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First Budget Gaming Build

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October 30, 2011 5:22:53 PM

Just wanted to get some feedback on the parts I've picked out, want to get everything from Newegg and I plan on doing SLI in the future which explains the 750W PSU.


I5 2500k



Motherboard -

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3)


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600


CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W

Case -

Antec 902 V3

Need help picking out a hard drive too, want to stick to 500-1000 GB with a 7200 RPM, in other words, inexpensive. Also, should I just get an OEM version of Windows 7 opposed to a retail?

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October 30, 2011 6:13:03 PM

Well for one it is newer and I believe the z68 will support Ivy Bridge chips (22nm) in the future.

Z68 also supports SSD caching so you can buy a small sad to boost your read/write speeds significantly. Z68 can also use Quicksync Video Transcoding.

It also provides the ability to OC the integrated graphics, but that isn't a big issue.

Really it is up to you, but Z68 is easily the superior chipset.

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October 30, 2011 8:13:30 PM

Since you are going for Asrock you might as well get the z68 extreme4 gen3. If you don't care about the gen3 tech then perhaps gigabyte z68xp-ud3 is for you.
You don't mention an aftermarket cooler, i am going to propose the Corsair A70.
Get a lower profile memory or the A70 wont clear it.
If you can afford it, get a 6950 or even a 570. The 750watts is barely enough if you overclock the whole lot. I suggest 850 quality watts.
HDD? Either wd caviar black/seagate barracuda 7200.12/samsung f3. Sata2 or Sata3 don't matter, it will never get saturated and 32 or 64mb cache makes next to no difference. Floods in thailand make prices go sky-high. Find the best giga per $.
October 31, 2011 4:22:33 AM

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