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Alright so this is just another Sandy Build thread, I pretty much got everything I need except for mobo, RAM, and SSD.
For motherboard my budget is around $200 and I'm currently looking at the Asus P8P67 Pro, are there other boards I should look into in that price range?
As for memory I still have no idea what I'm gonna get so please feel free to make suggestions, either 4GB or 8GB is fine.
For SSD I'm looking for at least 120GB and narrow down my choice to either the Intel X-25M or OCZ Vertex 2.
Really appreciate for the helps.
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Other boards you might be interested in the $200 range is MSI P67A-GD65 and Gigabyte P67A-UD4.

Top three boards I like:
Asus P8P67 Pro
MSI P67A-GD65
Gigabyte P67A-UD4

anything beyond this becomes ridiculously expensive for the features it provides. Not worth it IMO.
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Asus Pro without question. The UD4 doesn't have firewire, it only has 2 6Gb/s Sata ports, it has no extra USB3.0 ports over the Asus Pro, both are 12 phase, and the Asus has the Intel NIC. Asus has onboard bluetooth and ships with UEFI Bios.

Here's a great 2x2GB DDR3 1600 kit. Granted, I don't know how the red heatspreaders will look with any of the P67 boards. You could always do these instead.
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Thank you guys, I just ordered the 2500K + Asus P8P67 Pro and now it just comes down to memory and SSD.
How about this set compare to the Mushkin? I know it won't match the Asus color scheme but well, I'm still open to other choices and in no rush of ordering now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-311-_-Product
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Thank you guys, I just ordered the 2500K + Asus P8P67 Pro and now it just comes down to memory and SSD.
How about this set compare to the Mushkin? I know it won't match the Asus color scheme but well, I'm still open to other choices and in no rush of ordering now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-311-_-Product
It's okay, but for that price I'd still rather get the Mushkin Redline. It has way better timings than the G. Skill, I believe there is a G. Skill set that has the same exact timings as the Mushkin if you're looking to get G. Skill ram.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-351-_-Product
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I just ordered 2 sets of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303

Much cheaper better value and 1600mhz + CL7.

As for the SSD, save your money and wait for the Vertex 3 or C400 coming out in a couple months. They will be the same prices as current gen most likely, and much faster.
Edited by Backfat - 1/9/11 at 2:49am
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It's okay, but for that price I'd still rather get the Mushkin Redline. It has way better timings than the G. Skill, I believe there is a G. Skill set that has the same exact timings as the Mushkin if you're looking to get G. Skill ram.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-351-_-Product
I'll definitely look into that, how does the timing affect to overclocking Sandy Bridge CPU?

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I just ordered 2 sets of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303

Much cheaper better value and 1600mhz + CL7.

As for the SSD, save your money and wait for the Vertex 3 or C400 coming out in a couple months. They will be the same prices as current gen most likely, and much faster.
Is there a big difference and is it really worth it to get 1600 over 1333?
For SSD I don't think I could hold on for a couple months, I need one to build my rig now and since I'm gonna sell my current 1st gen Agility 120GB, I'll just pay maybe another $100 more for a good 120GB.
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I'll definitely look into that, how does the timing affect to overclocking Sandy Bridge CPU?



Is there a big difference and is it really worth it to get 1600 over 1333?
For SSD I don't think I could hold on for a couple months, I need one to build my rig now and since I'm gonna sell my current 1st gen Agility 120GB, I'll just pay maybe another $100 more for a good 120GB.
Yes 1600mhz > 1333mhz. While you will probably not find too many bottlenecks if any for 1333, at this stage in the game it's better overall to have 1600. There's also no real need at this time to go any higher than that, for every day use.


I really think you should hold out with your old SSD if you can, and sell that when the new ones come out. Take a look at this link and skim to the middle where it talks about pricing and the architecture shrink.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4086/m...s-415mbs-reads
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Yes 1600mhz > 1333mhz. While you will probably not find too many bottlenecks if any for 1333, at this stage in the game it's better overall to have 1600. There's also no real need at this time to go any higher than that, for every day use.


I really think you should hold out with your old SSD if you can, and sell that when the new ones come out. Take a look at this link and skim to the middle where it talks about pricing and the architecture shrink.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4086/m...s-415mbs-reads
Ok thank you, what do you think about these 2 sets:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145324
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314
The Corsair is currently on sale now with $15 off makes it become $100 for 2x4GB.
This is the more expensive but with lower timing, not sure if it's worth it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231401

For SSD, I can hold on to another month max so hopefully the C400 will arrive by then, if not then I might just go with whatever in the $200 range. My ultimate plan is to wait for LGA 2011 so this is just a temp solution while I'm waiting. So if I must get one now, either the Vertex 2 or the X-25M G2 would be a good choice right? I've also heard good thing about the Crucial.
Edited by iTravis - 1/9/11 at 8:09pm
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I would take the UD4.
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