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September 24, 2011 5:52:21 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 - 2 weeks

Budget Range: 800~ before rebates w/ shipping. I'm a bit flexible but my goal is under $800.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, Heatsink (have a Hyper 212+ already), Case fans (have a couple 120mm already)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: z68/p67

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I've scoured this forum for advice by reading other build threads in my price range and I've settled on what seems to be to be a pretty solid build. My main concern now is the motherboard. I wanted to keep my options open for SLI but I've decided to stick with a single card setup to keep costs low. My search for a motherboard has been tough because it seems like all of the boards in my price range have some glaring problem.

The motherboard here in the combo is the Asrock z68 Pro3. Seems nice, but I don't hear good things about overclock stability. I'm not looking for greedy speeds on my 2500k, just around 4.3-4.5ghz. I also looked at the Asrock z68 Extreme3 for the PCI-E 3.0 but also heard about overclock problems mainly having to do with the bios. Also, the overall impression I get from people is Asrock's customer service is awful. Having great experiences with EVGA, I've come to appreciate great customer service so that also deters me from buying an Asrock board.

I also checked out the GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 because of its attractive price and SLI features. I could get a 650w power supply instead and have future proofing and a great motherboard. But I hear that overclocking on the board is different, because of a locked voltage setting or some other.

So if anyone can clear up some of the things I've heard about these boards, or can recommend a motherboard in that $100~ or so range I would appreciate it. Any other advice or money saving deals you know of would be appreciated as well as I'm trying to stick to my budget but maintain quality. Thank you.

Edit: An additional I need a case speaker?

Case - NZXT Gamma - $35.99

PSU - Antec BP550 500watt - $54.99

GPU - i5 2500k + ASUS GTX560 ti DirectCUII TOP - $453.98

RAM - Asrock z68 PRO3 + Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600mhz - $153.98

DVD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB Sata 6.0Gb/s + Samsung DVD-RW SATA - $66.48

Total w/ Ship: $780.06

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September 24, 2011 6:51:42 AM

i5 2500K + MSI 560 Ti TFII OC $449 ($20 MIR)
Antec EA650 $60 ($20 MIR) PROMO CODE: EMCKAHK22
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 $125
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1333 $38 PROMO CODE: EMCKAHH27
Seagate 1TB + Samsung DVD $67
Rosewill Challenger $55
Total: $799 before rebates
September 24, 2011 7:13:14 AM

Thanks for the reply.

I have a concern about the Extreme 3 board, notably the amount of threads I've seen complaining that their boards have overclocking stability problems which seem to stem from a buggy bios. Are these isolated problems or something to be concerned about?
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September 24, 2011 7:22:24 AM

Not really something to be concerned about. If there is an issue it'll be solved in the next BIOS, I've already seen some betas involving the 1.10B UEFI for the Asrock boards and it seems solid.

If you are fearful, just get the Gigabyte D3H
Even cheaper.
September 24, 2011 7:43:33 AM

Hmm alright. I do like the Extreme3 board because of the PCI-E 3.0 slots. If there will be bios revisions that makes me feel better about it.
September 25, 2011 4:22:57 AM

Yeah for sure.
September 25, 2011 4:39:21 AM

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