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March 31, 2011 3:13:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In about a week

Budget Range: $900 - $1000 (after shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music, movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Overclocking: Probably not, mainly cause I don't really know how.

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050



Here is what I have so far:


Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB




ASUS P8P67 Pro ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard



*$10 Gift Card* MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI PCI-E Video Card



Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan



G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit



Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM



Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 6X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio *No PSU*



Is everything compatible?

will everything fit in the case?

Is there anyway to save a bit more money but not lose performance? I'm almost over my budget

Am I missing anything?







Sorry about the all the questions, this is my first time building my own computer.

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March 31, 2011 4:20:15 PM

Well if you dont plan to OC, though its really easy, you can just go with an i5-2400 and save $30, the 2500k is specifically for overclocking.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57964&vpn=BX80623I52400&m...

Also you could go for a lower wattage PSU (500w) and save $15, 500w will power everything you have just fine, and still have a little room for expansion.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=33040&vpn=OCZ500MXSP&manu...

However overall you have a good solid build, and I see no conflicts but you are missing an DVD (disk) drive.

Happy Building!
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March 31, 2011 4:49:40 PM

mattius92 said:
Well if you dont plan to OC, though its really easy, you can just go with an i5-2400 and save $30, the 2500k is specifically for overclocking.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57964&vpn=BX80623I52400&m...

Also you could go for a lower wattage PSU (500w) and save $15, 500w will power everything you have just fine, and still have a little room for expansion.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=33040&vpn=OCZ500MXSP&manu...

However overall you have a good solid build, and I see no conflicts but you are missing an DVD (disk) drive.

Happy Building!




Okay, but say I do get the i5 2500k, and learn how to OC... Will I need the 650w PSU? Also, will I need a better cooling system?

Thanks for the answer!
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March 31, 2011 5:01:51 PM

I would really recommend you keep the 2500k, because learning to OC is easy, however yes you would need a better cooling system and also the 650w PSU. I say stay with your original build, unless you want to save a few bucks. I say performance wise its best to stay with your plan.
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March 31, 2011 5:03:11 PM

Maybe go with a i5 2500, that just means it's unlocked so you can't OC it but if you want to learn how to OC, you'll need the "k" option, as well as a p67 motherboard. (Which you have both of) You could save yourself $20 by not getting the PRO version of the motherboard, thats what I have and I'm very happy with it. Also, If you're not going to OC right now, the stock CPU cooler is fine but in the future, when you want to OC, I'd get the Corsair H50. It's a great cooler. Hope that helped a little
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March 31, 2011 5:27:07 PM

EPbaseballer14 said:
Maybe go with a i5 2500, that just means it's unlocked so you can't OC it but if you want to learn how to OC, you'll need the "k" option, as well as a p67 motherboard. (Which you have both of) You could save yourself $20 by not getting the PRO version of the motherboard, thats what I have and I'm very happy with it. Also, If you're not going to OC right now, the stock CPU cooler is fine but in the future, when you want to OC, I'd get the Corsair H50. It's a great cooler. Hope that helped a little





hmmm...


What if I switched the i5 2500k and the ASUS P8P67 Pro out for this i5 2500 and ASUS P8P67 LE B3 bundle? would that work out alright? Probably also going to use that 500W PSU that mattius92 suggested, since I'm not gonna bother overclocking.

With the bundle (and the savings code) I'll save about $80: NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor Sandy Bridge & ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Motherboard



Here is what i'm thinking now:

NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor Sandy Bridge & ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Motherboard

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit

Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 6X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio *No PSU*


Is all of this compatible? And will the case be big enough? sorry for all of the noob questions guys.


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March 31, 2011 6:02:49 PM

Everything there should work just fine with each other. If you're not going to OC though, you don't need the P67. The H67 motherboard will be better because it doesn't have OC options and it uses less power. It does have an on board GPU but it doesn't matter because you picked out a nice GTX 560.
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