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Building a new PC. Hardware compatibility?

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January 28, 2011 5:55:33 PM

This will be my first build so I just want to make sure that the parts are compatible and any other suggestions. This is right at the end of my budget. I think that's all I need, right?

Processor: Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Mid Tower
Ram: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2
PSU: Corsair 500W CX PSU
Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-A18LBK 22x Internal DVDRW Black Retail
Motherboard: Asus Socket 1155 P8H67-M PRO Micro-ATX Motherboard Includes Sound and Lan
Graphics: Sapphire HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
HDD: Seagate OEM 500GB Barracuda 3.5 inch 7200.12 (7200RPM, SATA, 16MB Cache)

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January 28, 2011 6:08:01 PM

i5-2400? Any chance of getting an i5-2500K. That is alot better than the 2400.
Fair power supply but Corsair has better to offer.
Nice RAM.
Fair HDD.
Decent graphics.

Well yes, it's all compatible.
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January 28, 2011 6:16:07 PM

What is your budget exactly? Are you in the US? Also, what is your intended use? If gaming, what is the resolution of the monitor you will be using? Additionally, do you need an operating system? Will you be overclocking? SLI or Crossfire in the future?
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January 28, 2011 6:18:26 PM

How will i5 2500K be a lot better because if it is then I may aswell spend a bit more for it but my motherboard is a P8H67 and I read that you need a P8P67 to do some better overclocking.
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January 28, 2011 6:19:28 PM

that build is pretty balance, I guess.....
Your GPU isn't that hard core so you won't be needing a hard core CPU either. The i5 2500 should be decent, you just gotta remember that you won't be able to overclock it.
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January 28, 2011 6:20:58 PM

No I'm in the UK, £500 is my budget and I won't be doing extreme gaming but whatever it can handle I'll probably play. My monitor is a 20inch (1680 x 1050) from Dell from my previous Pre-built pc. I don't think I'll be overclocking and I'm pretty sure I won't use dual cards. I bought Windows 7 Pro for £30 as a student deal when it was released so I'll just use that.
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January 28, 2011 6:42:18 PM

The 2500k is great for overclocking and has better integrated graphics but if your not overclocking and don't need integrated graphics, the 2400 should suit you fine. You will be able to overclock it a little bit but no where near what the chip is capable of.

If what you have is within your budget, then I think you will be fine. Though, if you are not overclocking, you won't need the aftermarket cooler. The stock cooler will work fine. I would use the saved money and buy a better graphics card that will help you out with games down the road. At only 1680x1050 though, the 5770 will do fine. for a little more, I would recommend the 6850.

As for the motherboard, personally, I would buy an ATX rather than a micro-ATX because you will have more expansion slots with the option to add in cards down the road. Additionally, the H series includes integrated graphics that you don't really need if you are purchasing a discrete card anyways unless you want it for a backup.
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January 28, 2011 7:07:30 PM

What Mboard do you think will be good?
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February 7, 2011 11:47:02 PM

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