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October 10, 2011 12:01:46 AM

ok I want to spend 800 dollars 1000 max on a tower. First I am trying to pick out a mobo. Now i want a board that will be upgradeable. I have a copy of win 7 64 so all my cash can go into the mobo and video card and hd and ram.

This is what i have to start, what do you guys think of this board? It has an intigrated gpu, that can be run in crossfire with a dif video card. But i believe it can run a monitor on its own.

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


this board has had some issues with ram but i think if u use the appropriate ram it should be fine.

for starters is this a decent board? I need to pick out a gpu to go with it I believe i have to run a radon card to get the crossfire.

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October 10, 2011 12:29:48 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

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Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

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Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

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GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0
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October 10, 2011 12:37:55 AM

^ pretty nice build

I'd spend a little more for something other than LITE ON as they tend to be noisy from what I've read. I'm starting to get annoyed by manufactures going with black PCB. It really makes the boards ugly.
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October 10, 2011 11:31:12 AM

dont yopu think i should invest in a better mobo then it would last me a bit longer, by being more upgradeable? what are your opinions about the board i picked out?
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October 10, 2011 11:34:31 AM

in other words help me find a good mobo, i was gonna go with an amd proc. with an am3 socket since the am3+ seems a bit buggy from rebiews ive seen.
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October 10, 2011 4:40:39 PM

flex2slick said:
dont yopu think i should invest in a better mobo then it would last me a bit longer, by being more upgradeable? what are your opinions about the board i picked out?

??? What are you talking about?
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October 12, 2011 2:15:52 PM


what do you guys think about, this mobo. I want to build a good gaming pc and i was goona start with this mobo. it has a built in video card and you can run another atx card with it in a cross fire configuration. I want to be able to upgrade it, so what do you guys think about this mobo.



ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131631


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October 12, 2011 2:21:29 PM

I think buying that motherboard is a horrible idea. Why Me was helping you pick out a much better motherboard already ;) 
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October 12, 2011 2:34:51 PM

cmadrid said:
I think buying that motherboard is a horrible idea. Why Me was helping you pick out a much better motherboard already ;) 

and plus, you'll have no upgrade path, as it's not am3+
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October 12, 2011 2:36:50 PM

Yes.. and with the ASRock board you get an upgrade path for both the CPU and the GPU.. it can take ivy bridge and pci-e 3.0
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October 12, 2011 8:26:46 PM

im not familiar with asrock, my only build i ever did was an asus and i had it for the past 5 years. does the asrock have a decent track record, also i always used amd, i never had an intel on a home build but i could try it, i see that board does have an hdmi out, so im assuming i could use that till i upgrade to a new gpu?
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October 12, 2011 8:27:13 PM

whats ivy bridge?
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October 12, 2011 8:31:02 PM

ASRock started off as the budget offshoot of ASUS, but they have really stepped up their game recently.. they share some supply chain links with ASUS still, which helps them get a 'good deal' on board components. 5 years ago I wouldn't be reccomending you avoid an AMD cpu.. but the way things stand right now, Intel wipes the floor with them
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October 13, 2011 5:44:48 PM

one think though, why is there a dvi and a hdmi port but under the specs it says there is no on board video? whats that about? also i bvelieve there is a max of 16 mhg of ram? i assume this is only with the specific type of ram? i hear that ram isnt as interchangeable like it was 5 years ago, u need to get the ram that was tested on the board.

my main question is why does that board have an hdmi and a dvi port but no onboard graphics?
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October 13, 2011 6:54:57 PM

the z68 chipset allows you to use the graphics built into the sandybridge CPU.. you will be better off plugging your monitor into your graphics card and letting the board use the integrated graphics for encoding tho
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October 15, 2011 12:13:24 AM

whats a sandy bridge cpu? is it like a north bridge, what is encoding?
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October 15, 2011 12:17:09 AM

flex2slick said:
whats a sandy bridge cpu? is it like a north bridge, what is encoding?

it's an intel cpu series. you can tell which ones they are because they will be an ix-2xxx processors. If there's a "k" after the 2xxx if it has an unlocked multiplier for oc'ing, like the i5-2500k and i7-2600k.
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October 15, 2011 9:20:48 AM

ok good to know when i look for the best proccessor to go with that board. ok im buying it, how is that proccesor he reccomended? it doesnt say how many cores it has but ill look a little closer, help me choose the best proccessor to go with the board and ill be set. should i wait to get the mobo before ordering other components? like ram and a video card? i want to be sure i get the ram it was tested with so i dont have any problems.
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October 15, 2011 2:12:30 PM

flex2slick said:
ok good to know when i look for the best proccessor to go with that board. ok im buying it, how is that proccesor he reccomended? it doesnt say how many cores it has but ill look a little closer, help me choose the best proccessor to go with the board and ill be set. should i wait to get the mobo before ordering other components? like ram and a video card? i want to be sure i get the ram it was tested with so i dont have any problems.

i'm assuming that you're referring to the build why_me posted, but the only processor better than an i5 2500k is an i7 2600(k), but for gaming, there is almost no difference between them. the i5 is a quad core, and the i7 is also quad, but has hyperthreading. So the i5 2500k would be the best for that motherboard. I wouldn't worry about getting the motherboard before everything else, cause you can tell in the specs if it has enough pci-e slots, and any ram should be fine as long as its 1.5v or less
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October 16, 2011 11:02:10 AM


ok i am going to oerder this board and proccess or, ill give itr a shot, i have always built amd mobos, and the intel is freakin alot of money but ill try it, so it is possible to use the onboard hdmi to get video befor ei get a video card? because if i can use it for a week or two before i get a vid card that would be great. i still dont fully understand why the board has a hdmi and a dvi port but the specs say there is no integrated graphics card?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271 $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072 $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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October 16, 2011 12:01:04 PM

there isn't a graphics chip on the motherboard, but the new intel CPUs have graphics built in.. you should be ok for a week or two with no graphics card for web browsing and such, not sure if you could play games tho
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October 17, 2011 1:32:45 PM

ok cool, what about a graphics card? at the time i want only one but in the furture i might set up two, they are called crossfire if its nvidia and acl if its the other? is that correct?


also is there a certain type of card that is recommended for asrock boards? is the nforce better than the geforece?

i want to spend around 250 dollars on a video card, is this enough or do you guys think i should spend more, and why? I do want something that meshes well with this board.
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October 17, 2011 1:52:35 PM

2 nvidia cards = SLI
2 amd cards = Crossfire

Either brand should work well.. I would either go for a 560ti (don't forget the ti!) or a 6950
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October 17, 2011 10:13:39 PM

cmadrid said:
2 nvidia cards = SLI
2 amd cards = Crossfire

Either brand should work well.. I would either go for a 560ti (don't forget the ti!) or a 6950

the non-ti is essentially an oc'ed 460, which is about $30-40 cheaper
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