Help choosing motherboard and GPU for gaming pc


I'm building a gaming pc, that is going to last 4-5 years. It is not my only gaming device, I also own an xbox360 and i'm planning to buy next version of xbox too. I will be also used for browsing the net, some torrents, transcoding movies, no video rendering or sth. like that.

I'm having trouble choosing the right motherboard and GPU.

This is what my system will look like:
Case&: Rasurbo Vort-X USB 3.0 + 650W Silent/Eco
Power supply: RASURBO PSU ECO&Power EAP650 - 650 watts
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K (3,30Ghz, 6MB)
CPU fan: Scythe Mugen 3 rev.B
Memory: Corsair PC3-12800 KIT "Vengeance" 8192MB 1600 MHz DDR III Cl9
DVD-RW: Samsung SH-S222AL LightScribe
Hard disk: Western Digital 1TB "CaviarBlack"
GPU: ?
Motherboard: ?

On the motherboard I want to have USB 3.0, SATA 3, HDMI, option for SLI (to add another GPU in the future, if the new games get too demanding for only one GPU - planning to upgrade Power supply unit in the future if needed), and also a possibility for overclocking CPU and GPU. Maybe even SSD, if they get cheaper in the future.

I'm looking for the best price/performance, and I'm choosing between Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P and ASUS P8Z68-V. Something in this price range, max. budget would be ASUS P8Z68-V PRO

For the GPU I'm choosing between MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Twin Frozr II OC and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB OC. Is there any difference between them? Is it worth to spent a few extra $ and buy MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Twin Frozr II OC? Also loking for the best p/p.

Temporarily I'm going to use the old mouse, keyboard and monitor and buy them new later on. New monitor resolution will be 1920x1080 or 1920x1200.

I come from EU, and computer is going to be assembled in EU and I'm going to purchase it in about 2 weeks.

Thanks for your answers.
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  1. I'd suggest ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 for the motherboard, and the Twin Frozer GPU..

    I'd also suggest replacing the Rasurbo PSU with a Corsair CX 600, or Antec HCG 600W, or Antec Earthwatts 650
  2. OK, AsRock then is, it is also a bit cheaper than Gigabyte or ASUS motherboards. I have been reading quite positive responses from users, but on the other hand it also might have issuses recignizing the GPU, some trouble with BIOS? Have they allready fixed that?

    About GPU - still want to know, if it is worth to take MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB or 2GB. The 2GB model costs 36€ more - is it worth it, will the 2GB be more future proof?

    Will this PSU be good enough?
    LC Power LC6650GP3 "Silent Giant" v2.3 (55€)

    If not, I can get Corsair Builder Series CX 600W for 67 €.
  3. for a single screen, there will be no real difference between 1 and 2 GB. the 2 GB would only come into play with very large screens or multiple-screen resolutions.

    I would get the Corsair PSU, as its more reliable.
  4. OK, since I'm planning to use only one screen, i'm going for the 1GB one. Also I'll get Corsair PSU, got a nice price in an online store.

    My final setup looks like this:

    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K (3,30Ghz, 6MB)
    CPU fan: Scythe Mugen 3 rev.B
    GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Twin Frozr II OC
    Memory: Corsair PC3-12800 KIT "Vengeance" 8192MB 1600 MHz DDR III Cl9
    DVD-RW: Samsung SH-S222AL LightScribe
    Hard disk: Western Digital 1TB "CaviarBlack"
    Power supply: Corsair Builder Series CX 600W
    Case: Rasurbo Vort-X USB 3.0

    Cost: 850€

    Thanks for your help.
  5. That's a great build! I'm building almost the exact same build, but mine is a micro ATX LAN PC.

    Motherboard: Asus Maximus Gene Z
    CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K (3,30Ghz, 6MB)
    CPU fan: Coolermaster Hyper 212
    GPU: Gainward GTX560TI Phantom 1Gb
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8Gb 1600Mhz
    DVD-RW: LG 24x Lightscribe
    Hard disk: Western Digital 1TB "CaviarBlack"
    Power supply: Corsair Gamer Series GS 600W
    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
  6. Wow, didn't even know for Corsair Gaming Series GS 600W, the difference in price to Building Series CX 600W is minimal. I'm also going with GS 600W. Thanks again.
  7. From where I'm from I can only get Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W from all the PSU that you have listed. And it is about 10€ (13$) more expensive than Corsair GS600 so I think I will stick with the GS600. Thanks anyway.
  8. And a better graphic card for a reasonable price would be?
  9. Maybe gtx 560ti 448
  10. The case isn't really that important to me, as long as it has good cooling/airflow/venting holes, so Rasurbo will do for me.

    About the GPU - HD 6950 2GB Twin Frozr III costs 85$ more than MSI GTX 560 ti Twinfrozr OC here in Europe, gtx 560ti 448 is even more expensive - it costs 110$ more than 560 ti. The cheapest HD6970 is XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB, and it costs 160 $ more than 560 ti. Is there really that big of a difference, considering price/performance? For the future, I'm left myself the possibility for SLI and dual GPU, which includes changing PSU.

    I got a really nice price for MSI Geforce 560ti Twinfrozr 1GB II OC in an online store (40 $ discount), and considering I'm already on the upper limit of my budget, I think I will stick with my selected GPU, PSU and case. Thanks anyway.
  11. Got some extra money, so i'm planning to get a better PSU and graphic card for my new built system. I'm looking for GTX 560 ti 448 OC.

    I have narrowed selection down to EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Classified, MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores 1280MB.

    Which one do you recommend?

    How powerful PSU do you recommend for my built? Will 650W be enogh for overclocking CPU and GPU? I'm looking for 650W (or more) modular/cable management 80+ PSU, any recommendations?
  12. 650W PSU will be more than adequate for the 560ti.
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