$1000 i5 2500k P67 build

I bet people are tired of answering to these forums but I'm sorry, I just want to make sure everything will work smoothly. The main uses for this system will be gaming and an all around home PC. Here is everything I'm looking at right now.

HAF 912 black case (already bought, this is the only thing that can't be changed)

Intel Core i5 2500k CPU

Corsair H50 CPU cooler

Asus P8P67 LE B3 Mobo

Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) RAM

Radeon HD 6950 2GB (Whats a good brand for this card?)

Corsair TX750 V2 (Is that enough power, or way overkill?)

Corsair Nova SSD 32GB (Just for the OS)

WD Caviar Blue 500GB (For everything else)

Is there anything major that I'm missing? Is there anything that won't be compatible?

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    Are you planning on overclocking? I see the 2500k and aftermarket cooler. The P8P67 LE disables some options because it's "limited edition."

    If you do end up bumping the board up to something that's CFX or SLI capable (preferably at x8x8 or x16x16), 750W would be nice to have for some upgrade ability. It would also allow you to run those powerhouse Dual GPUs that may come out in the future.

    I have the Corsair 750TX V2 and it's great. My voltages are almost perfect 12.00V on the 12V rail, 5.00V on the 5V rail and 3.33V on the 3.3V rail.

    Also, 32gb is really small for a boot drive, so think about if you really want it. Personally I'd save up and wait for some ~128GB SSDs to drop down in price. You'll want the games on the SSD for much better loading times in game (especially MMOs).

    I'd also replace the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500Gb. I also have 1 and it's great.

    Personally, I would go for either an XFX or Asus graphics card. The XFX Double Lifetime Warranty (make sure you register!) is outstanding, considering you can sell it and transfer the warranty (always makes the buyer feel safer). It's a little more expensive but I think it's worth it.
    Can be had for $259.99 after rebate!

    Everything else looks good :)

    Edit: Forgot about the optical drive!
    And Windows 7, if you don't already have it
  2. I think to save money I mine as well just get rid of the SSD, and use the HDD as my boot drive for awhile. (Once I get enough money for a larger SSD, is it pretty easy to move/ reinstall Windows 7 on the SSD?) Also, I think I'll go for a better Asus board. Maybe a normal P8P67 mobo, since I don't need the bluetooth addition that the higher versions include. I think in the near future I will be overclocking.
  3. I'm not personally a fan of the Corsair H50 cooler. It's a cheap attempt at water cooling which is matched or surpassed by many air cooling options at a lower price point. Honestly, if you're looking to spend $70 on a heatsink, just get a Silver Arrow. It will cool much better than an H50.

    Cheapest here:

    If you're looking cheaper (might save you some room in your budget for a larger SSD), here are some really great suggestions which will do still do impressive overclock work on a Sandy Bridge:

    $60 -

    $40 -
  4. Check out my build guide in my siggy for 1K. It should give you a BIT more performance. (mobo-wise, psu-wise, and more memory, as well as HDD)
  5. you may also want to see if you can get your hands on the asrock extreme 4 is getting great reviews and has a ton of options...price is good to heres a link...they are just kind of hard to find in stock right now.
  6. There is 8GB of RAM on sale right now at Newegg for $75 (DDR-1600 CAS-9), which might me money well spent. (I just bought them for my 2500k build.)

    Also, I would be inclined to go with a Hyper 212+ or a Scyth Mugen Rev. 2 for the cooler, to save 30-40$.

    A good HDD for a budget is the Spinpoint F3 7200, running about $65 for the 1TB.

    And that motherboard isn't really the way you want to go if you're going to overclock. The P8P67 regular would probably be a good choice, but if you can, the P8P67-M Pro for 5$ more than the LE.
  7. Asrock is really looking like a good brand, since I had never heard of them, I guess I just passed them over to look for Asus or Gigabyte boards. Thanks for pointing them out! For the CPU cooler, I'm thinking about the Hyper 212+. I have heard so many good things about it from so many different sources. Also, 4GB of RAM is all I need at the moment, I'll be upgrading in the future. Finally, a 500GB HDD is more than enough for me, I already have a 2TB external.

    Thank you everyone for responding!
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