First time build, Z68, retiring my Pentium II


You can stop laughing, yes, still using my Dell XPS Pentium II with 256MB of ram and Windows 98. It just keeps going and going. This replaced my 10 year old Dell XPS Pentium 120 (came with 16MB of ram and a 1GB hard drive), same story, never died. The original 1GB hard drive from 1996 is in the current machine, it's 15 years old and still going.

Primary use for new pc will be:

Photography - Lightroom 3

Perhaps some video editing in the future

I would like to run a normal speed most of the time but be able to overclock with the click of a button to batch process images, I think this is the ASUS auto tune.

No games

Never done this before, tell me if I am doing something stupid :)


Case - COOLER MASTER 690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


PSU - Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)

CPU Cooler

Antec KUHLER H2O 620 CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) latency 9, timing 9-9-9-24
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) latency 9, timing 9-9-9-24

Storage (system) - Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Storage (data) - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full 64


I'm still not clear on what memory to get other than 1.5v.

1) If the ASUS auto tune overclock goes to 4.4Ghz, what do I need for speed? 1333, 1600? What about latency? 8, 9, 10?

2) Is there any point going with more than 8GB?

CPU cooler

3) I'm not sure if which has the advantage, air or water, when dealing with high ambient temperatures. When it's 115F outside my a/c will get me down to 82-84. I'm fine with it but I need a cooler that can cope with it.

SSD wear and tear.

4) If, on a weekly basis, I load 1GB of files onto the SSD then erase them, how would that affect the lifespan of the drive? This would be for batch processing images.

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  1. Look, the Z68 mobos are nowhere near to be released, so you'll need an H67 mobo if you want to use the integrated GPU. Everything else is fine.
    As for the 2 RAM kits you won't made a mistake with either. Great RAM's. 8GB is excellent as for now, i think that you won't need more.
    As for the SSD i'd get a Crucial C300 128MB or the new OCZ Vertex 3 if you can afford them.
  2. Z68 shuold be available around 11 May, about 18 days from now!
    Reports that the Gigabyte Z68-UD7 is already out in select markets.
    Yes you need H67 for IGP, but NO OC - p67 = OC but NO IGP support. Z67 = best of both worlds.
    Forget h57. P67 B3 ver fixed the Sata II bug; However I have some reservations on the current P67- ALSO waiting on the Z68s

    Concur with OCZ Vertex-3, not a lover of the C300 (early generation sata III SSD).
    Based on reviews at the time comparing the C300 I opted for the Pheonex pro, a SF1200 controller same as Vertex-2. While a good diif between SATA II and SATA III SSD in Sequencial read/writes, thewre is not a lot of diff between the small file random read/writes.

    The intel, while no longer the speed king, they do hold the prize for reliability.
    As to the write longevity - don't sweat it. Rated for about 10,000 write cycles per cell.
    You could write 1 gig per day and it may out live you.
  3. Really? 11 May? Never heard before that the Z68 will be launched 11 May :o
  4. Asus [...] 5995.shtml
    Gigabyte ga-z68x-ud7-b3-caught-in-retail
    However ODD a snap shot of the back does not appear to have any video out.
  5. No D-sub connector at least.
  6. I'm adding a third vote for the OCZ Vertex-3.
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