Gaming and CAD Build Advice

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of this month

Budget Range: $1500 before or after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: FPS Gaming, light AutoCad work for school.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard and Case (Rosewill Blackhawk case)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon or ncix (especially if i can price match)

Country: California, US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Eventually

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or higher

Additional Comments: Wanted this asus monitor because of the 120 refresh rate, really need help with a motherboard selection. Is the gtx 570 worth it? Is 8-8-8-24 timing that much faster than 9-9-9-24 timing?


CPU: i5 2500K ($180 when pricematched at NCIX)
GPU: Asus GTX 570 Direct CUII ($320) (after $30 MIR)
MotherBoard: Asus P8P67 Pro ($180) (Read that this isnt the greatmotherboard, would like a better option)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1600 DDR3 8-8-8-24) ($65
HD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB ($150)
PSU: Corsair HX750 ($145)
Monitor: Asus VG236HE ($300) (after $20 MIR) (Wanted an IPS but didn't want it to be too slow for FPS games)

Appreciate all the help, anything helps!
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  1. Go With a Z68 Motherboard for around the same price

    That RAM is pretty expensive for just 8GB, make sure it is dual channel (2x4GB), 1.5V RAM

    Everything else looks good
  2. Sounds good, I've switched to the Asus P8Z68-V motherboard and this $30 ram. Appreciate the input! Anyone else?
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