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#1 Mysterioustoker

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

suggestions needed

Processor: Intel core i5 2500k http://bit.ly/i22rw2
Graphics: EVGA GTX 560ti http://bit.ly/gE7goX
PSU: Corsair TX 650W http://bit.ly/13LsSm
Memory: Corsair Vengeance http://bit.ly/eA4kio
SSD (SRT): Crucial M4 http://bit.ly/kkMMoT
Case: Corsair 650D http://bit.ly/oXwPOi

I do need some guidance on a motherboard selection. This is what I had in mind. I want the Z68 chipset because I will be utilizing SRT (SSD caching). I plan on dabbling in overclocking in the near future so that is something to keep in mind. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good motherboard? I do not want to spend more than $190 for the board.
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://bit.ly/p8uatB

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:07 PM

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3, you also would want a aftermarket cooler when your overclocking. You can get the 6950 which is the same price with the 560TI and it's faster.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:39 PM

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3, you also would want a aftermarket cooler when your overclocking. You can get the 6950 which is the same price with the 560TI and it's faster.


Not necessarily true, there are several titles that the 560ti will beat the 6950, it just depends on the games he wants to play.
For example The 560ti will be better at games that are heavy on tessellation eg Crysis 2, CIV V, and even BF3
AMD/ATI finally caught up with Nvidia's tessellation capability with the 7series GPU's

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

Thanks, also, I was looking into the Z77 chipset features and really did not find much in terms of information. Could someone link me or give a quick description?

Yea I know I need a better cooler but the whole overclocking ordeal wont happen for another month or so. Ill pick one up locally when Im ready.


I think I'm set on the graphics card, It suits my needs at a fine price. perhaps ill snag the 448 core or twin frozr idk.

As far as the rest of the build goes, any up/downgrades anyone suggests?

Edited by Mysterioustoker, 15 April 2012 - 12:10 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

Ivy bridge info http://www.tweaktown.com/news/23564/intel_cuts_desktop_ivy_bridge_pricing_before_it_is_even_launched/index.html
Z77 Articles http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4651/lucid_virtu_mvp_hyperformance_tested_with_asrock_z77_and_intel_ivy_bridge/index.html
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4651/lucid_virtu_mvp_hyperformance_tested_with_asrock_z77_and_intel_ivy_bridge/index.html
Microcenter has really good prices on motherboard and cpu combos they have the 2500k listed @ $180 and they have great sales on cpu coolers from time to time
As far as GPU you could look at the GTX 480 too http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759 Its currently $250 but fluctuates between $210 and $300 if you can get it at its lowest the better the value

Ideally you want to get a minimum of 120Gb SSD, 60 fills up way too quickly, try this Mushkin Enhanced for $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236

Edited by diggi, 15 April 2012 - 01:37 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:09 PM

ill have to check my local microcenter for that. Those are some mighty fine deals. As for the SSD, it will be used as a cache for a much larger HDD. Intel's Smart Response Technology (SSD caching) lets you use a smaller capacity SSD paired with a larger capacity HDD to provide the low price of a regular HDD and the performance of an SSD.




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