Need tips on remaining components

VERY IMPORTANT: I wanted to wait for ivybridge to be released next year but i can't. I'd this system to get me by for now, using some components i already own. Then i will upgrade when ivybridge arrives next year.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 7-14 days

Budget Range: looking at mid-high range, not really on a fixed budget

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (GPU preselected), got a mac for docs, music and interwebs.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, SSD, GPU, PSU, RAM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anywhere thats cheapest

Country of Origin: united kingdom

Parts Preferences: No real preference, performance is more important than the company it comes from imo.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: standard 1080

Additional Comments: Would quite like something quiet, would always be nice.

Parts i already own:

OCZ Z-Series 850W 80+ gold PSU
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-039-OC&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=1098

256GB V100 Kingston SSD (only sata II i think, will it be a bit miserable?)

Radeon Sapphire 2GB HD6970
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-254-SP

G.skill RipjawsX 1333mhz 2x2gb

CoolIt vantage ALC cooler

A selection of 1tb and 2tb HDDs Green and black editions.


Dont know what else to say, look forward to some suggestions.
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  1. I think it would be a good idea to get another 2x 2 GB ram because it's cheap and it will benefit you whenever you want to multitask.
  2. I don't want to sound like an echo, but the i-5-2500k intel processor is the way to go
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    It can easily OC safely up to 4.5 GHZ with proper cooling, and you'll definitely get the most bang for your buck.
  3. Thanks for your input, i was already sure about 2500k, really should have put that in.

    Phenom, whats the advantage of extreme4 gen3 over the extreme3 gen3?

    And why that case, i havent even seen a review yet its so new. And the extra space on the side for fans is pretty ugly.
  4. Roverno said:
    Thanks for your input, i was already sure about 2500k, really should have put that in.

    Phenom, whats the advantage of extreme4 gen3 over the extreme3 gen3?

    And why that case, i havent even seen a review yet its so new. And the extra space on the side for fans is pretty ugly.



    it has the PLX PEX8608 chip.... With PLX PEX8608 chip, it generates more PCI-E lanes for PCI-E devices, so that all PCI-E devices are able to work at the proper speed simultaneously.... case is mostly down to personal taste... for that case... it has come with all fans included... while not being overly expensive...
  5. ok, do you have the case? how loud are the fans? I rather like the white 600T and the case is very easily adaptable for new gear, so i may splash on that.

    I just dont know how that mobo will perform with ivybridge? maybe the new ROG boards with PCI 3.0 or an MSI board would be benefitial? Thoughts?
  6. There's not alot of difference between the s1155 boards, just like the X58's

    If your going for extreme overclocks (high end water/Dice/LN2) then go for a board with good power delivery like the Asus Maximus IV Extreme

    If your just after a mild overclock (<4.6Ghz) then just go for a board like the MSI P67A-GD53 Intel P67, its got a good layout for 2 way CF/SLI, USB 3.0 support ETC...

    Your SSD is fine, super fast compared to a mechanical drive.

    I agree with you on the Corsair 600T, its beautiful :)
  7. I thought i read a z68 maximus z ROG pci 3.0 had come out but i found out it was only the little gene board which was a little annoying. I would really love an ROG board though, they are so nice. The only other boards that compare with the ROG are the 1366 boards really? (which i dont really want)

    The two boards you mentioned there aren't great for the ivybridge upgrade? thats my only issue. would you suggest i get an average board now, then go all out on a smart ROG when ivybridge come?
  8. Who knows what's good for ivy bridge?

    It could need the extra power phases of the high end boards, but perhaps not (I think the TDP is configurable, I cant find any info on its max TDP)

    If you want to be safe then go for high end, although it may not be needed.
  9. Another question... If i have a pair of 2TB green HDDs in Raid, can i still use my 256GB drive as Boot drive and put my User files on the raid?

    I did the SSD boot drive with 1 HDD for a friend but wondered if it was possible with 2 in a Raid.
  10. Roverno said:
    Another question... If i have a pair of 2TB green HDDs in Raid, can i still use my 256GB drive as Boot drive and put my User files on the raid?


    Yes.
  11. Thats great, never talked to anyone so helpful. Motherboard is really difficult decision, gonna have to mull it over i think.
  12. If its any help I'm using the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Intel P67 board, it has an NF200 controller for awesome 3 way GPU support. Overclocking is only limited by me (not willing to go over 1.51V)
    Runs cool, plenty of USB 3.0 ports (8 I think)
    No annoying flashy LED's

    Cost a bit though
  13. Im just going on a hunch here, but im thinking that to get the best chance of good ivy bridge compatibilty, it would be best to go with pci3.0 and z68?

    If i go for a p67 board, i would get something pretty cheap to last me until ivy comes out, then get a brand new board. Then again, the decent chipsets may take a while to release after that? hummmm
  14. PCi-E technology has always been backwards compatible (for example you can use a PCI-E 2.0 card in a PCI-E 1.0 Lane) I would imagine that 3.0 will be the same, but could be wrong. Might aswell go for a board with the latest technology to stand the best chance with Ivy.
  15. I built a £900 system for a friend of mine, with an extreme3 gen3 board. He has a GTX560TI Twin frozrII so it is definately backwards compatible. If only there was a Maximus IV Extreme Z Gen3...
  16. Roverno said:
    ok, do you have the case? how loud are the fans? I rather like the white 600T and the case is very easily adaptable for new gear, so i may splash on that.

    I just dont know how that mobo will perform with ivybridge? maybe the new ROG boards with PCI 3.0 or an MSI board would be benefitial? Thoughts?



    nope... coz now i'm using silverstone raven 2 case... but i did get my hands on 600t before... i'll have to say that the case is very quiet... but it feels that the fans are moving less air compared to coolermaster megaflow 200mm fans... to answer your 2nd second question i think you need to wait until next year to know that...
  17. I think i will just go for a Z68 board that supports PCI 3.0. I am pretty sure this should support the new IB chip. Either way, i think it will give me the best chance.
  18. Roverno said:
    I think i will just go for a Z68 board that supports PCI 3.0. I am pretty sure this should support the new IB chip. Either way, i think it will give me the best chance.



    agreed.
  19. Hoping this post will revive enough for a reply here....

    I have been looking at high end board that are Gen3 and manage at least 2 x16 slots.

    The MSI z68a GD80 Gen3 has a pretty poor number of SATAIII slots, but i might still get this board.

    The Asrock Extreme7 Gen3 look like a good option but certainly have to pay for it.

    ASUS ROG Gene-z gen3, bit small, not enough PCI-E. Really wish there was a full ATX gen 3 version of this board.

    gigabyte gen3, nty....

    Overall i think the ASrock or MSI board are best, 3 x16 slots looks V appealing, will buy tomorrow/ monday.
    Would love any further thoughts on this, thanks.


    Are there any board i have missed?????

    p.s Also bought 8GB Kingston Hyper X from OCUK at LITS for £40.
  20. i would still get the asrock z68 extreme4 gen3 over the msi z68a-gd80 gen3... as both have almost the same features but the asrock board is cheaper...
  21. What about the Asrock Fata1ty z68 gen3? i forgot about it, and it looks pretty good.
  22. oh... one more thing... just make sure the ram that you buy runs at 1.5v or lower which is recommended by everyone...
  23. dammit, i think that Kingston Hyper X Grey runs at 1.65V !! oops! :(
  24. Roverno said:
    dammit, i think that Kingston Hyper X Grey runs at 1.65V !! oops! :(



    do you still have the box with you? get the model number and google it so you won't make any mistake...
  25. Roverno said:
    What about the Asrock Fata1ty z68 gen3? i forgot about it, and it looks pretty good.


    it is a good looking board... and has nice set of features too... but not enough to justify the extra money spend over the extreme4 gen3
  26. hummm, just did a comparisson on asrock site of the ex4 and fatality. only difference seems to be couple more sataIII and USB3.0. Extreme 4 it is :D
  27. from what i know certain sata iii ports on z68 fatal1ty professional gen3 cannot be used simultaneously.... anyway +1 vote for asrock z68 extreme4 gen3...
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