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Novice i5 2600K build. Any feedback appreciated.

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March 19, 2011 10:34:34 AM

Hey guys,this will be my first build I was just wanted to check to see if everything here goes well together and if anything needs re-thinking. I'll be using this mainly for gaming and watching movies. Budget is $2500 Australian preferably less. Thanks in advance!

CPU-i5 2600K http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU-Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 120MB O/C'd http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU Cooler-Noctua D-14 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Memory-8GB Corsair DDR3 (2x4GB) http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard-Gigabyte GA-P67-UD3B3 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU-Corsair AX-750W http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Hard Disks-60GB Corsair F60 SDD http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
=-1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case-Coolermaster HAF 922 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical Drive-Samsung SH-S223C http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Mouse-Razer DeathAdderV2 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Keyboard-Gigabyte K8100 Aivia RED http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Monitor-BenQ 24" 2440HM 2ms LED w/speakers http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Fan Controller-5.25" Zalman ZM-MFC1 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Software-Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

All up it's $2383AUD w/out postage.
March 19, 2011 12:23:29 PM

Gamng does not benefit from hyperthreading, so if the i5-2500K is cheaper get that - it usually is.

Gaming builds don't need or benefit from more than 4GB of RAM, so you could save some money there, unless you do other things which do benefit from having lots of RAM. The links you posted don't work for me, so I couldn't check if it the RAM you chose has tall heatspreaders, which it might be wise to avoid using with such a large cooler like the Noctua NH-D14.

And the Seasonic X-750 and Corsair AX-750 are virtually the same unit, so I would just get the cheaper of the two:
Seasonic X-750 $215
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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March 19, 2011 12:40:50 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
it looksd pretty good, though I wouldn't spend quite so much on a mouse/keyboard.
this should do:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


I want to buy good quality gaming mouse and keyboard the one in the link looks quite cheap.

Silvune said:
Gamng does not benefit from hyperthreading, so if the i5-2500K is cheaper get that - it usually is.

Gaming builds don't need or benefit from more than 4GB of RAM, so you could save some money there, unless you do other things which do benefit from having lots of RAM. The links you posted don't work for me, so I couldn't check if it the RAM you chose has tall heatspreaders, which it might be wise to avoid using with such a large cooler like the Noctua NH-D14.

And the Seasonic X-750 and Corsair AX-750 are virtually the same unit, so I would just get the cheaper of the two:
Seasonic X-750 $215
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Thanks i'll get the Seasonic over the Corsair then.
The main reason for choosing the 2600K was that I was told it will speed up my system much more than a 2500K and it's more 'future proof', this is from one of my friends so i'm not sure how reliable this is.
Regarding the RAM, does it matter if I buy cheaper or does buying more expensive RAM really show results. This is the current one I was planning on using, I checked on the Noctua website about compatability so it should be all good. Hopefully this link works this time. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...



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March 19, 2011 2:30:48 PM

There are applications where the i7-2600K will be noticeably better and faster than the i5-2500K, but it isn't in gaming: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=287
I also can't see how it could be much more futureproof, because surely it will be many years before either needs to be replaced because of a lack of performance, unless games or whatever really start to favour 8 cores/threads any time soon. Which I wouldn't predict, but that's only my opinion.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/display/ssd-vs...
I haven't read this in awhile, but I remember that it showed that having more RAM has virtually no positive performance impact. Bit-tech (www.bit-tech.net), The Tech Report (techreport.com) and this site have done tests about the difference the speed of RAM has on system performance. I've only skimmed through them, if I read them at all, because as far as I'm concerned they are long winded ways of saying that you don't usually get noticeable performance improvements from faster RAM/more expensive RAM (outside of synthetic benchmarks). And even if the faster sticks do provide faster performance it is questionable whether the improvements are worth the money. Overclocking is another matter, if you want to overclock the RAM itself then yes the more expensive sets are more likely to overclock better.

Yea, those sticks are nice and low profile.
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March 19, 2011 11:23:45 PM

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March 19, 2011 11:29:07 PM

Thanks Silvune, you helped me cut my cost about $200. I'll definately get the 2500K and probably lower the RAM to about 6GB as I still might need some for doing 3D modelling in the future. I appreciate the time you took to help me.
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