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QuakerOM

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I'm about to order my computer, however I cant decided betwen some parts.

Here is my build:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K - 219$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB $210 [ after rebate ]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523

I can't decided on the motherboard, PSU, and case.

Motherboard's:

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

or

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 $124
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

PSU:

SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096&Tpk=SeaSonic%20S12II%20620

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044

Case: I don't really care about the looks, mostly about ease of installation and reliability.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 60$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-144&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

If there are ANY parts you think are better withing the same price, please suggest them. Thank you.

Edit: Is XFX good? A lot of reviews for their producst are really bad.
 

dalmvern

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Gigabyte mobo. Personal preference, either will suffice.

Antec PSU. Much better than the SeaSonic.

Cooler Master HAF 912 case. Personal preference over Antec 300. Rosewill cases are not as well made.
 

QuakerOM

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Thanks for the reply. Theres a bundle with similar parts except for the motherboard and the case:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

intead of

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

and
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Getting this bundle will save me 46$, is it worth it?
 

yumri

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with all the PCI-e generation 3.0 stuff i will have to say yes it will run the PCI-e generation 3.0 cards but it will run them as they were in 2 PCI-e generation 2.0 slots since no CPU as of right now actually supports it yet and that is how the controller chip which they are using makes it be compatible. So dont buy a motherboard sololy for that reason.
now that is enough for my dislike of the sudo PCI-Express 3.0 stuff and here is i would choose instead of you.
$139.99 - $15.00 instant rebate ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131706
i only recommend this as i find it easier to work on but it does have a P67 chipset instead of a Z68 chipset as the ASRock motherboard choice of yours did. So personly i would prefer a higher end ASUS board with the Z68 chipset as to me ASUS boards are just easier to install and work with but that is personal prefence.
 

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <---- It's called "Ivy Bridge" in regards to supporting PCI-E 3.0. Something Asus hasn't caught up with yet. Ivy Bridge is due out in April/May. It's an "upgrade path" for anyone who purchases those Asrock gen3 boards.

btw that Asus board you linked isn't meant for dual cards. It runs dual cards @ x4.