2600k Which Motherboard? No SLI - $1000 total

Hello Everyone at Tom's

I haven't updated my computer since the intel core 2 duo was cool :) .. With that said it's time for me to upgrade this slow computer. I want to build a nice gaming RIG that can also run the mac VM's (for work).

Parts reusing:
What I currently have:
Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
I believe my power supply is OK 750 Watts with a 32 rail. - It caught on fire once :non: but I replaced the fan and everything has been OK for about a year.

Video Card: Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563

Parts I could use but shouldn't:
Ram
: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417
I don't want this ram anymore since it's only 1333.


What I've been looking to upgrade
I would love to get the 2600k for a little overclocking.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

The motherboard I'm really torn about and its a huge reason I'm here.
I don't plan on getting SLI anytime soon... so I don't need the z68 motherboard then right?

ASUS Sabertooth X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665
$194.99 6×240pin (24GB ram)

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702
199.99 4×240pin (32GB)

What's the difference from the x58 and the P67?
Anyone suggest a motherboard for around $225?

Ram?:
Would love to have around 24 GB of ram with these VM's for work.
I'm completely open for suggestions.

SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211569

\\\ UPDATE to motherboard
I believe I would like to get the SMART cache SSD installed. How should I go about this?
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  1. Hi there williamrussellajb,

    Do u edit video or audio or other creative tasks?
  2. williamrussellajb said:

    x79 is not compatible with 2600K.

    I would not get this ASRock, even that is a great mobo, because 1 fact. The warranty is only 2 years.
  3. I'd say, this is probably best u can get for the $200. It is very good mobo.
    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI + PCIE 3.0, Bluetooth

    $204.99 + FREE SHIPPING

    Manufacturer Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

    And if u want to add another card later, its all ready. With bonanza of the features and strong OC. It is also ready for the future CPU compatibility.

  4. Sure, u can reuse the RAM and OC it to 1600MHz without any issue, and with a click of the mouse : )

    Unless u do the video tasks, and want to get 16GB of the RAM : ) I would get 16GB as it is dirt cheap now.

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

  5. With that mobo and low profile RAM u can OC with the aftermarket cooler u can go up to 5.0GHz.

    Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

    $54.99+FREE SHIPPING
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

  6. What's the difference from the x58 and the P67? 


    These mobos are for 2 different CPU's. P67 would be for the 2600K.
  7. Try to match the quality of the components.

    Get instead this SSD @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
  8. UPDATE to motherboard 
    I believe I would like to get the SMART cache SSD installed. How should I go about this?

    Forget about that, if u are getting SSD like that above, install all , the system + apps + page file on that directly and there is no need to cache it anymore. It would be good, if your system would be on the HDD.
  9. Your GPU is great, use that : )
    --
    Ram?: 
    Would love to have around 24 GB of ram with these VM's for work. 
    I'm completely open for suggestions. 

    U should use with 2600K , dual kit.

    32GB 16GB 8GB - assuming u have x 64bit windows.

    For more than 16GB RAM, u need Win7 Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise.
  10. nikorr said:
    Hi there williamrussellajb,

    Do u edit video or audio or other creative tasks?


    No video editing, mostly I run eclipse or multiple VM's for different software testing ( I work as a software QA engineer)
    This PC will be for gaming and mostly multitasking with work (multiple applications + every web browser open you can think of), eclipse IDE, VM's (Mac, windows, linux).
  11. nikorr said:
    I'd say, this is probably best u can get for the $200. It is very good mobo.
    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI + PCIE 3.0, Bluetooth

    $204.99 + FREE SHIPPING

    Manufacturer Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

    And if u want to add another card later, its all ready. With bonanza of the features and strong OC. It is also ready for the future CPU compatibility.

    http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/13-131-790-Z05?$S300W$


    I'm sold :)
    MAX 32 GB but the 8GB ram is very pricy.. so it looks like I'll have 16 GB. 16 GB should be plenty then :) -
  12. williamrussellajb said:
    No video editing, mostly I run eclipse or multiple VM's for different software testing ( I work as a software QA engineer)
    This PC will be for gaming and mostly multitasking with work (multiple applications + every web browser open you can think of), eclipse IDE, VM's (Mac, windows, linux).

    All u need than, is 2500K and some beefy GPU : ))
  13. nikorr said:
    Sure, u can reuse the RAM and OC it to 1600MHz without any issue, and with a click of the mouse : )

    Unless u do the video tasks, and want to get 16GB of the RAM : ) I would get 16GB as it is dirt cheap now.

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

    http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/20-233-198-TS?$S300W$


    Killer Reviews, I'm sold again :)
  14. nikorr said:
    Try to match the quality of the components.

    Get instead this SSD @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706


    Yes :) 500 Read 500 write.

    Added to the checkout :)
  15. nikorr said:
    Your GPU is great, use that : )
    --
    Ram?: 
    Would love to have around 24 GB of ram with these VM's for work. 
    I'm completely open for suggestions. 

    U should use with 2600K , dual kit.

    32GB 16GB 8GB - assuming u have x 64bit windows.

    For more than 16GB RAM, u need Win7 Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise.


    Currently I'm running windows 7 ultimate so I'm good there. The 32 GB of ram looks pricy so I guess I'll stick to 16GB.

    And nikorr ... I've never had someone so helpful on the internet. You are an amazing person. Thank you so much for helping me!!!
  16. When u match quality and performance parts, u don't have any config problems. Quality mobo is the center piece of the PC + great CPU + RAM + SSD = very fast PC already. Add fast GPU and u can do anything : )
  17. nikorr said:
    When u match quality and performance parts, u don't have any config problems. Quality mobo is the center piece of the PC + great CPU + RAM + SSD = very fast PC already. Add fast GPU and u can do anything : )


    I'm checking out with it as we speak :) Grand-total with a dvd burner $998 :) Right on the money!
  18. williamrussellajb said:
    I'm checking out with it as we speak :) Grand-total with a dvd burner $998 :) Right on the money!

    And if u can stay on the budget, its always the best : )
  19. With my video card... would it be worth it do go SLI? I mostly just play www.swtor.com maybe a little MWF3.. or is that just bragging rights?
  20. Well, if u add another HD 6870, no need to comment : )
  21. I grabbed this just now.
    http://www.onewayfurniture.com/osullivan-portofino-workcenter-10770.html

    decent desk I think, I hope the keyboard space and mouse space is enough.
  22. LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289
    Standard Return Policy

    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #: N82E16813131790

    Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835106150
    Standard Return Policy

    OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820227706
    Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
    Item #: N82E16820233198
    Memory Standard Return Policy

    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115070
    CPU Replacement Only Return Policy


    Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
    Item #: N82E16823175001
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  23. williamrussellajb said:
    I grabbed this just now.
    http://www.onewayfurniture.com/osullivan-portofino-workcenter-10770.html

    decent desk I think, I hope the keyboard space and mouse space is enough.

    Looks nice, contemporary and clutter free : )) Simple, but effective design. I like it.
    And the price is great!

  24. I am sure, u will like it. The SSD will make it start insanely fast.
  25. Nikorr maybe you can help me.
    I have installed everything you recommended but when I'm browsing the web (firefox, IE,) The screens turn black for 5 seconds and then turn back on with the message " display driver stopped responding and has recovered "
    I tried to turn my voltage on the cpu to 1.35 and the memory to 1.6 (didn't help)
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