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November 4, 2011 2:43:46 AM

Motherboard on my other rig died...time for an upgrade!

This is what I've narrowed down the search too:

Processor - Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4ghz

Motherboard - Asus P8Z68-V Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68

Memory - Corsair Vengeance 16GB kit (4x4GB) DDR3-1600Mhz OR Corsair Vengeance 8GB kit (2x4GB) DDR3-1866Mhz

I own an aftermarket cooler Corsair H50. Kept my Q9550 below 50C (but then again it was a hotter processor).




Thoughts? I think it looks pretty solid right there. I have a Corsair TX850 watt PSU and a EVGA GTX 470 SC.


Oh and of course the case will be a Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced :ange: 


So year...any input/comments/advice would be awesome. I own Arctic Silver 5 so I may use that unless there is something better.

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November 4, 2011 2:51:40 AM

You just about picked the best items you can buy... why the hell would you ask if they are solid... what a stupid ass really... these forums are going to hell

Hmm, do you guys think a 2600k is solid or how about Vengeance grade ram... please answer...
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November 4, 2011 3:04:48 AM

zloginet said:
You just about picked the best items you can buy... why the hell would you ask if they are solid... what a stupid ass really... these forums are going to hell

Hmm, do you guys think a 2600k is solid or how about Vengeance grade ram... please answer...

Don't be so hard on the guy.
Not everyone is tech literate.
Awesome build. However, get an AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 MoBo. Cheaper and offers just as many if not more features than the P8Z68V-Pro. What exactly is this build for may I ask? Your purpose matters, as it helps determine what parts you really need.
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November 4, 2011 5:24:04 PM

This PC will be a gaming rig, but I'll also do some video editing etc...

I game at 1920x1080. I did tons of research on newegg and google, and those three parts were what I came up with. I just wanted a second opinion but it looks like they're great.


Thanks!
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November 4, 2011 5:39:30 PM

I'd choose G.Skill over Corsair Vengeance. The Vengeance RAM I tried (on my mobo's QVL) would not run at its labeled DDR3-1600 speed (set manually, the mobo wouldn't even POST; let's hear it for MemOK), although it's fine at DDR3-1333. The G.Skill low-voltage DDR3-1600 runs out of the box at that speed, and at the lower voltage too.
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November 4, 2011 5:43:32 PM

Even lntel say to use a 2500k for gaming . You save $100 and lose hyperthreading which is useless to a gamer anyway .

The RAM has to be 1.5 volt or less . No telling from the information you supplied if thats the case . 2 x2 gig is all you need . 2 x4 is overkill , but cheap enough
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November 4, 2011 5:50:34 PM

It's a brag thread, it's allowed.

I say keep the 2600K if you don't plan on upgrading for a few years, if you plan on upgrading to Ivy Bridge, then just get a 2500K.

Stick with the 8GB of ram, it's so cheap and you may not be able to find a matching kit later on.

The GTX470 is definitely the weak spot and will struggle in some games at 1920x1080.

Make sure that ram is 1.5v (or less)

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November 4, 2011 11:07:30 PM

geekapproved said:
It's a brag thread, it's allowed.

I say keep the 2600K if you don't plan on upgrading for a few years, if you plan on upgrading to Ivy Bridge, then just get a 2500K.

Stick with the 8GB of ram, it's so cheap and you may not be able to find a matching kit later on.

The GTX470 is definitely the weak spot and will struggle in some games at 1920x1080.

Make sure that ram is 1.5v (or less)




Weak spot? What gives you that idea. Thing ran flawless with the Q9550.

As I said my mainboard died and I'm just upgrading the core parts. The gpu is solid. I have absolutely no reason to upgrade it to a 570 equivalent or higher.
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November 4, 2011 11:27:55 PM

Besides, I went on youtube and watched a few videos of people running the 2600k and 470 on Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2. Framerate looked very (45-60 FPS playable!

I do aim to OC the 470 seeing as how I could reach 700mhz. Any bottlenecking will be small as far as I can tell. But its good to have a more powerful CPU amirite? Leaves options for upgrading the vga card later on!







But the main reason I am upgrading - Skyrim.

PC Gamer reviewed it with the GTX 470. Said it was very playable and the gfx could be amped up. Dunno if they had a 2600k.



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November 4, 2011 11:52:41 PM

apaulson93 said:
Weak spot? What gives you that idea. Thing ran flawless with the Q9550.

As I said my mainboard died and I'm just upgrading the core parts. The gpu is solid. I have absolutely no reason to upgrade it to a 570 equivalent or higher.



If thats the case you have absolutely no reason to spend that much money on a 2600k and that motherboard .
A phenom 955
and a 970 series chipset AM3 + motherboard will set you back about $220
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November 5, 2011 1:08:00 AM

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If thats the case you have absolutely no reason to spend that much money on a 2600k and that motherboard .
A phenom 955
and a 970 series chipset AM3 + motherboard will set you back about $220



But they are newer tech. A phenom 955 is not new.

Believe me, I contemplated going AMD and a AM3+ motherboard but I want the power of an i7. A phenom II 955 is not a considerable upgrade from a Q9550.

Money is not an issue here. eBay has the 2600k for <$280.

Phenom II 955 - Four Cores

Q9550 - Four Cores

2600k - Four Cores but eight threads and can be oc'd well beyond 4.0ghz


Thanks for your input tho!
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November 5, 2011 1:14:23 AM

A GTX 470 is about the same power as a GTX 560 Ti, which is pretty good. His GPU is fine ATM. An X4 955 has similar performance to that of a Q9550, so that's not a good upgrade path:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=50

I say go with the i7.

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November 5, 2011 1:32:21 AM

Ok. Going with the original hardware in first post!


'sides. Once I got the juicy stuff in (cpu, mobo, ram), upgrading the rest can be a gradual process.
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November 5, 2011 4:12:46 AM

A phenom 955 will not be the limitation for gaming if hes using a GTX 470 .

Adding a more powerful processor will achieve very little , or even nothing ......for gaming
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November 5, 2011 4:30:28 PM

leaves plenty of headroom though for upgrading the gpu ^_^

It's not like I'm nevar upgrading again or am expecting massive increase in frames
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November 5, 2011 4:43:28 PM

AbdullahG said:
Don't be so hard on the guy.
Not everyone is tech literate.
Awesome build. However, get an AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 MoBo. Cheaper and offers just as many if not more features than the P8Z68V-Pro. What exactly is this build for may I ask? Your purpose matters, as it helps determine what parts you really need.



Looking at that motherboard you suggested on Newegg. The color scheme is awesome (Black and Gold). Only beef with it is the CPU socket is a wee close to the ram slots and there are only 4 USB 2.0 ports on the back.

$124.99 is very nice though (looks like I'd get more than what I paid for).


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November 5, 2011 5:40:48 PM

apaulson93 said:
Looking at that motherboard you suggested on Newegg. The color scheme is awesome (Black and Gold). Only beef with it is the CPU socket is a wee close to the ram slots and there are only 4 USB 2.0 ports on the back.

$124.99 is very nice though (looks like I'd get more than what I paid for).

Not to mention 2x PCI-E 3.0 for the next gen cards.
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