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Build Upgrade, Critique Wanted

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June 1, 2011 7:23:17 PM

Thoughts on this build/upgrade? I've already got some parts, and I'm looking to spend as little as possible.

Things I want/need: 2-way SLI (3-way is too much), Z68 chip, unlocked CPU, (semi-) modular PSU

Case: Coolermaster Centurion 5 $50 (already have)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz $225

- 2 x Enermax Magma UC-MA12 120mm (one for case, one for CPU) $24
- 1 x Gelid Solutions FN-PX08-20 80mm $9
- Zalman CNPS10X Performa 120mm CPU Cooler $50

HDD: 500GB Hitachi 7200RPM SATA II $50 (already have)

SSD: Kingston SSDNow S100 16gb SATA II $60 (for Smart Response SSD caching)

RAM: 2x2gb PNY XLR8 1600MHz DDR3 8-8-8-24 $50

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-168X-UD3-B3 SATA III USB 3.0 2-way SLI x16 x8 Smart Response SSD $160

PSU: Raidmax Hybrid 2 RX-530SS 530 watt SLI/XFire Ready Modular LED $55

GPU: EVGA GTX460 768mb @ 907/1814/2133 $140 (already have)

Sound: ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 24-bit 192KHz PCI $50 (already have)

Total: $923
- $290

I don't want to replace anything that I already have... I'm 16 and on a tight budget. The main upgrade is changing out the AMD DDR2 / Phenom II X2 555 stuff that I have in right now.

The first step of the upgrade is upgrading the RAM, CPU and Mobo ($435).

Thanks for any feedback!

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June 1, 2011 9:51:09 PM

Holy crap, that's literally my dream board. It's perfect. Thanks!

Any idea when it's gonna be in stock?
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June 1, 2011 10:52:16 PM

No clue, just thought the mobo looked neat. I especially like that they will be responsible for the warranty on the SSD.
June 2, 2011 1:58:04 AM

If you are to only crossfire or SLI 2 medium end cards, I would suggest you to keep your CPU and your board. Can you do crossfire with your old board? Sincerely, if you don't put at least two 6950 together, the jump to intel will be a waste of money.

If you only got a single PCI-X slot, just go for a big card like a 6950 or even a GTX570.

I really think you are wasting your money by upgrading with the cpu you got. Just buy a aftermarket heat sink and OC that beast. These Phenom II are really good chips for OC. You can easily gain 15% with a good and cheap heatsink like a Cooler Master 212+.