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#1 Jackrabbit825

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:52 AM

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice about building my own rig. I'm looking to spend around $650-$800. The main question I have is about my motherboard I picked out. I know almost nothing about motherboards, but going on my friends advice, he claims an ASUS P8z68-V-LX is a decent MB for the price, and is easy to work with. Does anyone have any opinions about it? Newegg has mostly favorable reviews, with a few bad ones.

Also, my friend bought his PC off of ibuypower, which he claims is great, but I'm leery of buying a computer straight off the net.

The rest of my specs-
AMD Radeon 6850 1 gb, (msi r6850 cyclone)
i5 2400 3.1 ghz
4g ram ddr3 1600 (corsair)
Asus P8z68-v-lx
500gb western digital hd (7200 rpm, 16 mb cache)

Any thoughts?

#2 tijo

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:58 AM

I'd go for this one instead: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157271. It has a tad more feature for a similar price. However, i see no reason to get a Z68 motherboard if you aren't going for an i5-2500K, there is almost no point in getting a mobo that supports unlocked multipliers, but a cpu that doesn't.

#3 baels

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:45 AM

Newegg is solid. Building yourself with parts bought from Newegg/Tigerdirect/Microcenter will save you $100+ as opposed to buying from ibuypower etc. tijo's linked mobo is the best choice at the moment. I have it, it's great, and has forward compatibility with ivy bridge. $650-800 is a broad gap, if it fits within your budget look at 8gb ram, i5 2500k and a 6870. The i5 2400 is still a good CPU, and the 6850 is a great card, but you'll get more out of your system if you want to overclock to boost performance. That is if you're playing at 1080P. Any lower resolutions, disregard and stick to what you have. Factor in windows 7 for $100 if you don't already have a copy of the OS.

#4 SNIEVES

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:34 PM

thats the same motherboard i have in my build Asus P8Z68-V LX, works great for me, i got mine at microcenter, were i bought all my computer parts, guy showed me the revies on that motherboard before i bought it for my build, reviews were good, plus i got 50 dollars off cause i bought the cpu as well, also microcenter sells  the i5 2500 k for 179.00 dollars, is one the best prices around for that particular chip.

Edited by SNIEVES, 24 February 2012 - 12:38 PM.
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