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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.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/311651-31-first-build-review-1000-purpose

    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=20-145-324&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

    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=984ed3ed6aa9a69986f88d56d10e7616&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2F311651-31-first-build-review-1000-purpose&v=1&libid=1306135070388&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.legitreviews.com%2Farticle%2F1612%2F2%2F&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2Fforum-31-322.html&title=First%20Build!%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.
  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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.652042

    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?ItemList=Combo.653513

    Harddrive: 44.99
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    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=N82E16820145324&cm_re=CORSAIR_XMS_8GB_%282_x_4GB%29_240-Pin_DDR3_SDRAM_DDR3-_-20-145-324-_-Product

    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=N82E16820233108

    Case: 50
    Cooler Master HAL 2
    http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed6aa9a69986f88d56d10e7616&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2Fmessage.php%3Fref%3D0%26numrep%3D0%26config%3Dtomshardwareus.inc%26cat%3D31%26post%3D311651%26page%3D1%26p%3D1%26subcat%3D322%26sondage%3D0%26owntopic%3D0%26new%3D0&v=1&libid=1306125295433&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProduct.aspx%3FItem%3DN82E16811119233&title=Tom's%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%206811119233

    Monitor: 119.99
    Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor
    http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed6aa9a69986f88d56d10e7616&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2Fmessage.php%3Fref%3D0%26numrep%3D0%26config%3Dtomshardwareus.inc%26cat%3D31%26post%3D311651%26page%3D1%26p%3D1%26subcat%3D322%26sondage%3D0%26owntopic%3D0%26new%3D0&v=1&libid=1306125295433&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProduct.aspx%3FItem%3DN82E16824009261&title=Tom's%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%206824009261

    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=N82E16817371044&Tpk=Antec%20EarthWatts%20EA-650%20GREEN%20650W%20ATX12V%20v2.3%20SLI

    DVD R/W: 21.99
    Some basic one...
    http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed6aa9a69986f88d56d10e7616&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2Fmessage.php%3Fconfig%3Dtomshardwareus.inc%26cat%3D31%26post%3D311651%26numreponse%3D2317706%26page%3D1%26p%3D1%26subcat%3D322%26sondage%3D0%26owntopic%3D0%23formulaire&v=1&libid=1306125800785&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProduct.aspx%3FItem%3DN82E16827135204&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2F311651-31-first-build-review-1000-purpose&title=Tom's%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%206827135204

    Keyboard Mouse: 18.99
    http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed6aa9a69986f88d56d10e7616&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2Fmessage.php%3Fconfig%3Dtomshardwareus.inc%26cat%3D31%26post%3D311651%26numreponse%3D2317706%26page%3D1%26p%3D1%26subcat%3D322%26sondage%3D0%26owntopic%3D0%23formulaire&v=1&libid=1306125800785&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProduct.aspx%3FItem%3DN82E16823126097&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2F311651-31-first-build-review-1000-purpose&title=Tom's%20Hardware%20Forums%20-%20Reply%20%2F%20edit%20message&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProd%20%5B...%5D%206823126097

    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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