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New Builder: 2500k build advice/critique

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January 14, 2011 12:46:07 PM

I am new to building and wanted to set-up a decent computer, for gaming (WoW 3 boxing and others) and general work.

I have an Antec 900 case already.

The rest:
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS EAH6870/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX80G 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I wanted to keep under/around $1500 at thisd time. Is there anything else I need? Are there any changes you would make (better product)? Will the Antec 900 case be decent?

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January 14, 2011 1:12:39 PM

the antec 900 is perfect + good choice on all parts... well balanced system

only thing you could debate is the video card... for example: go from an ocz vertex 2 80gb -> to a 60gb... and use the extra savings towards a radeon 6950 2gb (which can be unlocked to a 6970)
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January 14, 2011 1:16:17 PM

I think ASUS P8P67 pro is too expensive. There are many other motherboards that are much cheaper such as Asrock Pro3.

6950 is good but it consumes too much power.
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January 14, 2011 1:23:46 PM

i have to disagree with 'joonkimdmd'... with a ~$1500 you can allow yourself to get the "higher-end" components... and ASUS/Gigabyte no doubt have the better motherboards around this price range, at this point in time

having said that - if you're not planning to overclock (much) / or have future Crossfire - you can get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

however, if you want future Crossfire capability... and better power circuitry for better overclocking... stick with the Pro version for sure

and as for the 6950 - too much power consumption for who?
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January 14, 2011 1:55:28 PM

6950 consumes more power than most of other GPU such as 6850 or 6870 although it's better.
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January 14, 2011 3:45:43 PM

I swappeds out the graphics to a XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
and the power supply to a CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006

Anything else anyone can think of?
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January 14, 2011 5:02:56 PM

looks real good to me...
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