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2600k Which Motherboard? No SLI - $1000 total

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February 13, 2012 5:33:27 AM

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

Parts I could use but shouldn't:
Ram
: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
$194.99 6×240pin (24GB ram)

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

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

More about : 2600k motherboard sli 1000 total

a c 329 V Motherboard
February 13, 2012 7:49:14 AM

Hi there williamrussellajb,

Do u edit video or audio or other creative tasks?
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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 13, 2012 7:57:33 AM

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=N82E168...

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.

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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 13, 2012 8:01:04 AM

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=N82E168...

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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 13, 2012 8:07:55 AM

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=N82E168...


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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 13, 2012 8:11:49 AM

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


These mobos are for 2 different CPU's. P67 would be for the 2600K.

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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 13, 2012 8:17:13 AM

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.
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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 13, 2012 8:22:33 AM

Your GPU is great, use that : )
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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.
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February 14, 2012 3:12:18 AM

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).
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February 14, 2012 3:16:12 AM

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=N82E168...

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 :)  -
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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 14, 2012 3:17:44 AM

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 : ))
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February 14, 2012 3:17:55 AM

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=N82E168...

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


Killer Reviews, I'm sold again :) 
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February 14, 2012 3:19:38 AM

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!!!
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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 14, 2012 3:22:04 AM

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 : )
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February 14, 2012 3:34:49 AM

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!
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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 14, 2012 3:36:06 AM

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 : )
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February 14, 2012 3:46:13 AM

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?
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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 14, 2012 3:51:16 AM

Well, if u add another HD 6870, no need to comment : )
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February 14, 2012 5:05:35 AM


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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 14, 2012 5:35:49 AM

williamrussellajb said:
I grabbed this just now.
http://www.onewayfurniture.com/osullivan-portofino-work...

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!

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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 14, 2012 5:40:48 AM

I am sure, u will like it. The SSD will make it start insanely fast.
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February 19, 2012 12:25:13 AM

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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