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Old 03-18-2011, 08:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone,

Which board should I get/would you prefer?
- ASUS P8P67 Pro
- Gigabyte P67A-UD4
- Asrock P67 Extreme6


I'm trying (once again) to build a system. Could you guys critique it and see what needs improving, such as unnecessary or insufficient components.

EDIT: All prices are in Australian Dollars. (The currency is at parity but factor in shipping costs of the retailer)
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=== ESSENTIALS ==================== PRICE ===
Intel Core i5 2500K -------------- $249.00
Asus P8P67-Pro ------------------- $219.00
WD 1TB HDD (WD1002FAEX) ----------- $96.00
Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM ----- $99.00
G.SKILL RIPJAWS-X 1333 4GB x 2 --- $103.00
ANTEC TRUEPOWER 550W ------------- $105.00
Cooler Master Elite 430 ----------- $63.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ ---------- $33.00
SAMSUNG SATA BLU-RAY COMBO -------- $69.00
Asus VE248H ---------------------- $226.00

== SUB-TOTAL ==----------------- $1,262.00

=== OPTIONAL ====================== PRICE ===
Asus GTX 560-ti ------------------ $277.00
Creative T6160 5.1 ---------------- $65.00

== TOTAL ==--------------------- $1,604.00


My thoughts are that this computer's performance is going to be limited by the hard drive.

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Thanks for the reply.

I'm getting my prices from https://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf and some other shops.


Yea, I'm planning on overclocking.

lol those are speakers not sounds cards.

I guess I could incorporate those.


I still have a 250GTS which is why it's optional for me at the moment. I do consider playing games, but for the time being, it's used for *educational purposes*


Too expensive. What do you think of the Momentus XT? Would it be good for this system?

 

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Lol I would want to go with Asus just because I know Asus better than AsRock

I'm definitely not getting separate SSD and hard drives. I know want to have the hassle of having to specify folders from the default.
I'm actually quite interested in this one. Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ. Should I get this one or the Momentus XT in your opinion.

(Disregard the difference in size of the HDD)

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1) unless you plan on ocing, you don't need a 3rd party cpu cooler; use the stock cooler.
2) sound card isn't really necessary being that most motherboards come with great integrated sound already.
3) that motherboard supports memory with a speed of 1600 without ocing...so I would get faster memory. I don't know where you're getting this from, so I just used newegg. Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
4) You don't need a graphics card unless you're planning on gaming or doing anything with high graphics. If this is the case, that gpu should be fine for todays games. I won't be able to play the most intensive games on the highest settings, but it will be able to play them.
5) This will be limited by the hard drive; if you want speed, get an SSD, I recommend OCZ's Vertex 2.
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm getting my prices from https://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf and some other shops.

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1) unless you plan on ocing, you don't need a 3rd party cpu cooler; use the stock cooler.
Yea, I'm planning on overclocking.

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2) sound card isn't really necessary being that most motherboards come with great integrated sound already.
lol those are speakers not sounds cards.
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3) that motherboard supports memory with a speed of 1600 without ocing...so I would get faster memory. I don't know where you're getting this from, so I just used newegg. Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
I guess I could incorporate those.

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4) You don't need a graphics card unless you're planning on gaming or doing anything with high graphics. If this is the case, that gpu should be fine for todays games. I won't be able to play the most intensive games on the highest settings, but it will be able to play them.
I still have a 250GTS which is why it's optional for me at the moment. I do consider playing games, but for the time being, it's used for *educational purposes*

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5) This will be limited by the hard drive; if you want speed, get an SSD, I recommend OCZ's Vertex 2.
Too expensive. What do you think of the Momentus XT? Would it be good for this system?
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I always recommend a third party over a stock cooler.

You can always OC the memory, not hard.

No need for a GFX? What age are you living in? Some boards don't come with onboard these days.

While SSD's are the latest hype, not every build needs them.
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Sorry about the sound card mistake, I was on a crappy computer w/ crappy internet and I saw "creative" and assumed sound card. :P

I said gpu was only useless if he wasn't playing games...

(Every build needs needs a SSD :P )
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I always recommend a third party over a stock cooler.
You can always OC the memory, not hard.
No need for a GFX? What age are you living in? Some boards don't come with onboard these days.
While SSD's are the latest hype, not every build needs them.
So is the Momentus XT a good choice or is there something better?
Also, is it better to get the ASRock P67 Ext6 over this Asus p8p67 pro if they are both the same price?

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Seagate claims the Momentus XT is 80% faster than a traditional hard drive...many reviews claim it is much faster. I personally wouldn't bother, but if you don't want to pay extra for a SSD, then go for it.

Personally, I like Asus better. They tend to have better boards + customer support.
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Seagate claims the Momentus XT is 80% faster than a traditional hard drive...many reviews claim it is much faster. I personally wouldn't bother, but if you don't want to pay extra for a SSD, then go for it.

Personally, I like Asus better. They tend to have better boards + customer support.
Lol I would want to go with Asus just because I know Asus better than AsRock

I'm definitely not getting separate SSD and hard drives. I know want to have the hassle of having to specify folders from the default.
I'm actually quite interested in this one. Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ. Should I get this one or the Momentus XT in your opinion.

(Disregard the difference in size of the HDD)

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From what I can see, the Momentus XT is a laptop hard drive?? But that doesn't really matter. Get that one since it claims to be 80% faster.
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Actually, nvm :P

Other than booting faster, the Momentus XT is slower than Spinpoint because the Momentus XT is indeed a slower HDD portion than the Spinpoint.
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I think that's my build.

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