Solved First Build - $600-$700 - MoBo help Tags: New Build Systems Last response: September 18, 2011 6:44 PM in Systems Share geoffcoigligh September 16, 2011 7:00:21 PM Going for my first build soon, and was wondering what opinions were on what I've selected thus far. First - the basic stuff: Approximate Purchase Date: Looking to get some parts (MoBo and CPU) by 09/18 due to current sales, plan on purchasing everything else by the end of September (2 weeks, 3 max) Budget Range: $600-$650 after rebates, max $750 after tax (there is alot of taxation here, roughly 13-15% plus environmental fees) System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, Crysis 2), watching videos, basic stuff (no video editing/rec/etc) Parts Not Required: PSU: Antec TP-650 Truepower New 650W Continuous Power Supply http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... Video Card: Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Chipset (830Mhz) 1GB (4000Mhz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI-I/Mini HDMI Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... Mouse, Speakers, Keyboard Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, canadacomputers.com (I live near a location so this helps save S&H) Country of Origin: Canada Parts Preferences: None Overclocking: Maybe SLI: Maybe Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 Additional Comments: I may look into OC shortly - might not do it at all though. If I try SLI it won't be for another 6 months or so if at all. ***** New Parts ***** CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... **My weakest knowledge base is MoBo's...I feel as though I'm almost obligated to go for this one just due to the sale and rebate - any feedback or advice is greatly appreciated** My original choice was this: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... HD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... Case: A couple of choices here... COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... OR NZXT Lexa S Crafted Series Black Steel Mid Tower Case http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6... I prefer the styling of the NZXT, and it currently offers a solid rebate. I'm well aware of the rave reviews of the HAF 922, but the NZXT is also well liked. Pricing With the HAF and initial Z68 MoBo $632.71 With NZXT and P67 MoBo $654.19 (before $50 in MIR) = $609.19 Thanks for any input (especially with MoBo's!) and comments More about : build 600 700 mobo madchemist83 September 16, 2011 7:07:53 PM I would go for ur original mobo choice m 0 l geoffcoigligh September 16, 2011 7:10:14 PM b/c of the chipset? m 0 l Related resources $600-$700 first time build gaming pc... need help... lots of help - Forum $600-700 Gaming Build (First Build) - Forum First gaming build $600-$700 needs tips - Forum First 600-700 Gaming PC Build - Forum First gaming build in progress (~600£ / 700-800€) - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution madchemist83 September 16, 2011 7:18:11 PM U know what nvm .. I just checked that link .. that's a fat rebate .. go for it and Z68 only offers SSD caching which rarelly used and Vitru for video transcoding so u good Share geoffcoigligh September 17, 2011 12:55:58 AM any other recommendations/comments? m 0 l madchemist83 September 17, 2011 1:29:49 AM swap seagate for samsung f3 and get a cooler for ur cpu m 0 l 008Rohit September 17, 2011 4:09:05 AM MoBo : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - PCIe 3.0 $125 CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $28 HDD : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60 RAM : Gskill RipjawsX DDR3 1600 2x4GB 1.5v - $55 Best 4 Choices for your budget. m 0 l aznshinobi September 17, 2011 5:43:38 AM All these parts are usually cheaper and orders over $50 are free shipping so cheaper than Newegg.ca (Exception of F3 1TB) i5 2500K $210 http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 $122 http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4863&v... G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 $27 http://directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5460&vpn=F... HAF 922 $91 http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC5964&v... Samsung F3 1TB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... Asus DVD drive $19 http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... Hyper 212+ $25 http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&v... m 0 l geoffcoigligh September 17, 2011 3:29:01 PM Didn't think a non-stock cooler would be necessary without OC'ing, but for $25 and the possibility I may OC in the near future I don't see why I shouldn't grab one. Would prefer this though (local pickup) Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8... Just wondering why people are recommending certain MoBo's over others/the two I'm looking at m 0 l aznshinobi September 17, 2011 4:51:25 PM Oh, buy it locally then. All the parts should be avail. at your local store. Newegg comes out to total at a really high price because of shipping. m 0 l geoffcoigligh September 17, 2011 7:16:11 PM Been double checking specs, and the 212 Plus isn't compatible with 1155 MoBo's...so for now I'll look around for highly rated 1155 coolers. Seems like the Samsung F3 comes recommended over the Seagate as well, going to swap that part out and go with the Samsung EDIT: So 5 minutes of double checking shows me the errors of my way - looks like the 212 Plus is back on the list haha m 0 l geoffcoigligh September 18, 2011 6:26:31 PM Best answer selected by geoffcoigligh. m 0 l madchemist83 September 18, 2011 6:44:37 PM good luck m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedFirst gaming build $600-700 Forum SolvedFirst computer build! 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