Gaming/OC Z68 Build

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  1. You will most likely not need all the features of the P8Z68 Deluxe. I would say check out P8Z68-V, you will probably have enough features from that board.

    There are much cheaper memory kits available that are just as good, you don't get much benefit going past 1600mhz.
    So get a 2x4GB kit with 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz. Should be available between $50-60 for Corsair/Gskill/Kingston/Mushkin.

    I would rather recommend Corsair HX850 than that PSU, close to the same price.

    Also consider the 560Ti's, or possibly the new Sapphire VaporX 6950 - Check hardocp.com for the review.
    Dual bios card, which is flashed with a 6970 bios as the 2nd bios so you might get lucky and have a 6970 for cheap.

    A few thoughts there, hopefully it helps.
  2. I agree for the most part with rvilkman. I would downgrade the motherboard to the Asus P8Z68-V PRO. The Asus Maximus Gene is a great motherboard, but I see no reason to go with it unless you wanted a mATX board instead of an ATX board (and considering the size of your case, you really don't need a micro ATX).

    -For RAM, law of diminishing returns begins to set in after 1866 MHz, and stick with a set that is rated for voltage at or below 1.5v (recommended for Sandy Bridge processors).

    -For the PSU, 750 watts would be more than enough for your system unless you plan to add a second graphics card, and 850w is going into overkill territory. Here are a few options:

    Corsair HX750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010&Tpk=corsair%20hx750

    Seasonic X750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087&Tpk=seasonic%20x750

    Corsair HX850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=corsair%20hx850

    - For the graphics card, if you want to go with a 1GB 6950, here is an alternative that is from a better known brand and is also clocked at higher speeds:

    Gigabyte HD 6950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385


    Either way, with or without any of the suggested changes, your build is good and will work well.
  3. thanks for the tips

    i plan on adding a second card in 6 to 7 months not shure if i should go for a flashable/dual bios card since they could be unavailable in 6 months

    does anyone know which of these are flashable/dual bios

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=322873&CatId=7005

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7101568&CatId=3669

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7092103&CatId=2306

    for gaming/oc would it be better 8GB(4x2GB) or (2x4GB)

    and i would also like to know if any of these are better taking the price difference into account

    Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=40739&csid=_21

    Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 Vengeance 8GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM - 1866MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7025812&CatId=3361

    Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 16GB (4x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=154017&csid=_21

    I really dont know which is best and what is a waste and i would like this build to last at least 4 years

    i really wish to go 3d gaming if someone knows a good gpu config that supports this at 50fps least please let me know

    thanks in advance ; )
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