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January 23, 2012 5:15:31 AM

My components are:

i5-2500k
Asrock z68 extreme 4 gen 3
Asus GTX560 Ti DC II
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
CoolerMaster GX 750w
Hyper 212 EVO
CM 690 II Advanced
WD caviar blue 500gb 7200 RPM
Win 7

this costs around 1000$ up

so I have some "noob" questions and i want people who have proper knowledge to answer this questions unlike me :D  (this is my first pc build in my entire life. I only did some research and that's how i came up with these parts)

1. Should I replace my asrock z68 extreme4 gen 3 mobo? well considering that this is a new build, and all my parts are brand new I wouldn't be upgrading any parts soon so is paying premium for a gen 3 pci-e that we all know would only be functional if an ivy was put in it is a stupid move? :pt1cable: 

and if you guys say that i should replace it, can you give me an alternate z68 mobo with the same price point or even a little bit cheaper.

2. Is there a big difference between ASUS GTX 560 Ti DC II and PALIT GTX 560 Ti Sonic? the asus costs more than 18$ here in our local store. Should i go with the asus or go with palit and save 18$?

Guys im open for any suggestions...You could even suggests other parts for my cpu cooler,HDD, Etc just not recommend too expensive stuff :hello: 
January 23, 2012 6:00:25 AM

I tend to trust SeaSonic over Cooler Master when it comes to PSU, which is why I'm recommending this PSU:

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Paying for a trustworthy PSU really is important since it runs your whole system. Nothing worse than having expensive parts ruined by a flaky PSU (not saying this particular CoolerMaster PSU is flaky, but given the choice I would take the SeaSonic).

As for the video cards, I think one of the biggest differences is probably in the manufacturer warranty. I would probably go with the ASUS, but if you can try to go with companies like EVGA and XFX that offer lifetime warranties.

For RAM, I would recommend Crucial RAM:

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339 $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's about it upon first glance.
January 23, 2012 6:09:26 AM

^ True and not true at the same time. You don't need the Seasonic PSU, specially not at that price. Defiantly not worth it.

If you want a Cooler Master, only go for the newer Silent Pro models, nothing less. The older CM PSUs uses cheaper capacitors which result in short life not like the Silent Pro series.

As for the questions.
1. It's OK to get it just to have it for now, you never now. It'll give you an upgrade path. The board is solid so no doubt that it's a nice choice. If you feel you'll never use the full potential, drop on tier down and go with the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68.

2. Go with the DCII here's a review of the Sonic:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_56...
As seen it really can't overclock, the DCII can. Otherwise it's fine to go withe Sonic. Is there the MSI Twin Frozr II? I'd go with that as opposed to the DCII or Sonic, I've heard the TFII is quieter, if it's cheaper go with that.

For the PSU:
OCZ ZS 750w $100
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005A2RJOI/ref=d...
Go with the one from Amazon, it's $100 but you get a $25 MIR.
OR
If you want modular
OCZ ZT 750w $110 ($10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both are solid PSUs. Reviews show it.

Vengeance ram is fine, I'd go with the Low Profile ones just so you don't have heatsinks on the ram to block your CPU HSF.
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January 23, 2012 6:24:34 AM

your selected PSU review:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/917

If you know you are not going to run 2 video cards, this is better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you think you might run 2 video cards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both built by Seasonic.

For first-time builders, I recommend looking at these threads while you are waiting for your parts:

Build it yourself:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...

And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
January 23, 2012 6:46:24 AM

@hpdeskjet and aznshinobi great stuff dudes. I'll look into it and find some more reviews and might go with some of the parts you guys recommended :D 


@jsc thnx man. this were some really knowledgeable and helpful stuff :D 
January 23, 2012 7:02:21 AM

@aznshinobi unfortunately they ran out of extreme3 mobos :(  I found another mobo that supports pic-e 3.0 and can also SLI. It's Gigabyte z68x UD3H B3 should i go with this board???
January 24, 2012 2:25:07 AM

The Z68X UD3H doesn't support Gen3. Gen3 means that when you have an Ivy Bridge chip in, the system can use PCI 3.0
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...
As you can see, that board doesn't have Gen3 or so it seems. Can you use Newegg? I'd suggest the Extreme3 Gen3 Z68.

If not, go with the Gigabyte, both are fine.

In terms of PSU, I personally disagree with the Seasonic PSUs mainly for cost effectiveness.
January 24, 2012 9:24:12 AM

ohhh my bad I forgot to say that it's UD3h B3 *rev 1.3* :3


and don't worry man I think that im going with the Corsair GS 700w it's the cheapest PSU with a quality brand i could find :D 
January 24, 2012 10:48:39 PM

Ahhh well the GS 700w isn't very good. Can you find an Antec 750w unit? Or any OCZ units?
January 24, 2012 10:58:03 PM

Asus>Palit
Antec ECO 620w $60
750w=overkill
Can change MB to like Asrock Extreme3Gen3 if you want.
I would do:
i5 2500k
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3
Gigabyte GTX 570
Kingston HyperX 8GB
Antec ECo 620w
Hyper 212 EVO
CM 690 II Advanced
WD caviar blue 500gb 7200 RPM
Win 7

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January 24, 2012 11:09:55 PM
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^ How is 750w overkill if OP Wants to leave room to SLI in the future with the 560 Ti? The 570 is not worth the cost when the 560 Ti can easily OC to the 570's performance even with the stock heatsink. The 570 can also OC but not as well and generates more heat and consumes more power.

January 24, 2012 11:55:26 PM

you can sli 560 ti's on a 650 watt psu, with a 2500k overclocked to 4.6ghz easily. Though it is nice to have those extra watts just in case :) 

as for your graphics cards may i suggest http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite....

its slightly faster than a standard 560, the thing i like about this one over others is the 2 fans, normally galaxy gets a bad name. but if you look at the reviews this one does pretty good, and will stay nice and cool for sli and overclocking.
January 25, 2012 12:21:07 AM

560 Ti's rated at 170 TDP, so 340w+180w(CPU overclocked)+60w or around there for the peripherals and etc. That's about 580w.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7...
Granted they did boost the voltage more than necessary but still, you never know. I'd say it's a little to close for comfort, I think having the room the 750w has is a bit better.
January 25, 2012 7:23:29 AM

Ahhh yes i do plan to sli 560 Ti's in the future :D 

@aznshinobi i can only find two trusted PSU brands that are available Seasonic and Corsair

the only seaonic PSU available is the *M12II 750w 80+ bronze*. Ya think that's good enough???
January 25, 2012 9:32:11 PM

Solid that's a great PSU.
January 25, 2012 9:50:34 PM

whoops looks like the seasonic psu has multiple 12v rails and many suggest that it's better to sli with a single 12v rail....is that true?
January 25, 2012 10:12:53 PM

ohhhhh I see that there's not much of a difference....but in terms of building the rig would it be more complicated?

sorry for me being stupid, it's that i just want this build to be perfect well not perfect but have minimal errors :D  hope you my understand my man
January 25, 2012 10:16:37 PM

No it's fine, it'll all build the same.
February 3, 2012 2:34:58 PM

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February 3, 2012 3:05:34 PM

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