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March 16, 2011 6:18:55 PM

MSI N460GTX -M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
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MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5, and i3 - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Combo
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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March 16, 2011 6:32:53 PM

It's all compatible, though the PSU isn't the best choice. Rosewill's units are just ok. You'd do better to get a smaller, high quality PSU. I'd look at the XFX 650W, which is $60 after rebate. It's the same total price, but a lot higher quality. You could even drop to a 450-550W PSU from another quality brand like Antec (their Earthwatts series only), Corsair, SeaSonic or Silverstone, since you're not going to be able to SLI (the board doesn't support it. However, most of them are either sold out right now or more expensive than the XFX 650W.
March 16, 2011 6:37:01 PM

what size psu do i need since im not using sli
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March 16, 2011 6:39:04 PM

450W-550W. However, most of the ones from quality brands are more expensive than XFX's 650W.
March 16, 2011 7:02:38 PM

That'd be a good one two, though it's only $5 less and is less efficient (80+ Bronze vs. 80+ Silver). Like I said, the XFX 650W is simply an amazing value.
March 16, 2011 7:11:21 PM

do it matter what kind of case i use
March 16, 2011 7:37:31 PM

Kind of. You need to make sure you have an ATX case with at least enough room for the GPU. You want to have at least two fans (one front, one back) for ventilation. Other than that, it doesn't matter too much. Cheap cases tend to be really flimsy and hard to build in. That Challenger case is easily among the cheapest quality cases you can buy. You could go cheaper, but more low-end cases have a big shpping charge. Typically, the least you can spend on a case is $40 with shipping. The extra $15 for the Challenger would be well worth it.
March 16, 2011 7:39:21 PM

is the rosewill destroyer a good case
March 16, 2011 7:48:43 PM

It's decent, but I prefer the Challenger. It's only $5 more, but it's bigger and has more cooling (a 140mm fan vs. a 120mm, which also makes it a touch more quiet).
March 17, 2011 11:12:16 AM

That's not a good idea. The non-"K" versions of the Sandy Bridge CPUs aren't able to be overclocked. That means getting a HSF with it is pretty much pointless. As is buying a P67, as the main benefit of the P67 is that you can overclock.

If you really want to get a CPU that you can't overclock, switch the board to one that won't let you either. The H67 series boards will provide you with all the other features that P67 don't, such as integrated graphics and Quick Snyc.

That's also not the best HSF either. This combo, the 2500K and Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, would not only allow you to overclock, but gives you a better deal ($8 off vs. $5). The Hyper 212 is also the best budget HSF out there, and is the one I'd recommend at $30.
March 17, 2011 2:49:13 PM

so i can't overclock the i5-2400
March 17, 2011 3:03:21 PM

You might be able to overclock it a little, but it wouldn't be easy or recommended. It's restrictive enough that if you wanted to do any overclocking, the extra $30 for the 2500K is well worth the money.
March 17, 2011 3:10:53 PM

thanks for th advice i can spend the extra $30
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