Hey guys, It's been a while since I've had to build a computer, and I don't know a whole ton about the new Ivy Bridge CPU's that Intel has released. I just want to make sure these parts are compatible. Thanks.
Processor- Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge $210
Motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $160
RAM- CORSAIR Vengance 8gb 1600mhz $65
Power SUpply- OCZ MODXSTREAM PRO 700W Modular $90
Case- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer $85
CPU Cooler- NZXT Hakik 140
Already have, won it from here actually.
I have one particular question. Will I need to update the BIOS to use that Ivy Bridge CPU with that z68 board?
i'd recommended that you pick another PSU at least 80 plus bronze certified except if you really don't have an extra 30-50$... here's my suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012
This one is rated for continous power not for peak so if you rate it ""Maximmum power"" like the other one it may achieve a 900 to 1000w rating... this will ensure stability at high load and maximum lifetime...
For the ram i suggest you take a look in the certified memory list: http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Memory/mb_memory_ga-z68xp-ud3p.pdf (that will ensure compatibility)
For the rest no trouble at all ;) i don't think you'll need a bios update cause the mobo natively support 22nm cpu...
Someone suggested i get this Seasonic Power supply
they said it'd be enough for the cpu and the gtx 680 I plan to get.
and I was wondering about a bios update because that board was released before the ivy bridge cpu's were released.
Yeah Seasonic is a really good known manufacturer and usually their product are really well build (have a Antec NeoHe 500w PSU (it has Seasonic internal) in my HTPC. I buy that when i had my P4 478 pin so like in 2002-2003 and it always power a pentium dual-core and a HD5770... all the voltage are in the limits and this system is on 24/7 since 2-3 years and before in my P4 was at least 6-8 hours a day)
so roughly 10 years of service and always run nice at this date (have also powered my Q6600 for a month or two in the beginning but not enough room to overclock when i raised the voltage so i had to change it)
However i suggest you to buy one with a little more room for upgrade in the future cause this one will be ok but don't expect to put another gtx680 or 12 HDD... (I generally kept my PSU 5-6 years for sure so they run in 2-3 rig in that time... I don't know what would be my next 2 rig so i buy a really decent PSU to buy only one...)
For the mobo that's ok it been built like many other in prevision of the Ivy bridge so it's supporting that processor (also have PCI-E 3.0 so it's sure that this is Ivy Bridge ready)
this build will only have 1 680
so if that Seasonic psu will be plentiful then I'll use that.
Also, Good to know that the board will be fine with a new ivy bridge cpu. Because some boards dont support the new processors like EVGA's boards still don't.
Yeah the seasonic is enough for this build ;) wasn't knowing about EVGA's board that doesn't support Ivy, thx about the info :)
the mobo is native after a bios update some might be lucky if its already updated
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