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New i5 2500K

From what I've been reading so far, this seems to be a pretty solid build. I just want to run it by you guys before I build it. This is for a friend. For games and CS4.

CPU: Core i5 2500K ($180, Microcenter)
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO ($185)
RAM: 8 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X ($105)
GPU: GTX 560 ($250)
CASE: HAF 912 ($60)
PSU: XFX 750 Watt, Modular ($100 AR)
Optical: $20
HDD: Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($65)

Total: 965

His ideal budget was $800 - 900, is there anywhere I can cut costs to make this more affordable?
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  1. Change psu to Antec earthwatts...it's not modular though, get that HD from Amazon...$6 cheaper...free shipping, and change up the mobo to Asrock extreme4 ...and change your memory to 1333 2x4gig either gskill or mushkin.
  2. Okay, so this

    Antec Earthwatts (-$20)
    Spinpoint F3 from Amazon (-$6)

    With the RAM, I know it doesn't make a huge difference for gaming performance, but what about CS4 stuff? All I know is that larger projects in that suite require a lot of RAM. Are they very sensitive to latency and frequency as well?
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    1333 is fine.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220435&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=404255&SID=178128
    $30 after rebate

    You could definitely save on the mobo. Does your friend need sli/crossfire?

    Even if he does, the ASUS P8P67 PRO also comes in m-atx with the sam 8x/8x config. for $149. You could prob find somewhere else w/free shipping.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=ASUS+P8P67+PRO&x=0&y=0

    Also the 6950 1gb is the same price as GTX560, is faster, and can be unlocked to a 6970.
  4. Thanks. I missed the micro atx version of the P8P67 motherboard. Also, I was thinking of sticking with NVIDIA because CS4 and 5 have CUDA-accelerated functions?
  5. Yeah I can't help you with Cuda and tesselation. Maybe someone else can relate. But if it does, definitely go with the GTX. I think the GTX price will drop really soon since AMD rained on their parade with the 6950 1gb.
  6. Sooooo, we ordered parts, right. I did change the PSU to antec earthwatts 750 to save cash, and a gigabyte motherboard that was cheaper because he didn't want SLI.

    Buuuut, now we've heard about the motherboard SATA port issue. So, this was my thought: We go ahead and build it, and then when the fix is implemented, we return the motherboard under warranty. Because he really needs to have a computer now.

    Is this a viable plan? Do you see a problem with it? I'm thinking the Windows licensing could be an issue (it won't recognize the new board?). How should I get around this?
  7. mortonww said:
    Sooooo, we ordered parts, right. I did change the PSU to antec earthwatts 750 to save cash, and a gigabyte motherboard that was cheaper because he didn't want SLI.

    Buuuut, now we've heard about the motherboard SATA port issue. So, this was my thought: We go ahead and build it, and then when the fix is implemented, we return the motherboard under warranty. Because he really needs to have a computer now.

    Is this a viable plan? Do you see a problem with it? I'm thinking the Windows licensing could be an issue (it won't recognize the new board?). How should I get around this?


    That's what I'm planning to do. If you have an OEM copy of Windows at worst it's a call to Microsoft, explain why you replaced your motherboard, and they'll activate it for you over the phone.
  8. If the parts have shipped, then I think that is a good plan. If not, then Newegg has pulled all their inventory, and may pull your order too.
  9. Best answer selected by mortonww.
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