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Need help finalizing a 1200 dollar autocad/gaming rig

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November 13, 2011 10:40:21 PM

Hey guys so I have been mulling over this build for a friend for quite sometime but he has finally gotten to the point of being ready to buy within the next couple weeks. So I was hoping you guys could put some of my final concerns to rest

This is the Build as we have it laid out at the moment.

Fractal Design R3 case(for quiet operation) 109.99

Asus z68 or p67 pro MB(this is one of my final issues as to
which to go with) 199.99 or 169.99 respectively

i5 2500k processor 199.99

samsung cd-dvd combo drive 15.99

msi gtx 560 ti hawk edition(if we get a good deal or just the twn frzr 2 of we dont 239.99

hyper 212 cooler 24.99

ram( this is where we are stuck as well, a guy at ncix said kingston and many of you have said corsair to me, so im at a loss) all he wants is 8gb at 1600mhz cas 9 50.00

PSU- M12II from seasonic 620watt, antec high current gamer 620watt, corsair hx 650watt modular.(i want modular but we are trying to save some money as well)
69.99, 69.99, 99.99 respectively

SSD- this is where I myself am the most inexperienced. Due to the flooding were trying to find a way to get as much hard drive as we can for the least amount of money, my thought was to get a usb3 external which are still far cheaper then the drives themselves and use that till prices fall but back to the SSD
Intel 510,320 , patriot wildfire, crucial m4. All are 120gb variants all are within 199.99 to 279.99

So any suggestions on what we need help with would be very much appreciated!!!! No os needed

Peripherals just looking for input on a LG IPS231P 23IN Widescreen LED Backlit on for 199.99 and he needs a new mouse so suggestions on that would be awesome

Thanks for your time guys

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November 13, 2011 10:59:01 PM

If you aren't doing video transcoding the P67 is a fine mobo series, otherwise the Z68.

RAM from Corsair or Kingston is good, take your pick.

Either of the Seasonic or Antec should be pleanty. But if you demand modular, go modular.

I'd suggest the Intel 510 or Crucial M4.
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November 14, 2011 12:00:43 AM

Hey thanks for the reply, Whats the drawbacks of the intel 320 compared to the intel 510 series ssd's
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November 14, 2011 12:01:54 AM

Get the z68. There are alot of cheaper options like the asrock extreme3 gen3
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November 14, 2011 1:12:50 AM

We were trying to find some gen3 boards actually so that the upcoming ivy bridge chips will have support, is there anything you would recommend cutebeans?
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November 14, 2011 8:23:07 AM

asrock extreme3 gen3
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November 14, 2011 8:48:10 AM

just make sure your ram kit runs at 1.65 or lower. If prices are similar get the 1.5 or even on a freak chance 1.35. If there is much of a gap don't bother. All will do.
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November 14, 2011 8:58:48 AM

Go i7-2600k!

Btw, there's no point to have an upgrade path to ivy bridge chips if you already have an i5-2500k.
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November 14, 2011 9:07:21 AM

cutebeans said:
Go i7-2600k!

Btw, there's no point to have an upgrade path to ivy bridge chips if you already have an i5-2500k.


Heh good point but instead of 2500k then what? i3 2100?
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November 14, 2011 9:40:38 AM

vx53c said:
Heh good point but instead of 2500k then what? i3 2100?


Get Sandy Bridge. First half next year.
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November 14, 2011 10:22:08 AM

Well, let's go.

Stick with the 2500k, it sure have plenty power for all games/app. If you want to transcode videos, rendering and stuff that LOVES multi-cores, a nice option would be the 2600k. But, even then, a 2500k it's far away from bad, a 2600k it's better, only this.

To be ivy-bridge upgradable: I have a P8Z68 Deluxe (NON GEN3), and even my mobo can receive the ivy-bridges (need only a BIOS update).
So, to receive the new 22nm CPUs, you will most need a bios update, not a GEN3.

A hint (based on my asus mobo): Take a bunch of selected asus mobos that you looking to buy, enter the website, locate each mobo, check it's downloads, and then it's bios updates. Check if last bios updates says something about support new 22nm cpus. If yes, then it's a mobo to buy!!

Z68 vs P67 - Z68 have 2 main advantages over P67. Can use the IGP to do some transcoding (superb fast), and use small SDDs as HDD caches (IMO, not worth, gains not THAT nice).

Saying this, if you not going for transcoding route, you can forget Z68 and save some bucks.
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November 14, 2011 10:27:22 AM

Ram Memory: Many tests shows us that using DDR3-1600 with nice latencies over some standard DDR3-1333 , DO NOT gives a measurable gain, (it would gain like 1~2% fps gain).

The only plataform that you have HUGE gains is in Llano plataform, that have it's IGP extremely binded to ram speed;

So, if possible try to save a few bucks in memory too.

I know it's not so much.. like, 10 dollars here, 10 dollars there.. but if you save a little in each part u could scythe a full hundred even
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November 21, 2011 12:37:00 AM

Thanks guys for all the thoughts!

I am slgihtly budget constrained so the i7 is out of my league at the moment but maybe down the road, I know that most 6 series chipsets will be ivy bridge ready with a bios update but only some will have pci-e gen 3 support thats why i was looking into that because the new ivy chips run with a gen 3 controller

The ram i will definitely look into, i didnt know that 1333 was really that similar to 1600, so that may definitely save me some money, as for the mobo im not sure if i will be donig transcoding or not but i was looking at the

MSI Z68 GD55 motherboard as a replacement for the asus i was looking at its cheaper and gen 3 ready, what do you guys think of that?

Thanks for all the help so far guys!
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November 21, 2011 6:27:27 AM

AsRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3
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