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Budget Video/3D Workstation + Gaming Rig i5 2500K | First Build Review

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April 4, 2011 4:58:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: April 3- April 15

Budget Range: Approximately 600 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe CS5, Cinema 4D, Gaming (BFBC2/MW2/BF3), Browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse, Monitor, OS. GPU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: DirectCanada & Memory Express

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Trustworthy brands

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Unsure Yet

Additional Comments: Buying as much as I can at Memory Express as I will be going there soon, case and PSU are unreasonably priced there though so I'm ordering a few parts from Direct Canada.
I am going to run on Intel HD3000 integrated graphics till I can afford good GPU, as well wanted 4 memory slots for potential RAM upgrades.
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Case:
Antec One Hundred
$55 @ Direct Canada
Would the Antec 300 or Zalman Z9 be recommended over the Antec 100?

PSU:
OCZ StealthXStream 2 600W
$60 @ Direct Canada

Motherboard:
Asus P8H67-M Pro CSM (B3)
$125 @ Memory Express

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
$220 @ Memory Express

RAM:
Best Brand Available 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$50 @ Memory Express

GPU:
Intel HD3000 ( Will upgrade later )

HDD:
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III w/ 32MB Cache
$60 @ Memory Express
Cheaper than the Sata2 version @ $70 but I don't know why.

DVD:
Best Option Available
$20 @ Memory Express

TOTAL: $590
April 4, 2011 7:42:04 AM

I know this answer isn't much but it looks good but you sure you can survive with HD3000 until you upgrade? Because that means no games, :) .
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April 4, 2011 4:41:24 PM

You cannot use the integrated cpu graphics with a P67. You need a H67 or H61. Of course you can't overclock with H67 or H61 which negates the point of the K series cpu.

Also, for video work, you surely want the i7-2600K.

Looks like you'll be getting a video card afterall.
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April 4, 2011 9:49:17 PM

The board in my post is H67 -_- . and I can play games on low with HD3000 and uggrade later.. and I chose the K series because it's priced the same as the non-K version. i7 2600K isn't near the value of an i5 2500K either as a 1st gen i7 performs equivalent to an i5 2500K and you'll only have miniscule benefits like hyperthreading.
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April 4, 2011 10:32:46 PM

My bad. I swear it said p67.

HT is huge when doing video work.
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April 4, 2011 11:06:51 PM

I know HT would be significant but I can't justify HT alone to be worth another hundred dollars, and I'm on a very tight budget. IF I had endless amounts of money, I'd go for it. xD
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April 5, 2011 12:51:38 AM

Cool, I hear ya.
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