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November 24, 2011 4:13:42 PM

Will the motherboard be sufficient? The final price for the whole build is $1,710, but this includes peripherals, Windows 7 Home Premium and a monitor.

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE: CoolerMaster HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ADDITIONAL COOLING: Corsair Hydro H60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) 1600MHz (Corsair Vengeance)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOTHERBOARD: GigaByte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 (Intel Z68)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SOUND: Unfortunately using onboard for now...
VIDEO: CROSSFIRE'd HD 6950 2GB (HIS IceQ X Turbo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: 850W Corsair TX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 24, 2011 4:15:45 PM

2 things, your case link is broken, and it should all work, but make sure to check that your case has water cooling holes and your motherboard supports crossfire.

EDIT: I don't know if you're up to considerations, but this mobo seems a little better for the price,(ivy bridge and new gpu's ready)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 24, 2011 4:32:15 PM

if you have a gaming comp with 4 gig of RAM and you add another 4 gig ......you get no discernible improvement in fps .
16 gig is just pointless

Read some reviews of the H60 cooler . Good air coolers are cheaper , quieter , and cool better
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November 24, 2011 4:34:19 PM

Outlander_04 said:
if you have a gaming comp with 4 gig of RAM and you add another 4 gig ......you get no discernible improvement in fps .
16 gig is just pointless

Read some reviews of the H60 cooler . Good air coolers are cheaper , quieter , and cool better
No, I've found a deal somewhere that makes the 16gb pack the same price as the 8gb pack. Is the motherboard fine for crossfiring those two cards?
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November 24, 2011 4:46:10 PM

drunkducki said:
i would cut your memory to 8gb $75 - $30 = $45

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and change the PSU $135 - $120 = $15

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and get a 64gb ssd with the money you saved ($60) + $52 = $112

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm not getting the RAM from Newegg. I found a dealer that's selling it to me at the same price as an 8gb pack. Quite personally I don't know if that 64gb SSD drive is worth it...

I'll change that PSU. Thanks.
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November 24, 2011 4:47:12 PM

Sailor Moon said:
No, I've found a deal somewhere that makes the 16gb pack the same price as the 8gb pack. Is the motherboard fine for crossfiring those two cards?


Thats a m-ATX motherboard , and you have a full ATX case . It will fit, but you are probably better off with a full size board if you are cross firing . There will be more room , better power management [ usually]. Stick with a Z68 board
This is the best place to spend the $ you save on the RAM
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November 24, 2011 4:53:29 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Thats a m-ATX motherboard , and you have a full ATX case . It will fit, but you are probably better off with a full size board if you are cross firing . There will be more room , better power management [ usually]. Stick with a Z68 board
This is the best place to spend the $ you save on the RAM

So I'm confused - is the mobo I selected fine (its a Z68)? Thanks for your advice, I really appreciate it. Already looking for deals on 8gb packs.
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November 24, 2011 5:35:29 PM

m-ATX motherboards are shorter top to bottom than an ATX board , and have 2 0r 3 less expansion slots .
The mounting holes are in the same place though so they fit in an ATX case .
And yes that board can crossfire , but the two graphics cards will fill the entire motherboard leaving no other room , and they will be packed close together so over heating is more likely .
Since you have a larger case you may as well use a full ATX motherboard and give yourself more room, and probably better cooling.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $110 [ after rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

See how the two blue graphics card slots have two slots between them . The graphics card covers the slot its in and the one next to it . On your original choice the cards would be very close and the aiflow to the top one limited by its neighbor. On the board I linked that doesnt happen because there is extra space .
Thats a good budget choice IMO , but if you can afford it then

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

has a few extra features
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November 24, 2011 5:50:54 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
best motherboard for the money.
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November 24, 2011 6:18:20 PM

Outlander_04 said:
m-ATX motherboards are shorter top to bottom than an ATX board , and have 2 0r 3 less expansion slots .
The mounting holes are in the same place though so they fit in an ATX case .
And yes that board can crossfire , but the two graphics cards will fill the entire motherboard leaving no other room , and they will be packed close together so over heating is more likely .
Since you have a larger case you may as well use a full ATX motherboard and give yourself more room, and probably better cooling.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $110 [ after rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

See how the two blue graphics card slots have two slots between them . The graphics card covers the slot its in and the one next to it . On your original choice the cards would be very close and the aiflow to the top one limited by its neighbor. On the board I linked that doesnt happen because there is extra space .
Thats a good budget choice IMO , but if you can afford it then

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

has a few extra features

Thanks a lot! I can definitely afford your second choice so I went with that instead. I'm actually thinking about scrapping my current build and going for something more cost effective. Thanks for the help!
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November 24, 2011 6:38:16 PM

Best answer selected by Sailor Moon.
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