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February 3, 2012 3:45:54 AM

Ok, down to the final part of my build and could use some help on Mobo options. Current build below

Combo 1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.814443
$88.98 b/f $10 rebate includes $18 combo discount
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
RAM: Gskill Ripjaw 2x4 1600 PC3 12800 (overkill for me probably, but the combo deal makes it nearly as cheap as 2x2)

PS: Cooler Master 450w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822145299
$70 after $10 rebate code

DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103995
$19 - ASUS 24x DVD burner

i5-2500k and want to go with a z68 Mobo as I will initially be using onboard graphics, but plan to add a GPU (6850 or lower) soon and am willing to update the power supply if I get a card on the upper end of the 6850 or below specturm. Since I am buying the i5 2500k at Microcenter, I plan on getting the mobo there as well for the combo, and am currently deciding between the following.

Top 2 choices:
Asus p8z68-v LX http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA D2H B3 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Other 2 options:
ASRock Z68 Pro3-M Socket http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Gigabyte GA-z68MX-UD2H-B3 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Based on Newegg reviews the last Gigabyte listed does not seem like a good choice, but I realize reviews arent the be all end all. Any input on features one may provide over the other, or overall reliablity would be appreciated. Primary use is multitasking in basic programs (Excel, Itunes, web browsing, Light gaming (old non 3d games) however I do plan on dropping in a dedicated GPU in the near future to try out some new games such as Skyrim or perhaps Diablo3 but am willing to play at mid settings or update the PS if needed to get mid or better settings. Again, any input is appreciated.

Also, any thoughts on what GPU I could add with the 450w PS? I figure with no SSD, a couple fans and the above components, I may be able to fit a 6670 into the build, but not sure at all.

Thanks for the help and let me know if any additional info is needed to help answer my questions.

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February 3, 2012 3:49:53 AM

First, please change your PSU. Cooler Master is making people sad right now with their PSUs (not good at all).

Check out these 2:

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

and

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

You will be happier.


Regarding the mobo,

I just went to Micro Center today and chose the i5 2500k and the Asus P8Z68-V Gen3. So... I am kind of biased on recommending it to you also :) 

GPU: you can choose any GPU with one of those PSUs, even xfire or SLI with the larger one. My plan is to get by with cpu graphics for the short term and buy a GPU when the next wave of price cuts comes.

This is dated and prices are changing all of the time, but check it out to get an idea of what is being recommended.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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February 3, 2012 7:39:23 AM

I use an ASUS motherboard myself, and personally I rate them very highly. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to buy another. They seem far superior in terms of quality compared to other motherboards.

As vollman1 said, avoid the CM PSU's. Look for something from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic XFX and always grab something with an 80PLUS rating, ideally Bronze or higher.

$60 ($40 with rebate) Corsair 500w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That PSU will allow you to buy any graphics card up to and including GTX 560Ti or ATI 6950.
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