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January 11, 2012 2:21:07 AM

Which of these two should I use?

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

or

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


Heres the rest of my build:

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$18.99


ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor W/Speakers
Item #: N82E16824236052
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
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-$40.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
$179.99


SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD ...
Item #: N82E16817151088
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$40.00 Instant
$179.99
$139.99


Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap
Item #: N82E16899261001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$2.00 Instant
$6.99
$4.99


ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131729
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant
$179.99
$169.99


OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227737
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$114.99
$94.99



Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer ...
Item #: N82E16811139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$25.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$519.98
$484.98



EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814130595
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233143
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$12.00 Combo
$449.98
$437.98
Subtotal: $1,531.90

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January 11, 2012 4:11:48 AM

The second motherboard will support SLI and Crossfire and the first one will not. If you do not plan on having a dual GPU setup, then do not get the second one as you would be paying for a feature you will not use.

OCZ SSDs have a Sandforce controller that has caused many problems for the users. I would suggest either a Samsung 830 or a Crucial M4 as they are are both much more reliable SSDs.

If this is just going to be for gaming, an i7 is not needed. Instead, look at the i5. It will save you money and you will not have any performance hits when gaming. The only benefit of the i7 is hyperthreading which makes no difference in gaming.

Will you be overclocking? If so, you will need the i5-2500K and another CPU cooler like the Cooler Master 212 + or 212 EVO. If you do not plan on overclocking, get the i5-2500 or i5-2400. The stock cooler will be fine for those.

Again, if this is just for gaming, 16 GB RAM is overkill. I would suggest 8 GB RAM, which you will not notice a difference if this is just a gaming system. If you were to be doing a lot of 3D rendering or video editing, you would benefit from the added RAM, otherwise it is not at all needed.

If you wanted to save a little more money to put towards a larger 128 GB SSD or a more powerful GPU, you could look into a cheaper case. But considering the case is what you will be looking at every day, make sure you get something you like.

Hope this helps!! :D 
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January 11, 2012 4:39:17 AM

strausd said:
The second motherboard will support SLI and Crossfire and the first one will not. If you do not plan on having a dual GPU setup, then do not get the second one as you would be paying for a feature you will not use.

OCZ SSDs have a Sandforce controller that has caused many problems for the users. I would suggest either a Samsung 830 or a Crucial M4 as they are are both much more reliable SSDs.

If this is just going to be for gaming, an i7 is not needed. Instead, look at the i5. It will save you money and you will not have any performance hits when gaming. The only benefit of the i7 is hyperthreading which makes no difference in gaming.

Will you be overclocking? If so, you will need the i5-2500K and another CPU cooler like the Cooler Master 212 + or 212 EVO. If you do not plan on overclocking, get the i5-2500 or i5-2400. The stock cooler will be fine for those.

Again, if this is just for gaming, 16 GB RAM is overkill. I would suggest 8 GB RAM, which you will not notice a difference if this is just a gaming system. If you were to be doing a lot of 3D rendering or video editing, you would benefit from the added RAM, otherwise it is not at all needed.

If you wanted to save a little more money to put towards a larger 128 GB SSD or a more powerful GPU, you could look into a cheaper case. But considering the case is what you will be looking at every day, make sure you get something you like.

Hope this helps!! :D 


Very helpful!
Yeah, not just for gaming so I'm sticking to the i7 and ram is cheap so I'm gunna fillerup! =D

Other than that, I'll go for the cheap motherboard and a different SSD, thanks for the tip!
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