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January 21, 2011 3:46:26 PM

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.


More about : 2500k gaming build

a b 4 Gaming
January 21, 2011 4:42:26 PM
January 21, 2011 5:12:22 PM


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

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a b 4 Gaming
January 21, 2011 5:20:05 PM

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...
January 25, 2011 6:00:29 PM

Any recommendations on CPU fan?
January 25, 2011 6:18:55 PM

If you're looking to push your overclock:

Scythe Mugen 2100: $43

If you're looking for just a mild overclock:

Coolermaster 212+: $37

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.

RAM: GSkill 7CAS timings for $15 more

Only making these suggestions because you're coming in underbudget.
January 25, 2011 7:15:15 PM

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.

I think I will be purchasing 8 GB 1600 RAM since there is a 15% off sale at newegg for all desktop memory. : )

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

January 25, 2011 9:08:35 PM

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.


The build is looking pretty schweeet.



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

February 2, 2011 9:19:20 PM

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.