Mobo- the Asus p8p67 pro, I have read that this board had a ton of issues, anyone have this one?
CPU- Considering systems being obsolete in a few years, If I go with the i5 2500k over the i7 2600k am I going to have to scrap and rebuild a new system sooner, or not really?
GPU - As far as the graphics card goes, when it comes to using SLI and having two cards, how much performance increase do you see? Is there a major benefit for having two cards, versus just having the one high end GTX 570?
Cooler- is liquid cooling the cpu far superior to heatsink and fans?
HD- I have read that installing windows on an SSD is substantially faster performance than a regular hard drive, is this true?
I have the Asus p8p67 ws revolution which is pretty similar to the p8p67 pro and I love it so far.
The are 2 issues with the p67 chip set.
Main is a double boot issue that occurs if the BLCK is not set to 100. Setting it to 100 easily solves this.
The other issue is that if you use sleep mode and have the PLL Overvoltage enabled, you will not have video and will have to reboot. The easy solution is not to use sleep mode (which is mainly for laptops to conserve battery power anyway). Some people say you should never use sleep mode with a desktop computer.
Don't worry about the CPU; the i5 2500k is fine for a while. If you have more money in your budget, upgrading graphics would be a better value.
Water will always cool better than air. But air is cheaper. My recommendation is to get one of the H series Corsair water coolers but wait until a nice MIR is in place (happens quite a lot). Prices for the H60 are between $45-$65 or so.
SSD- yes it is like 10-15 sec to boot into windows from an SSD
The Xfire/SLI debate is still on; some people favor single cards and some favor dual. I think that single cards require less power for the same amount of performance (someone correct me if I am wrong), but you can sometimes get results for less with Xfire/SLI.
The real benefit of SLI is that you can use multiple monitors. However, you can use multiple monitors using a single AMD card with Eyefinity.
Ultimately, check your budget and buy the best set up that meets your needs within that. This is an article that I found helpful, but it is getting dated fast:
And I believe that the price point at which it is better to build your own is about $500. If your budget is less than that, buying a pre-built system is usually a better value (you can see why when just an OS alone is like $100-$120).
Have to get another opinion there. I am still trying to decide myself. Hopefully someone else will post here for both of us lol
I have an HD 6950 in my first build but prices are changing so much that I am not sure what to go with in next build. I am going to use cpu graphics for another month or so and keep an eye on prices until then.
How much do you have in your budget for graphics? Or are you like me and looking for best value?