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First time build, buying parts in one week, have some questions

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March 13, 2011 10:24:02 PM

Hey all, long time lurker, first time poster. I'm going to be building my first pc buy the end of the month, parts will be ordered next weekend. I tried to do as much research as possible, to make sure I make sound choices on the items I want, but would like some feedback, maybe their are better parts, than the ones I chose, would love to hear some opinions and helpful tips what y'all think, I have a week to make revisions.

EDIT: Forgot to add that this computer will be used almost solely for gaming. Such as Rift, Dragon Age 2, CoD, Ghost Recon.
EDIT 2: Changed out the mobo based on info given by readers.

I will be using some parts from my old pc:

Possibly the case - Antec 900 gamer
Video card: MSI N640GTX
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Titanium X-FI

The parts I will be ordering are as follows


Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67, http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Now the motherboard is probably one of the hardest decisions, and the one I would like the most advice on, as their are so many options, not sure I made the right choice.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz, http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory: G.Skill Ripsaw 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 - http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42745&vpn=F3-12800CL9...

Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM, http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Was also considering a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12

Case (optional): Coolermaster HAF 932, http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

PSU: Corsair TX750W, http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=26415&vpn=CMPSU-750TX...

Was also considering strongly getting an SSD drive. If I opt out of the case, am most certainly going to get one. Anyone have any suggestions on a reliable SSD?

Anyways, this is what I'm looking at. Appreciate all opinions and constructive criticisms.

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March 13, 2011 10:36:39 PM

One thing is that you need a P67 motherboard and not a P55. The 2500K will not work on a P55 board.
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March 13, 2011 10:42:31 PM

nova_intel said:
One thing is that you need a P67 motherboard and not a P55. The 2500K will not work on a P55 board.



Ahh ok, On the page that lists the motherboard it has the message

"Supports Intel K series CPUs since BIOS 910"

I took this to mean that it would support the i5 2500k.

So if that is not the case, anyone have any comments on a reliable motherboard for that chip?
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March 13, 2011 11:50:01 PM

took your advice, changed the mobo, still feel in the dark about them, soooo many choices =(
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March 15, 2011 7:34:01 AM

Half a week to go, im assuming with the mobo changet that everything looks adequate.
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March 15, 2011 9:25:23 AM

I dunno where your located at, but if there is a microcenter around your area you can get a i5 2500k there for $179.99, save you a bit of money if you have one near you.

i5 2500k
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March 15, 2011 12:30:01 PM

luckychalmz said:
I dunno where your located at, but if there is a microcenter around your area you can get a i5 2500k there for $179.99, save you a bit of money if you have one near you.

i5 2500k


That is a great deal, unfortunately I live in Canda. Although I Wonder if www.ncix.com would honor a price match off a USa site, since our dollar was doing better than the american dollar atm.
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March 15, 2011 1:29:10 PM

I have that same motherboard arriving to my house this week (however I won't be able to build until this weekend). There are a couple issues that I have with the board, but I knew this when I bought it, I was just impatient, and will be switching it out for an ASRock P67 Extreme4 when they are available. The first issue is if you are planning to add another video card down the line. The two PCI-E slots run at 16x/4x, not 8x/8x like some others. Also, I have read that you cannot change the vcore voltage, so if you plan to overclock, this might limit how high you can go. Other than that, your build sounds fine to me, but I'm a bit of a noob too, so take it with a grain of salt.
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March 17, 2011 6:42:48 AM

Can I PLS have an idea about your budget & what you want it for?
I've been building systems since 9 yrs now & I advice you to go for the X58 chipset
Trust me I know how you feel & how lost you are; I feel the same every time I build a PC. However, the X58 based MBs have proven to be most reliable.
If you can just tell me how much you are willing to spend then I can really help you.
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