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I2500k build. Would like some advice.

Hey guys,

I'm trying to build a new desktop (first time). I want to spend around $600-$900 without a monitor/keyboard/mouse etc.

Will be using for mostly gaming, watching 1080p movies and using Solidworks (CAD) here and there.


Here is what I have so far:

Processor
-Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
$240

Memory
-Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 4GB 2X2GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
$43

PSU
-XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular ATX Power Supply ATX12V 52A 24PIN 80PLUS Bronze
$80

Video card
-ASUS GeForce 460 GTX DirectCU 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini HDMI HDCP PCI-E Video Card
$180

MOBO
-Not sure
$?

HDD
-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$55

Case
-Not sure.. Don't need anything fancy

Total so far: ~670 including tax


Sorry for yet another i2500K build thread but I figured I might as well ask the pros before I finalize anything. All advice is welcome - (swaps/upgrades/whatever). Let me know if you need any further details.


Thanks in advance.
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  1. Everything looks good. For the case I would get the Antec 900 or 1200 and for the motherboard you are going to have to wait a few weeks until the new sandy bridge motherboards come out. All the other ones are on recall.

    The P67 would be the best board to get from Asus, AsRock, or Gigabyte which will cost $120-$200.

    Also, if you want to spend a few more dollars, you can get the 4GB 1600 Gskill Ripjaws for $49.99
  2. Best answer
    If you wait 2-3 more weeks all the P67 boards will be available. Some are already in stock on newegg....they are starting to trickle in daily.

    This build includes a factory o/c gtx 560 with the option to add another for SLI.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67-EX4&title=ASRock-P67-Extreme4-LGA1155-Intel-P67-DDR3-Quad-SLI-Quad-CrossFireX-SATA3-USB3-0-A-GbE-ATX-Motherboard $153.99
    ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67 EXTREME4

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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=N82E16820226092 $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

    http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS424-98/dp/B002SIMPXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1299218744&sr=1-1 $22.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
    Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N560GTX-Twin-Frozr-IIOC/dp/B004JLNZXU/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1299218861&sr=1-4 $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI GeForce GTX 560 1 GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 Graphics Card N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr IIOC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Total: $914.92 *not including shipping, rebates, etc...


    http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.html <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards

    http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1EqpvWFEN <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-extreme4-p67-and-fatal1ty-professional-p67-vs-x58-with-core-i7-950-review-asrock-p67-extreme4.html <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bridge-with-the-asrock-p67-extreme4 <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards :)

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4 <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
  3. statik, Why_Me, thanks, i appreciate it.

    So Why_Me you think it makes more sense to go for the GTX560 rather than 460? Is it to be better prepared to adapt to SLI?


    Also,

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

    ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67 EXTREME4 ($153.99) already has the B3 Stepping Chipset included?

    Do you think I should wait for the other motherboards to arrive to newegg?

    Thanks!!
  4. sdvz said:
    statik, Why_Me, thanks, i appreciate it.

    So Why_Me you think it makes more sense to go for the GTX560 rather than 460? Is it to be better prepared to adapt to SLI?


    Also,

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

    ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67 EXTREME4 ($153.99) already has the B3 Stepping Chipset included?

    Do you think I should wait for the other motherboards to arrive to newegg?

    Thanks!!

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-review/ <--- gtx 560 SLI review...and these aren't even over clocked. The gtx 460 is considered a middle of the road card now.

    Asrock extreme4, Asus Pro, Gigabyte UD4...all in the same "range of boards" imo, so whoever gets those "revised b3 chipset" first...I would jump on it.
  5. Quote:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371025 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.ph [...] otherboard $153.99
    ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67 EXTREME4

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072 $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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/Prod [...] 6820226092 $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

    http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightS [...] 744&sr=1-1 $22.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
    Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N560GTX- [...] 861&sr=1-4 $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI GeForce GTX 560 1 GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 Graphics Card N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr IIOC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185 $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Total: $914.92 *not including shipping, rebates, etc...



    If I decided to go without the SLI option, what changes should be made to Why_Me's suggested build (quoted above)?
  6. Newegg has a couple B3 mobos

    MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130574&Tpk=MSI%20P67A-GD65

    $180 though.. not worth it?
  7. Ok that MSI board is gone now - i'm regretting not buying it now.. too impatient

    but hey does anyone have any suggestions/mods to the build i quoted above? courtesy of Why_Me
  8. Updated build... suggestions?

    ASUS P8P67 Pro ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard


    MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card


    Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB


    G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory


    OCZ FATAL1TY Series 750W ATX 24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Red Fan 80+ Bronze Power Supply


    Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB SATA2 3Gbps 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
    or..
    Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
    Which one should I get? the 2TB is only $15 more

    Case and dvd drive i'll decide on later
  9. Best answer selected by Sdvz.
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