smile.gifthumb.gif
edit: As for the why, well, I've been building my own PC's for about ten years now and have had excellent luck with Asus motherboards both in terms of reliability as well as overclocking ability. You can basically do anything you want to an Asus mobo and get away with it. The 2500k is the current generation OC'able gaming rig best pick, pretty much, being that the diff between the 2500 and 2600 is 2MB cache and a miniscule stock clock speed bump. It seems very likely that the 3570, based on the thinner silicon will be a 2500k that screams. Fingers crossed. smile.gif
Also, I know you said you've decided on the 7970 which is obviously a badass GPU, but from personal experience, I highly recommend an nVidia card if you are going with anything new. In my experience, AMD has a problem with reliable drivers within the first year of launch. Again, my experience only and ymmv but I will never buy another latest-generation GPU from AMD. Period! tongue.gif

Thanks!

I do want to go for an i7 though. I also do alot of photography/videography so I need all the horsepower I can get. I have a $1000 budget for the CPU and board.

As for the GPU, I have to agree with you. AMD drivers seem to suck unless they are installed on a fresh windows install the first time. They seem to work great in that case. It is kind of a head ache to uninstall them, clean the PC, restart and re-install in order for them to work, but I'm very sold on the bang for the buck AMD has to offer.
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Intel 320 Series SSD 160GB LG Blue Blu-Ray RW Corsair H100 Windows 7  
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series SSD 160GB LG Blue Blu-Ray RW Corsair H100 Windows 7  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 244T Logitech G110 Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Corsair 650D 
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R.A.T. 5 M-Audio Firewire Solo 
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Anyone else??
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Intel 320 Series SSD 160GB LG Blue Blu-Ray RW Corsair H100 Windows 7  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 244T Logitech G110 Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Corsair 650D 
MouseAudio
R.A.T. 5 M-Audio Firewire Solo 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series SSD 160GB LG Blue Blu-Ray RW Corsair H100 Windows 7  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 244T Logitech G110 Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Corsair 650D 
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R.A.T. 5 M-Audio Firewire Solo 
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