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Help on my i5-2500k rig..pls comment

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April 5, 2011 6:00:55 PM

case- Cooler Master Haf 932

i5-2500k 3.3ghz

MOBO- ASUS P8P67-M PRO LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2200 Micro ATX Motherboard

HIS RADEON 6850

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

1tb Samsung spinpoint

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

LG 24x dual layer

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI

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April 5, 2011 6:08:30 PM

looks good brother...what you wanting to run w/ that 6850?...what's ur monitor?...what's ur budget?...got questions upon questions...give more details on what you need and what ur wanting to do man
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April 5, 2011 6:09:02 PM

Looks good to me so far....but more info from you is needed. What is this to be used for? What's your budget? There is a sticky on this forum for a good format for asking for help.
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April 5, 2011 6:10:07 PM

darkside_gamer7 said:
looks good brother...what you wanting to run w/ that 6850?...what's ur monitor?...what's ur budget?...got questions upon questions...give more details on what you need and what ur wanting to do man


Lol. Great minds think alike. Posted 30 seconds apart.
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April 5, 2011 6:13:12 PM

well for games.. budget is around $950 i guess then for monitor well cuz i hav a vizio 22in led 1080p so thats what ill use..but then so far is this sufficient to run games at max settings..tried to add up everything and its around $900
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April 5, 2011 6:15:37 PM

looks good man...just make sure this is set for the future and always make sure the compatibility is right...do ur research and good luck...but it looks good
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April 5, 2011 6:16:46 PM

thx man appreciate it..
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April 5, 2011 6:48:31 PM

that hyper 212+ is a pain in the a$$ to install, but works great. search youtube for a video guide. don't get me wrong, your build looks good, but any reason in particular for the mATX board? are you planning on adding another video card in the future? if so, the spacing on that board is not ideal, but the airflow in that haf 932 should help a bit. i have a haf 912 and the 2 megaflow fans and a 120mm side fan keeps everything cool for me (2500k, hd 6950).

happy building!
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April 5, 2011 7:01:24 PM

Looks good. Looks almost exactly my soon-to-be-built build I ordered without the graphics card. Just remember to flash your GPU to a 6970 and OC that Core i5 :) 
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April 5, 2011 7:02:35 PM

I had no problem installing the hyper 212+ for my i5 2500k build. I had the ASRock Extreme4 motherboard though.
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April 5, 2011 7:27:36 PM

reprotected said:
Looks good. Looks almost exactly my soon-to-be-built build I ordered without the graphics card. Just remember to flash your GPU to a 6970 and OC that Core i5 :) 


I will when the need arises!!

On a side note, I've read that overclocks on a 6950 are more stable with a 6950 BIOS that unlocks all the shaders.... Regardless, it's nice to know that there's a "noob" switch. Hehe.
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April 5, 2011 7:29:50 PM

chmcke01 said:
I had no problem installing the hyper 212+ for my i5 2500k build. I had the ASRock Extreme4 motherboard though.


Guess I'll chock my problems with it up to first-build woes. Lol
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April 5, 2011 7:44:14 PM

sorry noobie here hehe..so how do you flash the GPU for exampe the radeon 6850..plus while i was doin my research abt the ripjaw 2x4 8gb ram some were saying it wouldnt fit on the motherboard or something..anyone knows abt that?..the only reason im gettin there ram is bec it has $25 off on it
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April 5, 2011 8:20:37 PM

DDR3 ram will physically fit any board that has DDR3 ram slots. The problem arises when you add an aftermarket CPU cooler and have ram with tall heatspreaders (G.skill Ripjaws, Corsair Vengeance). Here are a few quality sets that avoid that problem. Keep in mind that Intel suggests low voltage (1.65v max) ram. 1.5v would be better.

Corsair XMS 8GB DDR3 1600 CL9 1.65v $84 after MIR (I own these, they work great, but paid $100)

G.skill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v $100

Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600 CL9 1.65v $100

Also, keep in mind any combo discounts available through Newegg. For example, I ordered an MSI P67A-C43 motherboard for my dad that had a $15 savings with 8GB of Mushkin Silverline RAM.



As for flashing a GPU, we are referring to the hd 6950. It is somewhat risky and will void the warranty. However, the 6950 has 2 bios, with a switch to change. So, if a flash goes bad, there is a built in backup.
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April 6, 2011 9:16:14 AM

i have a question about the mobo..whats the difference bet asus p8p67 m and p8p67 m pro cuz when i read abt it its pretty much m supports crossfire and m pro supports both sli and xfire..so if thats wat it is and im planning to buy a radeon 6850..am i better off w/ the p8p67 m?..plus its cheaper by $30 or something
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April 6, 2011 2:06:11 PM

kenq86 said:
i have a question about the mobo..whats the difference bet asus p8p67 m and p8p67 m pro cuz when i read abt it its pretty much m supports crossfire and m pro supports both sli and xfire..so if thats wat it is and im planning to buy a radeon 6850..am i better off w/ the p8p67 m?..plus its cheaper by $30 or something



The prices on Newegg this morning are as follows...

ASUS P8P67-M $129.99 + 7.56 shipping

ASUS P8P67-M PRO $149.99 +7.56 shipping

There are a couple notable differences.

While the -M says it supports quad crossfire, the 2nd PCI-e x16 slot is actually limited to x4 if the first one is populated. The -M PRO, however, sets both slots to x8/x8 if both are populated. With one card, the first slot is x16. What does this mean? Well on older LGA 775 boards, using two cards in the x16/x4 configuration actually hurt performance. Unfortunately, I cannot find that article...I read it on this site. I would assume newer chipsets have fixed this, but I don't know for sure.

And yes, the PRO board also has SLI support, which shouldn't matter for you. It seems your mind is made up on the HD 6850 card.

Another difference is the -M PRO model has more SATA 6.0Gb/s ports and different (Realtek...better?) audio.

So, for $20 you will get true Crossfire support, 1 more (3 total) SATA 6.Gb/s port, and better audio.

If I may put my two cents in, I would suggest the ASUS P8P67 Pro motherboard ($189.99 + 7.87 shipping). This is a full-size ATX board with better spacing for Crossfire (the PCI-E slots are 3 slots apart, the -M models are 2). Yes it is a bit more expensive, but offers more upgradeability (is that a word? lol) ability to upgrade/expand. If you were going with a small, portable case, the mATX (-M) would be the way to go, but the HAF 932 is a full-size tower.

If you are not ever going to add a 2nd 6850, then disregard that last paragraph. It just seems like a waste to me to have that great case with great airflow and cooling and then have two GPUs smashed together with no room to breathe in between.
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