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Advice on MotherBoard/PC for a Budget workstation/partial gaming

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September 23, 2011 4:01:58 PM

So here I am , trying to build a new System,

My requirements are : It would be Budget workstation for my Home-office use, Lots of server softwares would be run including Oracle/MSSQL,
Personal: Adobe Photoshop, Video Editing software.( Lots of RAW photo analysis)
Games : Will not be running the lastest games; but would require contemporary games to run flawlessly( eg. GTA4, upcoming MAXPAYNE). I have console for games but PC gaming is totally different.

The following is my component List; I am confused on the Motherboards but have decided to stick to the Z68 boards as of now ; with so much variety have finalised the components as such: Also should I be relying on the stock HS config ( I would be a newbie to OC'ing, but would definately like to try it out.)

If any one can help with the MoBo config would be great. I will most probably placing my order this weekend and gunning for a build next weekend.

Processor : Intel i5-2500K

Motherboard ( 3 shortlisted & confused) : :??: 
ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Graphics Card : ( Single graphics card, No SLI, crossfire as of now...Future maybe)
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC

ATX Cabinet : [BOUGHT]
COOLER MASTER STORM SCOUT

HDD's : Windows/Software
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

:Games/Media
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Windows OS 7 Pro

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a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2011 11:12:13 PM

For PSU: Check out the deal on PC power and cooling silencer mark II 650W. $69.99 with the CC before $20 MIR.

For HSF: You do need an aftermarket HSF for overclocking, the one that comes with it is just not up to par.
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ ~$30 - great performance, low price

Mobo: Also consider Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 $129.99 but if it had to be one of the ones listed, i would probably go for the last one
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - it has a good price and it got tom's award.

Graphis card: Check out a possibility to upgrade it to 6870, the price difference is so small, and the 6870 will perform much better at fullHD resolution
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a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2011 11:21:18 PM

Also because it is not just a gaming PC - maybe go with the i7-2600K
-Bruce
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September 24, 2011 11:57:46 PM

Thanks for your feedback @rvilkman, I will consider the aftermarket PSU, also will reconsider the Graphic card option.

@dish_moose : Since i will be OC'ing i will currently skip the i7 processor.
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September 26, 2011 12:53:32 AM

Best answer selected by ultafraz.
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