Approximate Purchase Date: Probably by the 19th of October, if not Black Friday (dont know if I should wait)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, Folding@Home
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, SAMSUNG S24A350H ToC Rose Black 24" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor, Logitech z-5500 speakers, Win7 64-bit OS, Antec 900 case, Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-700MA1S 700 W Power Supply, Tuniq Tower 120 cpu cooler. (if any of this might need replacing, please dont hesitate to say so)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: Living in the UK, but am stationed here with the USAF, so I am purchasing from US.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
ok then, couple of questions... what is the difference between a p67 board and a z68 board besides the integrated graphics? i dont really see a point in getting a z68 if i do not need the integrated graphics, granted if there were some more worthwhile reasons besides that, i could see getting one.
also, when looking at the card you linked vs the one i linked, i see the clear differences in speed on yours, but will the 1GB vs the 2GB memory size make a big difference?
oh and thanks for the suggestions, i think i may go for the muskin memory, but i think ill stick with the full sized board. still debating on an ssd, because if i were to get one, id get a 120gb sata III, and those are around 200.
anyone? my current 3 yr old build is starting to crap out on me. OS hard drive has bad sectors and my sata controller (im guessing) occasionally isnt recognized (aka hard drives are missing) when i restart my computer. getting annoyed with it, and am thinking i wont be waiting til november to get this built.
the Z68 boards have the integrated graphics, and thus you can use Intel's QuickSync for lightning fast video conversion. If there is anything the HD2000/3000 does really well, its video encoding. It makes a HD6990 or GTX 590 look like slowpokes at this, even if it falls down at gaming.
the Z68 also has SSD caching, to speed up your access to your hard drive