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Good day,

I thought that I would get your input on a new desktop build.

I am looking at going with an i7 and a Z68 motherboard.

I see that some of the MB's have built in video support. I see very little documentation on the built in video though.

I currently use two monitors @ 1680X1050.

I am not sure if the onboard video on the Z68 MB's will support this.

If I go with a discrete video board, is there a version of the i7 that does not have the GPU built in? It would seem like I would be buying hardware that I don't need (the GPU in the i7).

From what I can see a good board will run from $200 - $250 range.

The machine will be used for some gaming, but less than 10% of use will be gaming.

 

Thanks for any input that you have.

 

Mr. Bill

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Good day,

I thought that I would get your input on a new desktop build.

I am looking at going with an i7 and a Z68 motherboard.

I see that some of the MB's have built in video support. I see very little documentation on the built in video though.

I currently use two monitors @ 1680X1050.

I am not sure if the onboard video on the Z68 MB's will support this.

If I go with a discrete video board, is there a version of the i7 that does not have the GPU built in? It would seem like I would be buying hardware that I don't need (the GPU in the i7).

From what I can see a good board will run from $200 - $250 range.

The machine will be used for some gaming, but less than 10% of use will be gaming.

 

Thanks for any input that you have.

 

Mr. Bill

 

All Core IX have an on board GPU. It is not part of the motherboard but the chip itself. The Z68a series will allow both the use of the built in or discreet card. The Z68X is discreet only. The onobard only has one each type of connector and is best for single monitor. If you want to run two, get a low/mid card.

 

If you are not gaming much and you are OK with gaming on a single monitor, something like this will work great for a dual monitor setup. You do not have to spend 200-250 if you are only gaming once in a while. Of course if you want power to spare and like the eye candy, then go with the 6950.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150560

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All Core IX have an on board GPU. It is not part of the motherboard but the chip itself. The Z68a series will allow both the use of the built in or discreet card. The Z68X is discreet only. The onobard only has one each type of connector and is best for single monitor. If you want to run two, get a low/mid card.

 

If you are not gaming much and you are OK with gaming on a single monitor, something like this will work great for a dual monitor setup. You do not have to spend 200-250 if you are only gaming once in a while. Of course if you want power to spare and like the eye candy, then go with the 6950.

 

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150560

 

 

Thanks for the input. I had not figured out the difference between the Z68a and the Z68X, that is a big help.

I will end up going with a Z68X and a yet to be determined discreet video card.

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Thanks for the input. I had not figured out the difference between the Z68a and the Z68X, that is a big help.

I will end up going with a Z68X and a yet to be determined discreet video card.

 

 

This is the board I am running now and I love it. It has been one of the best boardsto date.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128494

 

I also had this one (with HDMI/DVI connectors) and it is also great if you need video out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498

 

As for video, there are many choices. I reently (4 months) bought the 1 gig version of the 6950 and it has been a great card. Fast, quiet, and the drivers are stable. It games well, handles my dual 24 (1900x1200) without breaking a sweat. Overkill for what I do but better a little too much than too little.

 

 

Good luck.

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This is the board I am running now and I love it. It has been one of the best boardsto date.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128494

 

I also had this one (with HDMI/DVI connectors) and it is also great if you need video out.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128498

 

As for video, there are many choices. I reently (4 months) bought the 1 gig version of the 6950 and it has been a great card. Fast, quiet, and the drivers are stable. It games well, handles my dual 24 (1900x1200) without breaking a sweat. Overkill for what I do but better a little too much than too little.

 

 

Good luck.

 

I am partial to ASUS. I recall that you had some issues with your last ASUS MB.

This is the one that I am looking at. I am wondering what your comments are on it?

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131753

 

I am thinking on going with 8 gig of ram.

OS on a SSD and then one large spindle drive.

 

I will have to go back thru the podcasts to go over the details on setting up win7 on a SSD.

 

Thanks for all of your input in the forums and on the podcast.

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I am thinking on going with 8 gig of ram.

OS on a SSD and then one large spindle drive.

 

I will have to go back thru the podcasts to go over the details on setting up win7 on a SSD.

 

 

I think I can summarize the current BYOB Win7 install to SSD prep/setup fairly simply: Install as usual and forget all the crazy tweaks. Just make sure the drive is set to AHCI in the BIOS to allow for native TRIM support.

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I am partial to ASUS. I recall that you had some issues with your last ASUS MB.

This is the one that I am looking at. I am wondering what your comments are on it?

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131753

 

I am thinking on going with 8 gig of ram.

OS on a SSD and then one large spindle drive.

 

I will have to go back thru the podcasts to go over the details on setting up win7 on a SSD.

 

Thanks for all of your input in the forums and on the podcast.

 

TimeKills is close. There are three things I do on the SSD install. Turning off the indexing of the SSD is important to me, moving the brower cache files to the spindle drive, and making the pagefile at fixed size usually 2 gigs. The rest not really required.

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