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December 27, 2011 5:54:57 PM

Right, will try this again since I got ignored and snubbed by everyone.

Building a gaming system. (minesweeper, tetris, porn, watching kittens on youtube…Kidding….BF3; SW:TOR; skyrim; and other such games)
From the USA
Buying and bought through anywhere I can get a good price.
$850 to $950 budget

Already have
23” AW Monitor
Keyboard and mouse
Headphones (this will do until I get more funds)

Just bought:
I5-2500K (got it for a great price (199.99) so threw out my budget planned build of AMD)

HAF 912 case (43.00)

CM Hyper 212+ CPU Fan (20.00)

EVGA superclocked 560 Ti GPU (240.00) (rebate of $10)

ASUS DVD-ROM (19.99)

OCZ modxstream pro 700 Watt PSU (89.99 with a rebate of $30)

Win 7 64 bit OS ($90)

What I need:

MOBO was thinking the newer ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Which is 189.99 right now, so I think I might wait to see if they will lower the price this week, or I can go for the older version, but I don’t know I should cut that corner.

I would like the possibility to SLI later, so any other suggestions would be good with that thought in mind.

I also thought about a ASRock board to get a cheaper build, but still unsure about it, if anyone can help out with this. (FATAL1TY P67 PROFESSIONAL B3 Intel P67 is going for 189.99) or maybe a extreme3 z68 which would drop my cost for a mobo down a bit more better to meet my budget.

Need a hard drive, trying to cut on this price since they screwed us on HD prices lately.
A 500 GB I found was $80.00

And then needless to say, RAM that goes with the MOBO, I am thinking 8gb which is running $40.00

Any help would be appreciated.

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December 27, 2011 11:31:27 PM

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MOBO was thinking the newer ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


Good choice for motherboard - that's for sure - but if you're building a full size ATX system you should get a full size ATX motherboard.

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I also thought about a ASRock board to get a cheaper build, but still unsure about it, if anyone can help out with this. (FATAL1TY P67 PROFESSIONAL B3 Intel P67 is going for 189.99) or maybe a extreme3 z68 which would drop my cost for a mobo down a bit more better to meet my budget.


Asrock is fine but I wouldn't go with a P67 this late in the game. It'd be better to go with a Z68 since it will provide better upgrade options in the future (Ivy Bridge, PCI-e 3.0, etc).

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And then needless to say, RAM that goes with the MOBO, I am thinking 8gb which is running $40.00


Yes - just make sure it's 1600MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24. Pretty much any brand will do but avoid the Corsair Vengeance with the tall heat sinks because it will interfere with any aftermarket coolers you plan to install.

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Need a hard drive, trying to cut on this price since they screwed us on HD prices lately.
A 500 GB I found was $80.00


A lot of this has to do with the floods in Thailand where they're manufactured. The floods shut down a couple of key manufacturing plants that are owned by Seagate and Western Digital - so I wouldn't necessarily say we're "screwed" by the high HD prices.

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I would like the possibility to SLI later, so any other suggestions would be good with that thought in mind.


If you want to SLI I definitely wouldn't go for the Maximus IV GENE-Z as it only gives you 2 x PCI-e x 2.1 slots. This board will give you far better options for that for the same money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 28, 2011 12:29:22 AM

thanks for the response, at least someone finaly did. On the maximus my understanding was that the PCI slots worked x8 for sli, which the manufacter said was not a noticable difference compared to 2 x16.

how is the overclocking in a gigabyte board compared to a ASUS, never done it before, so looking for the easiest boards for a numbskull like me. Did even look at the biostar boards. Looked and liked the sabertooth, but as you say look at z68 instead of the p67. Also should I look more at the newer PCIE 3.0 (rev 3 boards, or am I alright for a few years without it.)

thanks again for the input
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December 28, 2011 2:23:42 AM

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thanks for the response, at least someone finaly did. On the maximus my understanding was that the PCI slots worked x8 for sli, which the manufacter said was not a noticable difference compared to 2 x16.


No problem. Yes - you will notice a difference in installing your video card(s) in the x16 slots as opposed to the x8 slots.

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how is the overclocking in a gigabyte board compared to a ASUS, never done it before, so looking for the easiest boards for a numbskull like me. Did even look at the biostar boards. Looked and liked the sabertooth, but as you say look at z68 instead of the p67. Also should I look more at the newer PCIE 3.0 (rev 3 boards, or am I alright for a few years without it.)


I don't really know - I'm not much of an OC person - you'll have to ask elsewhere, but they both should be pretty comparable. The Gigabyte boards don't have the UEFI BIOS that Asus and Asrock do, but they have their own Windows BIOS program called "TouchBIOS" that will allow you to OC and configure your board that way.

I like Asus boards, but I'm not a fan of the Sabertooth, I don't know what they were thinking with that one. However, I will say do not go with a Biostar board - I've used them and they tend to fail really easily, and I haven't heard good things in terms of tech support and RMAs for them.

If you want to get a board with PCI-E 3.0 that's fine. However, it will take a couple of generations of video cards from both NVIDIA and ATI/AMD to really take advantage of the technology. The video card manufacturers know this and they wouldn't have a lot of happy customers if they made cards that were only limited to people who owned the latest and greatest in terms of tech.
December 28, 2011 6:15:49 PM

thanks again, another question was you said stay with a atx mobo if building. the maximus gene-z is a matx but I thought it was just cutting down on some of the obsolete ports and slots I probably wouldnt use. Sorry if it seems like a stupid question.
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