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Need advice, first build: $900-1100

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April 3, 2012 10:01:30 AM

Hello. First of all, this is gonna be my first time building a computer.
I've been doing a lot of research in the last few days but i'm still a bit confuse about some components.

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Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: $900-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (I would like to run BF3 at max settings if possible), programming, multitasking, using virtual machines...

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have no website preferences

Country: Spain

Parts Preferences: I have no brand preferences

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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The build I have in mind right now looks like this:
CPU: i5 2500k
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 extreme3 gen3
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X (2x4Gb) 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 1.5V
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB SATA3
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 650w
Case: Thermaltake v4 Black Edition
GPU: MSI GeForce 560 Ti - 448c Twin frozr III PE/OC 1GB DDR5

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Comments:
1) I'm in doubt between the ASRock mobo and ASUS. Is the ASRock mentioned above enough for my purposes?
2) I'm going to overclock the CPU between 4.0 and 4.5GHz, is the CM 212 evo ok for that? And, in case I overclock the gpu in the future, could that PSU handle it?
3) If something could be better in this build, please, let me know

Thanks!

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April 3, 2012 12:00:35 PM

Great choices on the cpu, gpu, ram and psu. The mobo is solid and will do the job. BTW which Asus mobo were you considering?
And yes the 212 Evo will be ok up to about ~4.5Ghz, and the PSU is a monster it will serve you for years.
April 3, 2012 12:51:14 PM

I was considering the following 7 mobos, sorted by price:

- ASUS P8P67 B3 (almost the same price than ASRock Z68 extreme3 gen3)
- ASUS P8P67 pro B3 (almost the same price than ASRock P67 extreme4 gen3)
- ASUS P8Z68-V gen3
- ASRock Z68 extreme4 gen3

I've chosen ASRock Z68 extreme3 gen3 because, it has the Z68 chipset and is a little bit cheaper than P8P67. But I don't know the difference between the normal and the "pro" version, so I'm not sure if any of the mobos listed above is a better choice for my purposes.

Thanks for the reply.
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April 3, 2012 12:57:24 PM

mivic said:
I was considering the following 7 mobos, sorted by price:

- ASUS P8P67 B3 (almost the same price than ASRock Z68 extreme3 gen3)
- ASUS P8P67 pro B3 (almost the same price than ASRock P67 extreme4 gen3)
- ASUS P8Z68-V gen3
- ASRock Z68 extreme4 gen3

I've chosen ASRock Z68 extreme3 gen3 because, it has the Z68 chipset and is a little bit cheaper than P8P67. But I don't know the difference between the normal and the "pro" version, so I'm not sure if any of the mobos listed above is a better choice for my purposes.

Thanks for the reply.


Out of those the P8Z68-V is the best mobo.
April 3, 2012 1:22:53 PM

Does it worth paying $60 more to get the P8Z68-V instead of the ASrock extreme3 gen3?
Also, the ASRock extreme4 Z68 is equal to P8Z68-V in price, which one is better?

So, in summary, I'm between these options now:
- ASRock Z68 extreme3 gen3 (~$120)
- ASRock Z68 extreme4 gen3 / ASUS P8Z68-V (~$180)

Thanks.
April 3, 2012 1:25:52 PM

The P8Z68-V is worth especially if you want to achive higher and more stable overclock, it has more soild construction, other than that it hasn't got any special feature, both have UEFI BIOSes i think.
April 3, 2012 1:31:31 PM

Ok, thank you very much.
I think I'll get the P8Z68-V then.
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