Taking the plunge - last minute advice on this build? Tags: New Build Systems Last response: June 4, 2012 12:30 AM in Systems Share DW2012 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 More about : taking plunge minute advice build willard 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. DW2012 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! Related resources Taking the DVR Plunge - WinTV-PVR250BTV , Snapstream Beyon.. - Forum $1700 long-life gaming build - last-minute advice welcome - Forum $850 Gaming build . Last minute advice please! - Forum Last Minute Advice for Gaming Build - Forum About to buy this .. any last minute advice ? Thanks - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer azeem40 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. DW2012 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. DW2012 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? willard 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 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumHelp when do i take the plunge and buy?? ForumLast minute advice on a build /Still need case ForumLast minute advice on $1000 build ForumTaking the AMD plunge ForumHeres my new build any last minute advice ?Ordering 2night be quick plz ForumORDERING TONIGHT!!!! Last minute advice ~$1,900 Build Forumtaking the game download plunge ... Forumfinalizing build .. need some last minute help! ForumNow buying. Last minute advice . Forum$1400 gaming build - order placed, last-minute motherboard concern ForumPCI compatibility question More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !