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Need suggestions on i5-2500k gaming build

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August 31, 2011 4:37:39 AM

OK so I am building a new computer. Heres what I am trying to get to.


Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: August 31,2011

Budget Range: 1300 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA, Michigan

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel & Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes never did it before but willing to try.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Trying to keep it as future proofed as possible, quiet, and cool.

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This is what I am questioning.

i5-2500k & ASUS P8P67 PRO 3.0 REV

ASUS GTX 570

This is what I have already bought.

NZXT Phantom WHITE

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

WINDOWS 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CM Hyper 212+]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065] CM Hyper 212+

Corsair HX850 PSU Modular

Spinpoint F3

SO basically I am having my doubts on the mobo and on the graphics card. The graphics card is a monster from the devil him self= HUGE. Also I heard the graphics card isnt that great of an overclocker. A lot of people having trouble with the voltage.The mobo I have heard a lot of people saying its a great board and others saying avoid it at all cost. The reviews are kind of in between.

I have about $750 left for MOBO CPU and GPU
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or ideas you guys can give me.

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August 31, 2011 4:56:27 AM

So how much money do you have left to work with for a board and card ?
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August 31, 2011 5:00:45 AM

about 750 but can probably push it to about 900 for the last three parts so about 700 for the MOBO and GPU
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August 31, 2011 5:08:15 AM

I would suggest not to get combo. Try looking for other mobo.
For GPU .. I would get 6970
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August 31, 2011 5:14:47 AM

Here's a board that just came out a few days ago and has the NF200 Bridge which allows you to run cards @ x16 & x16 not to mention it's has the PCI-E 3.0 slots that will be supported by Ivy Bridge.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <---- A better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/index.html <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Intel Ivy Bridge due out next spring

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <---- this review done last week shows that boards with the NF200 bridge do help to reduce micro stutter in regards to SLI.
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August 31, 2011 5:18:36 AM

wow that board is straight up awesomness .. kinda pricey
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August 31, 2011 5:18:39 AM

Why_Me said:
Here's a board that just came out a few days ago and has the NF200 Bridge which allows you to run cards @ x16 & x16.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <---- A better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/index.html <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Intel Ivy Bridge due out next spring

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <---- this review done last week shows that boards with the NF200 bridge do help to reduce micro stutter in regards to SLI.


I have actually been look at that board and the fat1 board brings me down off this board because,

Doesn't give the 3 year warranty standard.

Only one x16 3.0 pcie lane for future proofing.

Also heard the BIOS is buggy


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August 31, 2011 5:26:03 AM

i don't see a oint in z68 if u just play games .. for me it's a board for video editing
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August 31, 2011 5:31:29 AM

stevex033 said:
I have actually been look at that board and the fat1 board brings me down off this board because,

Doesn't give the 3 year warranty standard.

Only one x16 3.0 pcie lane for future proofing.

Also heard the BIOS is buggy

Only one x16 slot is PCI-E 3.0 supported? That's not what it shows on the Asrock site.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- here

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag... <----- Now zoom in on this pic.
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August 31, 2011 6:41:50 AM

1x pcie 3.0 4x pcie 2.0 under specs at the bottom of the details page
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