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Gaming System Upgrade [~$500]

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March 4, 2011 8:05:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:
1-2 Months or however long it takes good B3 mobo's for an i5-2500k to be available.


Budget Range:
$450-$500 after taxes and rebates closer to $450 though


System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming (Rift, SC2, CoD:BO), Excel, Internet, and potentially AutoCAD in the near future. I will NOT be using it for photoshop or video editing.


Parts Not Required:
Case, Display, Peripherals, Optical, SSD, HDDs, Videocard (8800 GTS, yes I realize it's dated and I will upgrade next)
PSU is a Corsair HX620W


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
None. I also do not have easy access to a microcenter though for enough savings (>$100) I could ask a friend to shop and ship or drive out to CA myself.


Country of Origin:
United States


Parts Preferences:
Intel i5-2500k


Overclocking:
Yes on air


SLI or Crossfire:
Absolutely not now or in the future


Monitor Resolution:
1920x1200


Additional Comments:
I'm looking for an i5-2500K build that will be a good overclocker with easy tweaking and preferably an easy way to clear/reset the bios without a jumper after a bad overclocking setting. The only physical motherboard features I would like are Sata 3.0 ports and USB 3.0 ports. I don't need bluetooth, HD sound, dual gigabit LAN, or RAID features on the mobo and would rather not have them if it means a cheaper board. I'm also looking for suggestions on a Heatsink that will fit in my case. My current Scythe Ninja (6.3 in height) is touching my case panel so the new one should preferably be the same height or shorter. My current buy list looks like an Intel i5-2500K along with a motherboard, memory, and heatsink.
March 4, 2011 10:38:26 AM

2500K: $230
ASRock p67 Extreme 4: $152
Scythe Big Shuriken: $40 - at 57mm high, this is a VERY low profile heat sink
8GB DDR3-1333: $80

Total: $502

alternately the Hyper 212 Plus is $30 at newegg (so slice $10 off), and about 5" high.
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March 4, 2011 2:01:59 PM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
230$

ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67 EXTREME4
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67-EX4&tit...
153$

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
35$ AR and Promo Code

Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
27$AR

Total: 445$AR

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...
Only 4 GB RAM is required for GAMING
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March 4, 2011 2:29:12 PM

yeah, only 4 is required, but 8 tends to lead to better LOOKING images and less artifacting in games, and its CHEAP right now
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