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September 30, 2011 10:06:06 PM

This will be my first motherboard replacement. I'm not a gamer, but am a heavy multi-tasker. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Now

Budget Range: $800-1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, internet, email, Excel Spreadsheets, Access D-Base, watching video, listening to audio

Parts Not Required: Lian Li PC 6070-A Plus case, Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, 3 WD HDD totaling 2.25TB, Cooler Master Real Power RS-550-ACLY (unsure, possible upgrade)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Mobo ? CPU-Intel, GPU-Nvidia

Overclocking: Only if it will extend the useful life of system as it ages

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not an issue

Additional Comments: Socket 939 mobo has served me well for 5 years, time to go. If possible I’d like the upgrade to be useful that long. Need Mobo, CPU, Mem. GPU, PSU? And anything else that will improve performance and future proof.

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October 1, 2011 12:40:25 AM

Intel 2500k or 2600k processor
motherboards with a Z68 chipset
2x4 gig of 1.5 volt 1600 MHz RAM . Lower timings are better 8-8-24 is faster than 9-9-9-24 .
A solid state boot drive . Windows and applications here , documents folders on the mechanical drives .OCZ vertex 2 or 3 probably
Windows 7 64 bit oem
I would look for passively cooled graphics cards , or even a quaddro . Resolution IS IMPORTANT and so is the number of monitors
A 500 watt psu will run that very happily without breaking a sweat
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October 1, 2011 12:52:28 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Intel 2500k or 2600k processor
motherboards with a Z68 chipset
2x4 gig of 1.5 volt 1600 MHz RAM . Lower timings are better 8-8-24 is faster than 9-9-9-24 .
A solid state boot drive . Windows and applications here , documents folders on the mechanical drives .OCZ vertex 2 or 3 probably
Windows 7 64 bit oem
I would look for passively cooled graphics cards , or even a quaddro . Resolution IS IMPORTANT and so is the number of monitors
A 500 watt psu will run that very happily without breaking a sweat


That's really overkill for what he uses. an i5 or i6 just for mostly office work?

Get an i3-2100
Asrock H61 mobo
4gb G skill ram

He won't need a GPU, integrated graphics will be all that he needs.
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October 1, 2011 1:24:57 AM

cutebeans said:
That's really overkill for what he uses. an i5 or i6 just for mostly office work?

Get an i3-2100
Asrock H61 mobo
4gb G skill ram

He won't need a GPU, integrated graphics will be all that he needs.


Maybe .
but he does have an $800 + budget , expects a 5 year life cycle
and could be running very demanding image manipulation tasks , as well as complex database back ground processes .
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October 1, 2011 5:58:53 AM

Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning toward spending the additional money to buy performance for a longer period of time. Check this out and please let me know if you still think the 550W PSU will be adequate. Just in case I threw one in. The total comes to $1007.94 including the PSU and $837.99 without it (combo discounts, before tax & shipping). It's way more than I need right now, but......


ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $199.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz $314.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $117.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM $139.99

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $109.99

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W $169.99
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October 11, 2011 12:45:37 AM

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