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Core i5 Rebuild.....need some feedback please

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March 14, 2011 12:06:46 AM

Hey guys,

I built an i5-750 rig about this time last year, and with the advice from everyone here that thing ran better than I could have ever imagined. The best part is, it's now working for some dude that jacked it and 4 other computers from my house. So, now that I've gotten the insurance reimbursement, it's time to rebuild this thing. I'm not so much worried about where to get the parts the cheapest - I'm not lazy enough to ask people to do the shopping around for me. I really just want some feedback on the parts I've chosen and where I can maybe scale back the spending in one spot to maybe increase it in another. It's not a heavy gaming rig, but when I do play I want it to do just fine at 1920x1080. Gaming is going to be the most demanding thing it will be doing, though. Here's what I've gotten so far.

Budget = $1000-1200, before shipping I suppose

Parts not needed = case, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc. I only need internal components (and probably the OS, see below)

Buy Site - Tiger Direct or Newegg

Timeframe - soon.

Country - USA

So far, I've decided to go with the i5-2500k for about $220.

Motherboard - ASUS P8P67 ATX MOBO @~$165

RAM -$150 G.SKILL PIS Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2200 (PC3 17600) Desktop Memory Model F3-17600CL7D-4GBPIS

GFX - Radeon HD 6870 $220

PSU - Antec TruePower 750w Modular (if you're going to give a different recommendation on a PSU, I'd still like it to be modular) - $99

Blu-Ray drive - $55

DVD Drive - $20

OEM Windows 7 64 bit - $99
(side note - I'm still in possession of the media/case and product key from the stolen computer. I'm aware it's tied to the hardware, but does anybody think Microsoft would let me reactivate it, or can they even just deactivate the other copy?)

Monitor - I actually have 3 picked out, but I'm open to other options.

This is the one I had :

Another -

And Another - (This one is factored into my current price, in my Newegg Cart @$210)

Total in Newegg Cart Right now - $1100 after shipping

I'm also planning to probably purchase a 500gb HDD, but I already have a 1TB that I had just gotten before the computer was stolen and never got to put it in, so the HDD can be left out of the price. i'm assuming a 500GB is about $50, anyway.

A few of my concerns about the items I had picked out were as follows - The RAM might be a little overkill, and I might be able to get away with something closer to about $100. I saw the recall on 1155 motherboards, and I had an ASUS P55 mobo on my 1156 setup, so I figured that mobo would be a good one to start with, but I don't really know. The graphics card is probably the one I want, but it's always nice to hear people reinforce the decision. I had a 5770 on my old setup, and it might be nice to have a cheaper option in case I change my mind on the 6870, too. Also, is the PSU too much? The 6870 says it needs a minimum of 500, I know that's not recommended but I'm not going to be Crossfiring anyway. I know the CPU is probably the best choice also, unless I decide to cut back 20 bucks for a 2400k. My major concern with the 2500k is how well the stock cooler will work. Anywhere I can save a bit of money without sacrificing too much performance would be great. Thanks in advance for the help!

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March 14, 2011 12:39:58 AM

That motherboard you have linked up top wouldn't be one that many people would recommend for a dual card set up for the fact it runs a single cards @ 16x, but it runs dual cards @ 4x. Here's one down below worth looking at imo, and it should be back out on the shelves (including newegg) within the next week or two along with the rest of the 1155 mobo's. $153.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67 EXTREME4 <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards :) <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard

Most all of these boards default to and max out @ 1866hz speed wise for RAM. Also low voltage RAM (1.5v or even less) is what is recommended for these 1155 boards. Down below is a pretty decent deal. It's a factory o/c gtx 560 (with even more headroom for further o/c) matched with some low voltage RAM. One other thing, and it's a biggy... In order to o/c these 1155 builds, RAM plays zero part in that regards. So having faster or lower timing RAM is not going to help you in the least in regards to o/c these cpu's. Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $329.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $241.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
March 14, 2011 1:02:07 AM

Many thanks. I didn't research the GTX 560 too much in comparison to the 6870, so I'll look into that because that's a good deal on the combo if I decide to go that way.