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April 2, 2012 1:50:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 30 - 60 days
Budget Range: around $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: CAD - Solidworks (just home use) no rendering, video editing Pinnacl e Studio (just home use), excel, powerpoint, word, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: not know but in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Looking to build a budget system and then upgrading once prices drop. Upgrade to I5 or I7, graphics card and more memory

Possible system:
CPU:Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic Computer Case

In particular, would like to know the best MOBO to buy now and accomodate future upgrades.

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April 2, 2012 2:05:29 AM

mike the mb that you want to look at are the new z77 chipset. it will do both sandy bridge and ivy bridge if you want to upgrade latter. as intel with haswell cpu will be using another new sockett.
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April 2, 2012 2:10:51 AM

smorizio said:
mike the mb that you want to look at are the new z77 chipset. it will do both sandy bridge and ivy bridge if you want to upgrade latter. as intel with haswell cpu will be using another new sockett.


H67, P67 and Z68 allow Ivy Bridge too.

If he gets a Z68 with PCI-E 3.0 revision, the unique difference between Z77 and Z68 is that Z68 uses a chip to allow USB 3.0, and Z77 have an internal controller.

Considering Z68 shall be cheaper, no harm done in getting this one.
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April 2, 2012 2:19:48 AM

z68 of asrock or asus z68 mobo, asrock if you like lots of features for a cheaper price or go with asus for awesomenes
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April 9, 2012 2:39:50 AM

Best answer selected by mike296.
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