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March 31, 2013 10:40:50 AM

I'm building a budget gaming pc after getting an i5 2500k processor & gtx 295 video card relatively cheap. I'm not too tech savvy when it comes to pc's and hardware but I tried my best and came up with these parts:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NtXv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NtXv/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NtXv/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($213.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.13 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $530.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-31 13:30 EDT-0400)


I'm really stuck on what power supply to get and am also not 100% sure if everything is compatible(theoretically atleast). Any suggestions on the power supply(I'd like to keep it under 90$) and other thoughts? thanks!


*I'd also like to note that I wont be overclocking the cpu and gpu.

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March 31, 2013 10:56:10 AM

The GTX295 needs a 650W psu:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
You are good there.
Here is a Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W for $75. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard you picked will not let you OC the "K" in the 2500K.
You will need a Z77 based motherboard.
It will cost you about $90.
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March 31, 2013 10:58:21 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
I wouldn't use the MoBo

That price is high for a 320 GB drive. $15 more triples storage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd spend a bit more for a better case ... nice combo here for $195 after rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Hard drive space isn't typically a concern for me personally, I've never been able to fill up my 300gb laptop hd or come close. Also I was hoping not to spend too much more money as I'm already over budget.


geofelt said:
The GTX295 needs a 650W psu:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
You are good there.
Here is a Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W for $75. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard you picked will not let you OC the "K" in the 2500K.
You will need a Z77 based motherboard.
It will cost you about $90.


I appreciate the response as I did not know that. I may need to re-evaluate my build but I'm guessing that I should invest in a proper cooling solution before ever thinking about ocing.
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a c 140 ) Power supply
March 31, 2013 11:25:41 AM

You can oc modestly with the Intel stock cooler. Under load, it will be a bit noisy.
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March 31, 2013 11:53:01 AM

geofelt said:
You can oc modestly with the Intel stock cooler. Under load, it will be a bit noisy.


I've switched the mobo to this one MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) just incase I do want to overclock. I know it's a tad cheap, but you have to risk for the biscuit. Thoughts? I appreciate the responses.
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a c 140 ) Power supply
March 31, 2013 1:43:27 PM

Really, any Z77 based motherboard does about as well as another. I think you are good.
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March 31, 2013 1:45:43 PM

geofelt said:
Really, any Z77 based motherboard does about as well as another. I think you are good.

Thanks!, I appreciate you taking your time to help me.
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