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First build ~$1000 (parts already picked) for moderate mlttskng/gaming

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February 20, 2012 5:24:15 AM

Hi. New member here and liking the site! I've used some guides on this site and picked as well as bought my parts already for my first build. Build will be for moderate multitasking/gaming. I was wondering if you guys could take a look and give any input (upgrades/downgrades I should be doing) before I open all my pieces and begin building.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus p8z68-v lx

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
intel i5 2500k

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
evga gtx 560 superclocked

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ocz 700w modxtreme

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
kingston hyperx ddr3 1600 8gb

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
antec kuhler h20 620

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
coolermaster storm scout

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ocz agility 3 120gb

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
seagate barracuda 2tb

Thanks for taking a look!
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February 20, 2012 5:38:00 AM

mook8515 said:
Hi. New member here and liking the site! I've used some guides on this site and picked as well as bought my parts already for my first build. Build will be for moderate multitasking/gaming. I was wondering if you guys could take a look and give any input (upgrades/downgrades I should be doing) before I open all my pieces and begin building.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus p8z68-v lx

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
intel i5 2500k

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
evga gtx 560 superclocked

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ocz 700w modxtreme

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
kingston hyperx ddr3 1600 8gb

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
antec kuhler h20 620

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
coolermaster storm scout

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ocz agility 3 120gb

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
seagate barracuda 2tb

Thanks for taking a look!

That RAM will not work for a 1155 board...it's old school high voltage 1.65v and you want 1.5v RAM. That board is meant for a single card set up...it runs dual cards @ x4, and you want a board that runs dual cards @ x8, that psu isn't one to be recommended and that Antec cpu cooler is over priced for your budget.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/337041-31-looking-bui... <------- Look at my post (2nd post on that thread) and check it out. Same budget as yours with better motherboard, psu, and vid card.
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February 20, 2012 5:40:08 PM

Thanks so much for all the input.

Ok looks like I will be downgrading the CPU cooler and upgrading the video card. Reason I bought all before is because I was only able to buy instore this past weekend so I can buy online if I want to exchange.

For the RAM and MOBO, would you suggest keeping the MOBO and getting the 1.5v RAM? How does this MOBO compare to the P8Z68-v GEN3? I know this MOBO (LX) doesn't have PCI-e3 and cannot SLI but are there any other major things it lacks? I got a deal on the MOBO with the processor so the P8Z68-v LX MOBO only cost me $70 and the next upgrade would be the P8Z68-v GEN3 at $135. Since there is that deal I'm kind of set on either of these MOBOS.

Also when you were referring to dual cards we're you talking about video cards? I don't really plan on SLI in the future. And the Gigabyte gtx 560 ti is about $20 cheaper than the EVGA counterpart, but from reviews it seems like the gigabyte version has more problems. Is it worth $20 more to go with EVGA?

So in summary:
downgrade CPU cooler to hyper 212, upgrade video card to gtx 560 ti. upgrade ram to 1.5v, keep or upgrade MOBO (not sure about what do do with mobo since the next one is $65 more)
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February 20, 2012 6:24:07 PM

mook8515 said:
Thanks so much for all the input.

Ok looks like I will be downgrading the CPU cooler and upgrading the video card. Reason I bought all before is because I was only able to buy instore this past weekend so I can buy online if I want to exchange.

For the RAM and MOBO, would you suggest keeping the MOBO and getting the 1.5v RAM? How does this MOBO compare to the P8Z68-v GEN3? I know this MOBO (LX) doesn't have PCI-e3 and cannot SLI but are there any other major things it lacks? I got a deal on the MOBO with the processor so the P8Z68-v LX MOBO only cost me $70 and the next upgrade would be the P8Z68-v GEN3 at $135. Since there is that deal I'm kind of set on either of these MOBOS.

Also when you were referring to dual cards we're you talking about video cards? I don't really plan on SLI in the future. And the Gigabyte gtx 560 ti is about $20 cheaper than the EVGA counterpart, but from reviews it seems like the gigabyte version has more problems. Is it worth $20 more to go with EVGA?

So in summary:
downgrade CPU cooler to hyper 212, upgrade video card to gtx 560 ti. upgrade ram to 1.5v, keep or upgrade MOBO (not sure about what do do with mobo since the next one is $65 more)

If you don't plan on future dual vid cards and you picked that mobo up for $70 then you got a sweet deal. Just make sure you get 1.5v RAM for it and no the EVGA is not worth the extra $20 imo.
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