Partial New Build - Trouble choosing Mobo and Video Card

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)

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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)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not right now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need 2 eSATA ports


These two I am fairly certain I'm getting:


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 - currently $204.99 with $15 off with promo code EMCJKJG34, ends 10/19

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD4500HLHX 450GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - currently $129.99 with $40 off w/ promo code EMCJKJG39, ends 10/19

Was looking at a few motherboards, need 2 eSATA ports and a moderate OC capability in the $150-220 range, if you guys think it's worth it, i can go a bit higher.

Video Card:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $270, but out of stock. Can either wait or I could go for something else if there are better suggestions under $300 or so.

open to suggestions, from what I understand, I should go for about 8Gb and a CAS latency 9 or under, with a frequency at 1600 or above. Most of it is around $50

Total cost will be between 800-900 dollars, open to suggestions on all of it, and I have a bit of wiggle room, just dont want to overspend and bottleneck any part of my computer.
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  1. I would stick with the 2500K.

    Get G.skill 8 GB DDR3-1600 dual channel pack. ($42.99)

    don't get the velociraptor at all.

    get an SSD and a 1 TB drive instead
  2. mushkin mem

    this is the card i put in the last client build..........what a solid card.......i almost kept it for myself......


    all the features of its big brother minus a cppl pci slots..... at 170 hell ya

    and yeah id add an 30gig ssd

    add a 2500k and thats 900 bucks for a sweet rig

    good luck

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. bump. anyone on the difference between z68 and p67 besides the integrated graphics which i do not need?
  6. 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
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