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March 25, 2011 11:24:26 PM

Hello gentlemen (and women),

Looking for some advice on new build 2500k desktop, planning on ordering parts in the next few days. First build since many many years ago, so would prefer to keep it as hassle free as possible.

Budget is ~1300$, plan to use mainly for gaming, no OC or anything particularily fancy, standards 1920x1080 res kind of deal.

2500k, 8 GB ram, Antec 300, 750watt PS is what I am looking at.

I've poked around this excellent forum, and have decided on most components, but was wondering if anyone could give a heads up on the best (for my purposes):

1.) Mobo right now. As I understand it I am looking for a p67 unit, what is the cheapest I could get away with?

2.) GPU: It seems to me the 2Gb HD 6950 is a good bet right now, any specific recommendations? I would prefer to spend around ~275 tops on the GPU, and that seems to be the price range for most of the NewEgg units.

Last, I have heard some reservations about placing such a large GPU in an Antec 300, would it work? I will only be using one hard drive slot realistically, so blocking the other ones should not be an issue.


Oh and I was planning to get this monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank for you very much for the feedback,
looking forward to putting this all together
Thanks!

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March 25, 2011 11:47:44 PM

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Budget is ~1300$, plan to use mainly for gaming, no OC or anything particularily fancy, standards 1920x1080 res kind of deal.


Well you won't be need the K 2500 version if you not overclocking, safe yourself 30 bucks and get the i5 2500.

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1.) Mobo right now. As I understand it I am looking for a p67 unit, what is the cheapest I could get away with?


Get the ASUS P8P67 not the pro. Perfect for a single card GPU and cheap.

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2.) GPU: It seems to me the 2Gb HD 6950 is a good bet right now, any specific recommendations? I would prefer to spend around ~275 tops on the GPU, and that seems to be the price range for most of the NewEgg units.


Just get a reference card so you can unlock the shaders to a 6970. Though if you are not going to OC just get the 1GB version. Does just the same that that resolution and a bit cheaper.
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March 26, 2011 12:14:50 AM

Thanks for the quick reply rainwilds!

So, 2500k would offer me absolutely no advantage over 2500? In that case, saved money is a good thing, I'll go for a 2500.

For the Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Something like this? Newegg has a cheaper model, but it seems to be sold out.

Regarding the GPU, I'm afraid I am a bit confused, how do I tell which models are reference cards?
is the BIOS flash recommended for computer begginers?

Good day,
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March 26, 2011 12:37:38 AM

TheRussian1 said:
Regarding the GPU, I'm afraid I am a bit confused, how do I tell which models are reference cards?
is the BIOS flash recommended for computer begginers?

Well, the quick way to tell is that reference cards are typically less expensive.
But to know for sure, a reference card will show the GPU makers brand mark down by the PCI connector. So even if the card is made by XFX, Gigabyte, or Palit it will say 'AMD' or 'Nvidia' like this one.

The 6950 is already a great card, no need to mess around w/ flashing the bios if you're not comfortable w/ that.
Get it, install it and play.
Two years from now, when you're considering upgrading, then you can consider it. But even then it probably won't make enough of a difference to count as an upgrade anyway.
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March 26, 2011 1:19:17 AM

If you don't plan on over clocking, and no dual vid cards, then keep it simple.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$14.99 Combo Price: $289.99
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Here's two combo's worth looking at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $419.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $404.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $384.9
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
MSI R6970-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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March 26, 2011 1:21:09 AM

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So, 2500k would offer me absolutely no advantage over 2500?

That's correct. The K simply represents that the turbo multiplier is fully unlocked. The 2500 still can be OCed but only by a small amount.
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For the Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Something like this? Newegg has a cheaper model, but it seems to be sold out.
Yeah that's a perfect board for your rig. Asus have had good reviews for the Sandy Bridge boards. The LE model is great if you are not overclocking.
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Regarding the GPU, I'm afraid I am a bit confused, how do I tell which models are reference cards?
is the BIOS flash recommended for computer begginers?

The reference cards have got the AMD logo down the bottom near the PCI-E connectors. You can see the logo on many 6950 cards on the net. BIOS flashing is not difficult so anyone can do it. However, it is just a risk. Personally I am getting two 6950s and will be unlocking their shaders then overclocking from there. This is different to completely flashing the cards to 6970 which change the memory voltage and timings (risky). From all that I've read most people have had success. Note though that you need the 2GB not 1GB version of the card.
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