2 2500K Builds - $1500-2000

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1500 base. Can go up to $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet.

Parts Not Required:
Computer 1: Keyboard, mouse, case (Lancool PC-K62), PSU (XFX 750w)
Computer 2: Needs everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:

For both machines:

i5-2500K and ASUS P8P67 Pro - $395

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 - $160

Unfortunately OUT OF STOCK! :( Other suggestions welcome (even potentially 2x2 bundles)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 - $65

XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 - $300

Comes with the lifetime warranty. Would flashing this to unlock the 6970 capabilities void that? Other suggestions welcome.

CPU Heatsink
Noctua NH-D14

I'm worried that I won't have enough clearance with my Lancool PC-K62 to use this cooler. Can anybody comment on that? The HAF 922 is 10 inches wide, but my Lancool is only 8.5 inches...Was also considering the Scythe Mugen 2. Open to other suggestions here as well, especially smaller ones.

Thermal Paste

Suggestions here?

1TB Samsung Spinpoint f3 - $60

Cheaper at Amazon, believe it or not...

Windows Home Professional - $100

For 2nd machine only:

XFX 850W Black Edition - $110

Open to suggestions here. I doubt I'd need a full tower. I guess absent any suggestions, the HAF 922 comes to mind most naturally.

Any specific suggestions here?

Future Purchases:

Holding off for now. Eventually, I will probably purchase a Vertex 3. Until then, I'll be using my old trusty Raptor as my boot drive.

Completely open to suggestions. I would like to have 2 monitor setups for both machines, maybe 2x24's or 2x27's even? I already have some monitors though, so I can afford to wait and try and find a great deal (let the slickdeals lurking begin). If you guys have particular models that I should camp out for, or if you have great deals available now, let me know.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments:

Comp 1 Total: $910 w/4GB RAM
Comp 2 Total: $1245 w/ 4GB RAM

Questions to help me answer:

A. Monitor recommendations!
B. 4GB vs. 8GB, any real benefit for gaming? How about in non-gaming uses? If I restart my computer every day, does it matter if I have 8GB available?
C. Is there a particular 6950 that everyone thinks is the best? Not particularly attached to the one I linked. Also, does flashing the firmware void the warranty (and has anybody done this on this forum)? Because then, I'm even less attached to the XFX.
D. CPU Cooler recommendations. May need a smaller one to fit in my case...how tall is the Noctua?
E. Since I'm not that tight budget wise, it is better to just up both boxes to 2600K. I know the gaming benefits aren't that great, but there isn't a chipset premium like there was in the 750 to 920 jump...

Thanks all!
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  1. 1500 for both computers or 3000 for both?
  2. First I'll answer your questions:
    A. How expensive I would get this cheap, decent Asus monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
    B. 4gb is enough for gaming I would only recommend 8 if you are doing heavy rendering
    C. I don't own a 6950 so I haven't actually flashed one but yes it will void the warranty and I prefer the sapphire because it's cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&Tpk=sapphire%206950
    D. Sandy Bridge runs cool if you're thinking of mild-moderate overclocking stock will be enough if you go to like 5ghz a sub 30 dollar heatsink (hyper 212+) will do fine
    E. No, best price/performance is the 2500K
  3. There's prolly a dozen threads in the exact same price range, check them out for some ideas

    The Mugen 2 is the 2nd best performer in the Top Ten List .... the Noc is in the next tier (12-20th place)


    Fir TIM, 1st place goes to Shin Etsu

    This is what I'm currently building for most peeps w/ a $1500 budget

    Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103072
    PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $350 - GTX 570 SC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433
    SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221
    OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683211675

  4. Thanks Jack,

    I've been perusing the board most of the day. I'll take your advice on the Mugen and the TIM. I'm a bit of a noob on the ocing side, though I understand it's been made ridiculously simple. Will CAS timings of 9 be a detriment as opposed to CAS 7? I don't mind being a bit RAM limited or paying up for 4x2 with CAS 6.

    Any reason you recommend Pro over Home Premium? XP compatibility? Encryption?

    Also, does anybody know if the Mugen will fit in the Lancool PC-K62? I know it fits in the HAF 922.

    @Joel 1500 per computer.
  5. Bump for monitor recommendations, cpu cooler comments and other general comments.
  6. okay let's see monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059&cm_re=asus_monitor_1920_x_1080-_-24-236-059-_-Product very good monitor I have the same version with 5ms response time
    CPU cooler: I prefer the hyper 212+ over the scmg-2100 due to pricing, if you're going for all out max clocks the scmg-2100 is better but the hyper 212+ will suffice for over 10 dollars cheaper
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