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March 5, 2013 3:29:48 AM

Hi,

I´m currently building a new future proof gaming system.

The only item I already have is the Asus Geforce GTX 680, so I´m open to suggestions on all other topics.

What do you think about the following specs? My budget is approximately U$ 1.500:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Memory: Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Hard Disk Seagate 3.0TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gb/s [ST3000DM001]
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
Power Supply: ATX Akasa ES 600W [AK-P600G-SLAM]

So, question is, which ssd and motherboard to take? Since my videocard is Asus, i was thinking of taking the following motherboards:

ASUS P8Z77-M p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/1PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8H77-M PRO p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8H77-V LE p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCi-e/3PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8Z77-V LX p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/3PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8P67 LE p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/3PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb

From those motherboards im thinking of buying the P8H77-M PRO, since it has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 with Display Port.

And im completely lost with SSD.
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March 5, 2013 8:58:20 PM

Most ssd's have a three year warranty. I have direct experience with patriot ssd warranty claims, so I can recommend them. Kingston, Intel, and some ocz models are also good. Get the board with the features you use the most. I go by newegg reviews; some board batches are simply bad, but some operators are bad installers.
March 26, 2013 6:25:38 PM

guibitt said:
Hi,

I´m currently building a new future proof gaming system.

The only item I already have is the Asus Geforce GTX 680, so I´m open to suggestions on all other topics.

What do you think about the following specs? My budget is approximately U$ 1.500:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Memory: Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Hard Disk Seagate 3.0TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gb/s [ST3000DM001]
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
Power Supply: ATX Akasa ES 600W [AK-P600G-SLAM]

So, question is, which ssd and motherboard to take? Since my videocard is Asus, i was thinking of taking the following motherboards:

ASUS P8Z77-M p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/1PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8H77-M PRO p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8H77-V LE p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCi-e/3PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8Z77-V LX p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/3PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb
ASUS P8P67 LE p/ Intel LGA1155 4xDDR3/2PCI-e/3PCI/4SATA/2SATA6Gb

From those motherboards im thinking of buying the P8H77-M PRO, since it has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 with Display Port.

And im completely lost with SSD.

There's no such thing as a future-proof gaming system. Eventually all gaming systems are demoted to a standard application computer. I recommend that you wait until the Intel Haswell CPU's arrive. They'll run faster, etc... More importantly though, there will be new matching mobo models with new features. The new Haswell CPU's are arriving in June. Haswell will use the new socket LGA 1150 which will probably replace the older versions.

Therefore, the best time to upgrade will be in October, early November. I never really found a lot of great deals on top-of-the-line PC hardware on Black Friday, mostly lower-end stuff. In fact, I found some of the best deals before Black Friday.

Regarding SSD's: there are many good models out there. You'll want an SSD which uses synchronous flash because it is faster. For various reasons here are 3 SSD models I recommend, there are other companies and models so this is just a starting point:
1. This could be the best SSD out there:
Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 256 GB SATA 6GB/s SSD MZ-7PD256BW
Be sure to buy the PD model and not the TD model. The TD model is based on cheaper technology, is slower, has a shorter life, and I believe the PD model uses less power.

2. Corsair Force GT 240 GB SSD - CSSD-F240GBGT-BK. This Corsair GT model has been around for at least 1.5 years. Its firmware has been updated numerous times. The GT line is proven technology.

3. Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB SSD CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK. This is Corsair's newest SSD line which just arrived this year.

There are other companies which make SSD's. You will need to do your own research and decide which you'll want to purchase.

Update: Here is one of the references to the upcoming Haswell-based Z87 chipset mobo's. Here's the Asus "teaser" quote:
Quote:
It’s still too early to reveal all,
But we had to let you know a little. There’s more than just a new socket,
Intel 4th Generation Core CPUs And a new Z87 chipset.
It’s time for the brand new Gryphon


Notice how on the last picture it says "Z87-Deluxe." I find it hard to believe Asus is going to keep the brand name "Gryphon."

Here is a more complete Haswell Z87 Motherboard Round-Up: ASRock, MSI, GByte, BioStar, ASUS
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March 26, 2013 6:48:45 PM

I agree with cypherdude on haswell I wouldn't purchase a haswell motherboard until Nov. they have a few bugs USB3.0 bug and it will take time to get it worked out. If you don't use usb3.0 then go ahead. Most people around the forums are only giving a 10 to 15% increase in performance. I would get a a z77 board and I would get the LX. It will last you until Q4 of 2014 ddr 4 memory will probably be introduced by then so should broadwell.

Amd steamroller will be out by than also and we will get to see what kind of chip that is going to be.
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