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Advice on i5 2500k build sub $1500

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January 24, 2011 1:07:30 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week

Budget Range: $1200-$1500 (US)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, web surfing

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



So as not to simply mooch off your knowledge I have browsed some other threads and put together a list of parts for an upcoming build. Please critique as needed.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $224.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157217

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $82.99
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
Item #: N82E16820226095

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $9.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Item #: N82E16823109148

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
Item #: N82E16817371026

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130593

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99
ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express Wireless Adapter
Item #: N82E16833320048

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99
Asus VE248H Black 24" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
Item #: N82E16824236102

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


Total: $1,447.86
January 24, 2011 1:16:28 AM

All looks great to me. I don't see a reason to change anything unless you can find better prices.

You might consider switching to a Radeon HD 6950 for sub $300, then potentially flashing it to a 6970, but the GTX 570's great too.
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January 24, 2011 1:27:02 AM

This is almost perfect I would only change a couple things:
1. TIM- shin etsu is cheaper and has no cure time it's better than AS5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. Keyboard- for gaming I would recommend purchasing a g11 logitech buy it from eBay http://cgi.ebay.com/Logitech-G11-Gaming-Keyboard-/28061... (100% feedback from seller, he's a good un)
3. Monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... you won't notice that extra inch plus this one is significantly cheaper and has a lower response time
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January 24, 2011 1:58:38 AM

Here's some $ savers...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $238.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H... $60.57 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

Like the other poster pointed out... AS5 sux0rs. It's conductive, has a set up period, and gets cruddy fast down the road.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

With this monitor down here and savings up top, you can size up on a better case w/more room to work with...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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January 24, 2011 2:06:38 AM

I don't recommend the storm series the HAF though is good the 922 is nice if you can afford it btw shin etsu g751 is better than Tuniq and AS5 doesn't suck it just isn't the best anymore.

If you buy the HDD from amazon beware of amazons sub-par shipping on this item there have been multiple problems
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February 2, 2011 10:56:07 PM

Thanks for all the input. I believe the issue was due to lack of a strong internet connection and thus made my internet related applications wig out. Everything is fixed and the system is fantastic!
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