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Taking the plunge - last minute advice on this build?

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June 3, 2012 6:20:51 PM

Hi, everyone,

I'm building the following:

Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3 Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24

Antec Truepower New 750W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan

Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Gaming Case 302

EVGA GTX 560 SC 1 GB (already owned)

WD SATA HDD (already owned)

I already own a HDD/GPU that will be going into this system. Any advice tweaking advice would be appreciated? I'm going to order it this week.

Thanks!
DW
June 3, 2012 6:30:21 PM

Get a Z77 board instead of a Z68. You also do not need a 750W PSU unless you're planning to go with SLI. 550W is plenty for a single card setup.

Aside from that, looks solid.
June 3, 2012 6:36:53 PM

Hi Willard,

Thanks for your advice? Why the Z77? Is there a particular reason?

Could you recommend a decent 650w PSU? I chose the 750 because it is modular and has dual rail, and I've read that it's better overall.

Thanks!
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June 3, 2012 6:42:23 PM

You are getting an IB CPU, so naturally, you will get a motherboard that utilizes what it brings to the table.
June 3, 2012 6:45:19 PM

Yes, that's true, but from what I understand the GEN3 PRO supports this IB processor with a firmware update.

Would going to the Z77 be better for future-proofing, in terms of CPUs? That seems to be the only thing I would be missing out on, but I could be mistaken.

Thanks fo much for your input.
June 3, 2012 6:55:45 PM

Among the Z77 boards, how is the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro? I already have a Wireless N adapter, USB, so I don't think I would use the rear Wifi port.

Advice?
June 4, 2012 12:30:06 AM

DW2012 said:
Hi Willard,

Thanks for your advice? Why the Z77? Is there a particular reason?

Yes, but also, is there a reason not to get Z77? Z68 boards do support IVB processors, but that's not all a motherboard does. Z77 will give you:

PCIe 3.0 support
More USB 3.0 ports
More SATA III ports
UEFI BIOS support
!