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$1000 build help suggestions sandy birdge

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November 12, 2011 11:10:57 PM

Im trying (TRYING) to build a good sandy bridge for un $1000 but everytime I post my parts people say there not good so please post which parts i should buy here is what i have been recomended so far...









November 12, 2011 11:32:45 PM

Please post ya component names so we don';t get RSI trying toi figure out what is in ya build

MoBo / CPU - 2500k is a gaming given but despite the nice reviews, I can't get behind a MoBo w/ only a 2 year warranty when every else offers at least 3.

GPU - Nice card, I'm partial to the Asus model, built another box last night w/ one but can't say anything bad about MSI. Can save about $20-30 if ya get the 900Mhz versions and OC it yaself.

Case /PSU - XFX is the best bargain available right no for a 9.5 jonnyguru rated PSU and the case is one I have built with many times. But it's a bit long in the tooth w/o a front USB 3 port, ....the Antec 902 V3 would be my recommendation at this budget level but right now it's $35 more than the 922 so Im thinkin tha mite be a bit steep for some.

SSD - the next generation Vertex 3 is twice as fast for just a 50% increase in price.

RAm I normally recommend the Vengeance but they $18 more today


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November 13, 2011 7:25:50 AM

Case - Thermaltake MSI Commander (60$)
Mobo - Asrock e3 gen3 (125$)
GPU - XFX 6950 1gb (240$)
CPU - i5 2500k (215$)
PSU - Xfx 850w (120$)
SSD - OCZ Agility 3 120giga (175$)
Cooler - Corsair A70 (39$)
RAM - Kingston HyperX Blu 2x4gb (45$)

Grand Total: 1019$ (Without shipping, without rebates, WITHOUT HDD)

If we change 6950 with 560ti (220$)

Grand Total: 999$

If we would the PSU to a 750 one (you can still SLI or Xfire later on with 750): OCZ 750watt (90$)

Grand Total: 969$

If we forget about sli and xfire, lower the psu and get a 570:
PSU - Antec 650watts (70$)
GPU - Gigabyte OC 570 (330$)

Grand Total: 1059$

We could lower it a lil more by playing with the GPU and the PSU but i think you got the idea. I tend to support 750watts and 6950:
PSU - OCZ 750watt (90$)
GPU - XFX 6950 1gb (240$)

Grand total: 989$

Notice that we haven't included the HDD so you might want to go to the 970$ solution and go grab an HDD from a local store for a good price. Remember: Caviar Black/Samsung F3 Spinpoint/Seagate Barracuda 7200.12

Final words: Most of the parts i suggest i have already worked with or know people that have.
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November 13, 2011 11:59:09 AM

CPU: $215 Intel Core i5-2500K

Board: $130 GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 - better VRM cooling and sturdier compared to the Asrock board for 2x bigger cards. Bit-tech got the 2500K chip to 5.0 on air on this one. X16/X8 SLI

RAM: $30 Kingston HyperX 8GB

HDD: $120 The SSD in your link seems like a bargain. The vertex 2 used to be pretty fast. Haven't check the reviews on the Vertex Plus series.

GPU: $350 EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570

PSU: $90 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - will SLI your 570 as & when you decide to go that way.

Case: $40 COOLER MASTER Elite 430 - side window, black interiors, good airflow and accommodates 12" long gfx cards.

HSF: $25 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Total: $990 after rebates. You'll be hard pressed to get a better system for the price in any away, shape or form.
November 13, 2011 12:18:14 PM

4 power phase design board and 2500k? seriously?
November 13, 2011 1:01:35 PM

4 Phase works, if properly implemented. You're not competing in some extreme OC'ing contest. As I said, if it's good enough for proclockers, OCN and bit-tech, it's good enough for me.

8 phase when implemented correctly requires less power to achieve higher clocks, but there are no true 8 phase designs - at least in this price range. Most are split 4 + 4.

In any case, an 6/8-phase supply won't always be better than a 4-phase supply. The switches and other parts used in the 6-phase supply are not identical to the ones used in the 4-phase boards. The 6-phase parts probably cost less and are much smaller. Both phase supply setups can meet the same requirements regardless of how many phases you use, it just depends mostly on how much you want to spend per part, how much space you have to work with, heat dissipation, your typical design problems.

The 8-phase switchers can be cheaper and smaller parts because they will not be stressed as hard as if they were in a 4-phase setup. Also depends on the phase IC's, in that they can dynamically change the number of phases depending on how much juice the cpu is asking for.

The only real world reason for having the option of 6 was for extreme overclocking. I'd assume that unless you OC the chip enough, it's going to be using 4-phases under load with a 95 watt chip, so 5 will probably be overkill for 99% of the market.

Hardcoreware: You can probably forget about most boards in its $110 price range, which on paper at least, do not compare favorably to it for the most part. The VRM, while not robust (it is just a 4+1+1 design), is made of very high quality, durable components. In fact, just about everything on this board is high quality for the price.
Hardcoreware: Your other options in this price range are other 6 phase boards, but look carefully at the VRM components used, and you may find yourself coming back to this one.
Bit-tech: The Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 looks like a winner, as it’s an affordable way of acquiring the features unique to the Z68 chipset. Gigabyte has cut corners to hit this price point, but it has done so sensibly and cleverly.

November 13, 2011 1:24:14 PM

I still wouldn't be using it for one of my own 2500k builds and therefor i wouldn't recommend it to other people.
I WOULD and have used the z68ma-d2h for i3 and i5 2400 setups, and without argument it works like a charm. The 2500k though, i'd prefer a little flavor.
So many users and enthusiasts have clocked their 2500k to 4.9 and 5gz. Look at all those happy people here
Initially e3 gen3 had a bios problem but it got fixed offering people outstanding OC with the press of a button. Why is it worth it spending more money for older tech that might or might not work when you can spend less for newer knowing it does work for the everyday guy?
Again, i am not debating that the GA boards are great or not, i can tell you they are great, we are debating on why should their older tech be chosen over the newer one that comes with more features and guaranteed results.
November 13, 2011 1:37:37 PM

vx53c said:
I WOULD and have used the z68ma-d2h for i3 and i5 2400 setups...
Unlocked multiplier chips with Z68? What the hell's wrong with H67/61?
November 13, 2011 2:02:20 PM

calguyhunk said:
Unlocked multiplier chips with Z68? What the hell's wrong with H67/61?

Absolutely nothing and you got a point. Saving money from the mobo to put it where it is needed. A little futureproofing though doesn't hurt.
Anyway, this is not a case of who is ultimately right (because it is just a matter of perspective) but what is best for the person seeking help. None of the suggestions is wrong and each one of us is right in their own light. Since we are not comparing numbers to be mathematically and absolutely sure which is the best motherboard (as far as OC goes) and given the factor that each chip is unique in it's capabilities, let's agree to disagree and provide the OP with solid facts:
Both boards are great and so is the z68xp-ud3 which is within the same price range.
All of them will clock you to up to 5ghz, with different voltages each one of them.
Out of the three boards the z68xp-ud3 offers the most sata3/usb3 ports and it is more decorated with awards
Out of the three boards only the e3 gen3 is gen3 (which you can neglect if you won't hop on ivy+gen3 some years from now). In GA boards' defense that doesn't mean they won't upgrade to ivy and gen3 cards, they will run it perfectly fine but won't support their full potential.
Out of the three boards the e3 gen3 has the most user/newbie friendly bios.
Out of the three boards the Asrock is the cheapest.
November 14, 2011 1:43:06 AM

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