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I5 2500k with new z68 asus board, will this work?

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May 11, 2011 4:26:35 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: today

Budget Range: 800-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
graphic design, admin work, some gaming, internet, watching internet streaming


Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg,

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: CPU is Intel and everything else doesn't really matter as long as they're reliable.

Overclocking: yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 23'' ips lg




using this for photoshop/web dev/ gaming , will overclock in 6monts to a year......pretty damm excited! this will be the first ive built!

i belive the new chip set came out today ... z68 that used onboard video , and i hear its not bad .. but im willing to spend 160 more on i video card ....im going to get a lg ips from best buy and excange till i get one i like .. sound ok?? should i upgrade to 2600k??

(all newegg)


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$89.99


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
104.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
$94.99



ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
$209.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$224.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
$99.99
Subtotal: $844.93

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May 11, 2011 4:59:29 PM

If you are going to game, you will need discrete GPU. At ~$160, you're looking at an HD 6850. I have a couple recommendations to cut costs (not quality) to free up some cash for a better GPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <-- 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline $72.99 (about 1% slower than the G.Skill memory you listed)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <-- XFX 650w PSU $88.99 ($58.99 after MIR) Top quality PSU with enough power to overclock and Crossfire two HD 6950s

That case is meh, you could do better in the $60 price range, but that's personal preference.

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May 11, 2011 5:19:28 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline

added... looking at gpus now : )

sitting @ 788 with shiping... well now im thinkin....
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May 11, 2011 5:32:48 PM

should i stick with invida for the photoshop suite?
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May 11, 2011 5:54:19 PM

One of the features on some of these Z68 boards is that if it has the graphics ports and the Lucidlogix Virtu software, this software will examine the application that you are trying to run and see where you will get the best performance from. If the Intel® QuickSync technology will give you a performance boost it will use that and if the dedicated video card (like an nVidia card) will give you a performance boost it will use that. You won’t have to change the port that you monitor is running on to take advantage of this technology.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 11, 2011 5:59:21 PM

bbqpringles said:
should i stick with invida for the photoshop suite?


Simply put, no. There are only 1 or 2 plug-ins that can use CUDA. Video will be done through Quick Sync (otherwise, why a Z68 board?) so there will be no CUDA benefit there either. AMD currently is your best bet for price/performance. If you are not going to game across multiple monitors or a 30" 2560x1600 display, a 1GB HD 6950 will be your best bet. I've read that most unlockable 2GB 6950s are unavailable for purchase and you won't see a benefit of the extra gig of memory anyway. They also scale wonderfully so keep that in mind if you decide to add another card down the road.
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May 11, 2011 6:06:02 PM

Once again, I'm going to recommend switching to that XFX PSU. You really can't beat the quality at that price, or even more. Internally, it's the same as the Corsair 650HX (both manufactured by Seasonic), but for less money. HX series > Enthusiast series. I'm not saying the Enthusiast series is bad or even sub-par, I'm just trying to save you some money.

Nice choice on the case and IPS display, btw.
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May 11, 2011 7:11:11 PM

ok new list...


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


hmmm....that video card is spensive ....


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ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...

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May 11, 2011 7:20:27 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
One of the features on some of these Z68 boards is that if it has the graphics ports and the Lucidlogix Virtu software, this software will examine the application that you are trying to run and see where you will get the best performance from. If the Intel® QuickSync technology will give you a performance boost it will use that and if the dedicated video card (like an nVidia card) will give you a performance boost it will use that. You won’t have to change the port that you monitor is running on to take advantage of this technology.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team



does it have to be invida? id love to cap my spending on the video card @ 150-200...
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May 11, 2011 7:24:33 PM

nd_hunter said:
If you are going to game, you will need discrete GPU. At ~$160, you're looking at an HD 6850. I have a couple recommendations to cut costs (not quality) to free up some cash for a better GPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <-- 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline $72.99 (about 1% slower than the G.Skill memory you listed)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <-- XFX 650w PSU $88.99 ($58.99 after MIR) Top quality PSU with enough power to overclock and Crossfire two HD 6950s

That case is meh, you could do better in the $60 price range, but that's personal preference.



great, i made these changes , got talked into anatec box....

edit: i goofen... going with the hd6850
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May 11, 2011 7:34:33 PM

What about SSD or HDD?

OCZ Vertex 2 120GB

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB or F4 2TB
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May 11, 2011 8:42:11 PM

fogot hard drive !!

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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May 11, 2011 8:42:35 PM

Best answer selected by bbqpringles.
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