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Hey guys, great website.

I'm building a nice desktop for some heavy photo editing and some casual gaming. I've been wanting to build a new desktop for a while and I knew Sandy Bridges would be a great option for me. I haven't built a computer since Socket 478 so I don't know much about the new products but I certainly can put it together. I just a need a little advice on a few of my parts. I already bought some pieces off Newegg:

CASE: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
Price: $90
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Price: $75 with coupon code
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Price: $80 with coupon code

So far I've spent $250 and I still need quite a few parts

CPU: i5 2500k - $230
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W - $119
GPU: Not sure, need some advice. Not a heavy gamer. Would like to run dual monitors for photo editing. $Under 200
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB SATA III - $124
MB: Definitely need advice:
ASUS P8P67 Pro - $190 ?
Gigabyte GA-P67-UD4 - $190 ?
HSINK: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - $30

Parts not bought: $~890
Total cost: $1140
Willing to pay: $1300 max

I'm looking to buy a mobo right now and just RMA later in April when they are available. I've heard some good and bad about the P8P67. Not sure if all the issues are solved. Any advice would be great. Thank you.
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post #2 of 12
since you take any advice I will advise that I think what you have chosen are comletely awesome!

For a GPU you should look into the HD 6850, the best value card out right now. You might not need all that performance but it is barely over your budget at $220 and has the best price/performance of any card out right now!

EDIT: I dont know a lot about the new motherboards but I can highly recommend Gigabyte's motherboards. They make some of the best motherboards around! I think that they were the best mobo company for 2010 although I may be mistaken on that.
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thank you hfcobra!

I'm hoping the Microcenter in OC is still selling the 1155 motherboards in their brick and motar. Otherwise I'll have to put this off until March/April.

I read up on the HD 6850 and am deciding between the
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 and
GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850

Both of these products are $180
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Overall great build! The HD6950 or 6970 would be a good choice due to the larger ram sizes that will benefit your needs.

If buying a 6950 some can have their bios flashed to that of a 6970, so you get a 6970 for 6950 money. Although it's not guaranteed on every card most do work.

I second the gigabyte motherboard option and i recomend the Asrock range of 1155, great price with more features than both asus and gigabyte at the same price bracket
Edited by Chewy - 2/17/11 at 5:18am
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I will say avoid the 2 boards i owned the ud4 and the bios problems isnt really worth it, also saw a few thread bout the p8p67 not starting up, dying etc.
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post #6 of 12
MOBO:
UD7 or Maximus IV Extreme (neck and neck, performance kings, only if you have the money though)

Sabertooth or P8P67 (I swear by a asus boards, owned 5 and all have never failed me)

GPU:
GTX 460 is Best Bang for the buck card as of right now, look into MSi or EVGA, better yet, get a 560 ti or even buy another 460 for SLi goodness.

HEATSINK:
DO NOT GET 212+, I REPEAT DO NOT GET 212+
get a Thermalright ailver arrow or a Noctua NH-D14, these coolers can eat the 212+ and/or the H70, spit out the remains and eat it again.
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post #7 of 12
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Will look into all those options. Thanks guys. I had one more question. I got my Ripjaws ram for pretty cheap ($75) but i noticed there was a Ripjaws X Series version made specifically for p67 boards. Will I have any problems with my ram? Should I return it and purchase the p67 versions?
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i5 2500k MSI P67A-GD65 Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Ripjaws Series 2x4GB DDR3 1600 
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My Advice Can Be Found Here..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ch1nesetakeout View Post
Will look into all those options. Thanks guys. I had one more question. I got my Ripjaws ram for pretty cheap ($75) but i noticed there was a Ripjaws X Series version made specifically for p67 boards. Will I have any problems with my ram? Should I return it and purchase the p67 versions?
The RAM you picked should be perfectly fine, and is a good set of memory.
    
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post #10 of 12
Build looks good get the p8p67 and a 6950
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