2500K GAMING BUILD/ HELP ME!

Hello Ladies and Gents!

I'm building a new rig primarily for gaming and the usual websurfing, homework, graphic design, etc.

Budget is approximately $1000 US. I already have the CPU and Motherboard: i5 2500K CPU and ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard so this does not need to be included within the budget.

Peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, etc. Monitor, speakers and the computer case do not need to be included in the budget.

I'm not too sure on the card, I'm thinking about the Radeon 6950 and flashing the bios to 6970.

I don't plan on overclocking, really no need at this point in my PC's life.

Thanks!!!
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  1. Awesome!

    I'll probably end up changing the Case for a more aesthetically pleasing look. Is any more than 4 gigs of RAM needed?

    THANKS!
  2. Nope. Stick with 4GB for now and watch your resource consumption as you play. You will probably be fine, but can always add more later...
  3. Any recommendations on CPU fan?
  4. If you're looking to push your overclock:

    Scythe Mugen 2100: $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142&Tpk

    If you're looking for just a mild overclock:

    Coolermaster 212+: $37
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Cases: I would recommend either the HAF 922 or the Lancool PC-K62. The Mugen and the 6950 will fit in both cases (I have both with similar setups).

    PSU: I would say just pull the trigger and step up to the 750HX. The modular is worth a little extra, especially if you're OCing and putting a cooler in. Less cables = better airflow.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    RAM: GSkill 7CAS timings for $15 more
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Only making these suggestions because you're coming in underbudget.
  5. Yah, thanks for the recommendations. I think I'm going with the HAF 922, the red appeals to me much more than the blue since I already have the antec 900 and want something different from the usual blue lighting.

    Regarding the CPU fan and heatsink, any comments on this? It looks sweet but is it really necessary? I do plan to overclock in the future, probably near future as the new Ivy bridges are to be release in Q3 or Q4.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    I think I will be purchasing 8 GB 1600 RAM since there is a 15% off sale at newegg for all desktop memory. : )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    The modular PSU looks awesome, definitely better for a cleaner organization of wire management.

    Thanks!
  6. If you're going to overclock, you should get lower timing RAM. The CAS 7 timing GSKILLS are $160.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231431

    The 2x2GB set is only $70:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231430

    The Noctua is probably overkill. The Mugen will be more than enough for your build.
  7. You're right, I was wondering why the price was low on this DDR3. CAS 9, I got my hopes up.

    I'll go with the 4GB CAS 7 and Mugen because you have a similar build. I'm not sure if the Noctua would fit in the HAF 922.

    Thanks!

    The build is looking pretty schweeet.

    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    CD/DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Storage Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    GFX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355

    PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231430

    OS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    CPU FAN/HEATSINK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    PRIMARY HD/SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    Any comments, revisions needed? If not, I pull the trigger in a few hours.

    :D
  8. The Scythe Mugen 2 was a frustrating choice, there are motherboard heatsinks that get in the way placing the fasteners. It took me 30 mins to an hour of frustration to turn the fasteners.

    Other than that, it's been running great.
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