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$1200ish For a New (and first) i5 2500k Build

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March 21, 2011 12:38:57 PM

Hey guys, I've read several other threads and taken some mismatched advise, hopefully I've done a pretty decent job and you guys can help me out fine tuning. I'm very excited for my first build and really appreciate any comments you can give me.

Approximate Purchase Date: Depends on availability of P67 Motherboards. (Soon I hope).

Budget Range: $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Surfing and Streaming, DVD Read/Write/Rip, Gaming, I’m curious about TV Tuners (Recording and watching live television) but this isn’t as important right now.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg unless better prices can be found elsewhere (I’m interested in better prices if anyone knows of any please speak up)

Country of Origin: United States

Purchased so far (Prices include any shipping, taxes, and sales, MIR listed separately):
Processor: i5 2500k 192.14
RAM: 8 GB, (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X 74.99
PSU: XFX 750W ATX12V Silver Certified 135.98 ($20 MIR)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 99.98 ($10 MIR)
Mother Board: ASUS P8P67 Pro 202.82
HDD: Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Internal Hard Drive 64.04 ($10 MIR)
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 29.97
Optical Drive: AD-7260S 24X SATA Internal DVD Burner 19.20
GPU: EVGA GTX 570 347.28 ($30 MIR)


Parts Preferences:

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit 64.95

Current Total: 1231.35 (Also $70 in MIR on the way)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI: As a possible future upgrade

Monitor Resolution: 2 monitors at 1920 x1080

Additional Comments: This will be my first build, so all the advice you can give me is helpful.

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March 21, 2011 6:37:28 PM

Hello XXF;

There were some P8P67 Pro boards in stock at MicroCenters over the weekend. They're pretty much sold out in most of the stores now.

CPU/MB/RAM Good choices. IMO no reason to pay extra for CAS8 RAM.
CPU cooler: Combo deal with CPU.
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March 22, 2011 1:23:53 AM

I think I will take your advice on the RAM which should cut $30 from the build. How do I check if RAM is compatible with the MOBO I've selected? I've shot a couple searches through google and I'm clearly wording something incorrectly.

Also, I wandered around my local MicroCenter today just for kicks and the i5 2500k was marked at 179.99 plus tax, so I went ahead and bought it (buying items piece meal isn't ideal, but I couldn't pass it up) so that came to 192.14 after taxes. If you're planning a i5 2500k build RUN to MicroCenter before that deal runs its course (I did lose out on an $8 combo deal from NewEgg though, thanks for the suggestion WR2).

I've updated my OP with new prices and hopefully fixed the links.

Continued feedback is great as are any combo or cheaper vendor deals anyone might know about.
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March 22, 2011 1:28:25 AM

It's not easy finding good reviews on RAM. Generally if it's 1.5V RAM it's suitable for the P67/H67 Sandy Bridge boards.

I don't suppose your local micro center also had P67 boards in stock?
A lot of the stores had some Asus P8P67 Pro motherboards in over the weekend but they sold out fast in most locations.
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March 22, 2011 1:45:23 AM

They had the Gigabyte Deluxe Board for 229.99 and quite a selection of H67 series boards, but no ASUS Pro. They said they've been getting one shipment a week for three weeks now so to keep checking back.
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March 22, 2011 1:50:25 AM

Remember, you can reserve a board online if you see one show up.
I had a few people looking for boards manage to snag a few over the weekend.
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March 23, 2011 11:28:57 PM

I bought two more parts that theoretically bring my build within my stated yet flexible budget. Unfortunately it appears that Microsoft is only selling upgrade versions of Windows 7 at that price. I'm currently looking for a cheap license to XP or Vista or a reasonably priced license to '7' to keep me under that budget.

PSU: XFX 750W ATX12V Silver Certified 135.98 ($20 MIR)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 99.98 ($10 MIR)

Still looking for deals on the rest of the items!
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March 26, 2011 1:45:58 PM

I got the ASUS P67 Pro from MicroCenter yesterday. It was labeled $229.99 in the store, but I took it to a sales person and got it for 189.99 (plus tax, which is a budget killer).

I'm following up on a lead to get a Windows 7 license less expensive through my school, but I don't have much faith in them as an institution, so I might end up having to buy it for retail :( 

I do have a bit of time at least since I ordered the GTX570 through TD it won't get to me 'til early April.
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March 26, 2011 1:51:27 PM

Ouch. That's a long time in the back of the UPS van.
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