Gaming rig - $ 1300 +

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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    Hey there!

    I think the build that came out of my discussion might be of help.

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


    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.

    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).!%20Need%20Review%20(%241000%20All-Purpose%20PC)&


    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.
  2. Specifically this is what I will throw out there:

    Z68 Gigabyte Build with SSD Caching

    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

    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)

    Harddrive: 44.99
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

    CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    74.99 (after $20 rebate)

    SSD for Caching: 124.99
    Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive

    Case: 50
    Cooler Master HAL 2's%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&

    Monitor: 119.99
    Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor's%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&

    Power Supply: 64.99
    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

    DVD R/W: 21.99
    Some basic one...'s%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&

    Keyboard Mouse: 18.99's%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&

    Total Costs: 1196.92 (...have 300$ to spare)
  3. 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.
  4. Best answer selected by martinduque86.
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