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May 23, 2011 7:11:37 AM

Hello everyone!

I'm about to build a new GAMING / WORK rig.

GAMING: WoW, Rift, Witcher 2, Starcraft 2, etc.

WORK: Adobe Master Suite CS5, most of all Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamwaver
(with some After Effects and Premiere once in a while).

So far, this is what I got:

CPU: i5 2500k or i7 2600k
Mobo: Sabertooth P67 or Asus P8Z68-V Pro
RAM: 2x Corsair Vengeance 1866
GPU: Sapphire 6950 2gb (non-ref.)
PSU: Thermaltake's Black Widow 850W
* Case: recicling my old Antec P180 Mid-Tower.
* HDD: recicling my old SATA2 2x 320GB 3gb/s 7200rpm 16mb / raid 0.

What do you think?

Is it true I would benefit more from a Z68 mobo?

Is it true I would benefit more from an Nvidia instead of an ATI?

Could I still benefit from the Z68's SSD caching with my current HDD choice?
Should I even get an SSD?

Thanks in advance! :D 

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May 23, 2011 7:25:20 AM

Hey there!

I think the build that came out of my discussion might be of help.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/311651-31-first-build...

Scroll to the bottom. There are two options. Amp up the graphics card and you should be good to go.

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But to answer your specific questions:

1. Stick with i5 unless you know how to overclock. You'd be looking at only a 6% increase in performance for a cost of 90$.


2. Vengeance is fine. But the Corsair XMS 3 is on sale after rebate for $75. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-145-...

3. I'm not sure the reason. But according to this chart I found elsewhere in the forum... you should go with Nvidia


4. As for Z68.... The biggest benefit I am aware of (and I'm a newb so don't rely only on this) is the ability to do SSD caching. By the looks of it... I think you're okay with the harddrive choice for doing SSD caching. What I've heard is if you decide to pursue SSD caching check that your Read is ardound 200MB/s and your write is around 100MB/s. But hey the Asus Z68-Pro is sold out on Newegg if that's where you wanted to buy from.

5. This is what I was given to see if SSD caching was worth it. I'm leaning on yes.... but like I said I am kind of a newb (I'm just working on my first build).
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed...!%20Need%20Review%20(%241000%20All-Purpose%20PC)&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.legitreviews.com%2Farticle%2F1612%2F2%2F

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Good luck. Hope yours turns out awesome. AND DONT BUY OUT ALL THE PARTS I WANT!!! Haha. Twice while I was choosing components the ones I wanted got sold out.
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May 23, 2011 8:14:36 AM

Specifically this is what I will throw out there:


Z68 Gigabyte Build with SSD Caching
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Bundle 1: 389.98
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Bundle 2: 219.98 (after 20$ rebate)
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Harddrive: 44.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
74.99 (after $20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD for Caching: 124.99
Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: 50
Cooler Master HAL 2
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed...'s%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%20681111923...

Monitor: 119.99
Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed...'s%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%20682400926...

Power Supply: 64.99
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD R/W: 21.99
Some basic one...
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed...'s%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%20682713520...

Keyboard Mouse: 18.99
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed...'s%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%20682312609...

Total Costs: 1196.92 (...have 300$ to spare)
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May 23, 2011 2:38:21 PM

Skip that 460, the 4xx Fermi' run hotter, consume more power and are slower than the 5xx Fermis. Move up to a 560 Ti and you wont regret it, it's a great value purchase.
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June 12, 2011 9:59:42 PM

Best answer selected by martinduque86.
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