This was orginally suppose to be a $700 micro atx case build, since im in college and i didnt want some big case in my dorm room. But i moved into a private dorm where i hve my own room so i decided i was use a regular tower.(although i still dont want a big ass case with 900 blue leds) I want a simple case that looks nice and doesnt draw tons of attention.
Will mostly be playing WoW, DOTA 2, LOL, SWTOR when it releases and maybe some other games since im mostly an xbox gamer that ocassional plays pc games other then the ones listed above.
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Budget Range: $1000) Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: , gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
Preferred Website(s)_ Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Reliable brands ( corsair, gskill, asus...etc)
For gaming only, probably the best choice would be a p67 motherboard. But if you get a p67 motherboard, you won't be able to use the SSD caching, available only with z68 mobos.
I would get a p67 mobo and no SSD, by now. When u'll have some money to invest, you will enjoy a lot getting a SSD with 120gb of memory (probably the best so far is the crucial m4 128 gb) which will speed up amazingly your system.
Temporary wish list arent something you can share, it takes you to your temp wishlist, not yours.
Im going to change the PSU to the 650w. Im not getting the the 2500k since the k is for overclocking..and im not overclocking. But i gtg and cant finish this lol
This rig gives you an excellent case w/ great air flow and a 9.5 jonnyguru performance rated PSU that is capable of handling a 2nd GFX card down the road as an ez upgrade. I don't see Z68 doing anything for you as you described usage is not addressed by any of its advantages. I could be wrong but read the article on the link below to see if you agree. The 2500k is "the" gamers CPU and the 900MHz 560Ti scores numbers just a hair below the 570 and greater than the 6950. If you do the later upgrade to SLI, you'll toast a single 580 by 40% and fall just 1% below twin 570's. The RAM is low profile so won't bother CPU coolers and the Vertex 3 is a latest gen SSD w/ 550 MBps speeds.
Launched 5 months after the P67 and H67 chipset the Z68 chipset combines the advantages of the H67 and P67 Chipset so that overclocking, dual dedicated graphics cards and use of the integrated CPU graphics is available. Whilst on the surface it would seem that this would be the chipset to go for, how many users that have 2 dedicated graphics cards will actually want to use the onboard graphics when they already have 2 more powerful graphics cards in their system anyway?
The only real advantage is for users that wish to access the HD graphics features such as quick sync, but considering it’s only supported by very few transcoding programs and there are not many people out there that need or will want to transcode, it makes it almost pointless to choose Z68 over a P67 chipset.
Same applies to users that want to overclock the CPU but use the onboard graphics card; it’s a very limited market.
Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.
If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.
I don't see anything in there that fits w/ your intended usage. Your not OC'ing so that rules out 1st and 3rd paragraph. I didn't see anything mentioned which points to QuikSync so that's 3 down. Finally SSD caching is a non-issue w/ a 120 GB SSD so, no.....I don't see Z68 as doing anything for you.