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Old July 7, 2011, 08:26 PM
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Default ~1600$ Gaming Rig, just need one last look

I came up with this build after reading guides, looking at tips provided by the community and reading reviews on each individual piece.

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Considering I come here every time I require information about hardware, I feel it is the best place to ask for a final review.

I'm ready to order, but I would like some opinions on my choices. Feel free to recommend any change which would represent an improvement in performance or price.

I'm a bit bias towards using Nvdia and Asus products since I've never add any problems with them over the years. However, I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to choosing RAM. From what I know the G-SKill Ripjaws series is considered to be very good, but the model I chose is just one amongs many. Any recommendation about RAM choice?
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Old July 7, 2011, 09:11 PM
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Are you planning on using the Z68's RIST, or just using the SSD seperate?
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Old July 7, 2011, 09:23 PM
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Get the P67 version of that board to save money and if u want a 570 go with this card instead IMO, atleast u know it wont die on you within a week! Other than that looks fine, but why not buy off ncix instead and just pricematch everything using a price-checking websites...?
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Old July 7, 2011, 10:12 PM
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Well, there's only a 10 dollars difference between the two boards and reviews seem to be relatively higher for the Z68 model. Does the P67 bring any advantage?

As for the graphics card, I based myself upon this (and others) highly positive reviews:
EVGA Geforce GTX 570 Superclocked Review
Any reason why the Asus one would definitely be a better choice?
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Old July 8, 2011, 01:23 AM
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the DCII 570 doesnt have the reference design's horrible VRMs that are know to die within weeks! as for p67 vs z68 well z68 doesnt rly give u any advantage over p67 but if the difference is only 10$ thats up to you....but for gpu just do urself a favor stay clear of the reference 570s!

Even if u say that if the card dies EVGA's warranty will take care of it with the asus card's awesome PCB/cooler/cherry picked chips u will get much lower temps/sound lvls/higher overclock headroom (see 1ghz range)...and even if ur dealing with the best company ever, who likes to RMA dead hardware?
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Old July 8, 2011, 01:55 AM
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i would say go with the z68, you dun need a replacement gpu while waiting for an rma in case that happens and for $10 more its a no brainer.

the good thing about sandy is that memory doesnt really affect your overclock as much as the previous sockets so that 8gb ddr3 1600 is plenty.
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Old July 8, 2011, 02:20 AM
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everything looks fine to me, but if you plan on using SRT get a smaller SSD.
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Old July 8, 2011, 07:34 AM
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Thanks for the feedback!
I completed my order and will post the finish product once its done.
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Old July 10, 2011, 07:44 PM
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Might be too late but thsi is a good deal on z68 and 2500k..
Asus P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard w/ Intel Core

$350 + tax, free shipping.
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