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April 7, 2011 11:22:40 PM

Hello,

I have to choose between the following 3 options, please advice as to which one is the best option? I cannot mix and match, these are they only options I have.

- I will not SLI ever.
- I will overclock
- I might crossfire after 2-3 years.
- This is not for a gaming build.

Option 1:

i7-2600k and the Asus P8P67 Standard Motherboard - $386

Option 2:

i5-2500k and the Asus P8P67 Pro - $351

Option 3:

i7-2600k and the Asus P8P67 Pro - $446

Thanks everyone for your help. For me, the first option makes the most sense and the best price vs performance but would like everyone's opinion.

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April 8, 2011 12:16:31 AM

If it's not for a gaming build, why do you need to ever crossfire?

What will it be used for? I can't tell you which until I know.
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April 8, 2011 1:14:38 AM

Ok, i'll probably never crossfire, maybe i should return my 650W psu then :/ 

It's going to be my everyday computer used for encoding and multi-tasking, light gaming (old games like need for speed) nothing gpu intensive, and basically something that i want it to last for 4 years.

I already have option #1 but can exchange it for the other options.

Basically what i need to know is, would you rather have a stronger motherboard or cpu?
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April 8, 2011 1:39:53 AM

Since you are encoding option 1 is your best choice. To be clearer, unless you are persuing very aggressive OCs the voltage regulation of the plain P8P67 will be adequate.
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April 8, 2011 1:59:07 AM

yeah, i am probably going to just let the asus auto overclock it and then when i know more about overclocking i will look into it.

The reason i was unsure was because 2600k is a flagship cpu but i am pairing it with the most basic motherboard.

I do believe I got a really good price on that. This is brand new deal from micro center if anybody else is interested.
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April 8, 2011 6:04:52 AM

Best answer selected by crazynuts16.
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April 8, 2011 3:04:26 PM

I know you said you were "locked in" ... but ... There's always option#4 ...
... Which makes much more sense, to me, given your stated usage.


i7-2500k and the Asus P8P67 Standard Motherboard - $ ? $ ?
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April 8, 2011 7:10:59 PM

That combo for me would actually be $326. I would much rather upgrade to a better cpu for 60$. I eliminated that i won't need the extra qualities of the pro mobo like sli and intel lan. But i do believe that hyperthreading will help me once more and more applications start using it.

Does anyone know good pc building guides? I have read a lot but more reading can't hurt. Also how do i make sure that my cpu cooler is mounted right and that my thermal paste is applied right etc.? Thats the only area that i am nervous about. Thanks for your help :) 

Alvin Smith said:
I know you said you were "locked in" ... but ... There's always option#4 ...
... Which makes much more sense, to me, given your stated usage.


i7-2500k and the Asus P8P67 Standard Motherboard - $ ? $ ?
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April 8, 2011 8:27:21 PM

There's a guide right here, can be found in the sticky thread at the top of the forum.
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April 9, 2011 12:37:04 AM

Lots of "goop" vids, on YT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kadSftmBKhM

my fave
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4

much/many more, on YouToob

From Us, to you ... (Thanks to the authors/maintainers, of these very helpfyl docs!).

PERUSE these docs ... BEFORE, and during, your build ... save us (& yersef) grief !

PERFORM THESE STEPS before posting about boot/no video problems!

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...

This thread is to provide a step-by-step guide to how to build a PC. These are the general steps required in building a PC, which can be performed what sequence you feel best fits your needs.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

Good Luck! ... We'll be right here, if you have need.

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April 9, 2011 1:14:16 AM

I finished building my system today. I had to rma the memory because the package it came in was in a really bad condition and i didn't want to risk installing that. Anyways i thought that powering it on with everything else perfectly installed will only give me a memory error (one long beep, 2 short beeps), which it did.

But my problem is that when i press the power button it powers on for 2 seconds, cuts out power including fans, and then powers on again normally after 4-5 seconds without me pressing anything.

Please advice.

Alvin Smith said:
Lots of "goop" vids, on YT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kadSftmBKhM

my fave
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4

much/many more, on YouToob

From Us, to you ... (Thanks to the authors/maintainers, of these very helpfyl docs!).

PERUSE these docs ... BEFORE, and during, your build ... save us (& yersef) grief !

PERFORM THESE STEPS before posting about boot/no video problems!

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...

This thread is to provide a step-by-step guide to how to build a PC. These are the general steps required in building a PC, which can be performed what sequence you feel best fits your needs.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

Good Luck! ... We'll be right here, if you have need.

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