First Build - $600-$700 - MoBo help


Sep 13, 2011
Going for my first build soon, and was wondering what opinions were on what I've selected thus far. First - the basic stuff:

Approximate Purchase Date: Looking to get some parts (MoBo and CPU) by 09/18 due to current sales, plan on purchasing everything else by the end of September (2 weeks, 3 max)

Budget Range: $600-$650 after rebates, max $750 after tax (there is alot of taxation here, roughly 13-15% plus environmental fees)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, Crysis 2), watching videos, basic stuff (no video editing/rec/etc)

Parts Not Required:
PSU: Antec TP-650 Truepower New 650W Continuous Power Supply
Video Card: Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Chipset (830Mhz) 1GB (4000Mhz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI-I/Mini HDMI Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
Mouse, Speakers, Keyboard

Preferred Websites for Parts:,, (I live near a location so this helps save S&H)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I may look into OC shortly - might not do it at all though. If I try SLI it won't be for another 6 months or so if at all.

***** New Parts *****

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

**My weakest knowledge base is MoBo's...I feel as though I'm almost obligated to go for this one just due to the sale and rebate - any feedback or advice is greatly appreciated**

My original choice was this:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

HD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Case: A couple of choices here...
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower
NZXT Lexa S Crafted Series Black Steel Mid Tower Case

I prefer the styling of the NZXT, and it currently offers a solid rebate. I'm well aware of the rave reviews of the HAF 922, but the NZXT is also well liked.


With the HAF and initial Z68 MoBo

With NZXT and P67 MoBo
$654.19 (before $50 in MIR) = $609.19

Thanks for any input (especially with MoBo's!) and comments :bounce:
U know what nvm .. I just checked that link .. that's a fat rebate .. go for it
and Z68 only offers SSD caching which rarelly used and Vitru for video transcoding
so u good


Aug 1, 2011
MoBo : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - PCIe 3.0 $125
CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $28
HDD : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
RAM : Gskill RipjawsX DDR3 1600 2x4GB 1.5v - $55

Best 4 Choices for your budget.


Sep 13, 2011
Been double checking specs, and the 212 Plus isn't compatible with 1155 MoBo' for now I'll look around for highly rated 1155 coolers.

Seems like the Samsung F3 comes recommended over the Seagate as well, going to swap that part out and go with the Samsung

EDIT: So 5 minutes of double checking shows me the errors of my way - looks like the 212 Plus is back on the list haha