I5 2500k build, need tips!

Hey everyone alright till now ive got these on the list;


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz


ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory – RAM:

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

Graphics card:


Hard drive:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"


OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


Thermaltake Armor A60

CPU Cooler:

Cooler Master Hyper 212 pluse

Okay well now the thing is, i wanted the antec 300 but it was out of stock so i think the armor a60 is good enough, ill probably add a few 120mm fans in the future.

now this is basically a gaming pc, but i dont want to crossfire or dual graphics cards or w/e

i do want to overclock the i5 but im not sure till what, what is decent for gaming?

i pretty much want to run everything at 1920x1080 resolution (already have a screen)

but since i have no experience regarding overclocking/ssd's at all if someone could help me out with that as well.

now am i missing anything? is there anything i shouldnt get or something i should add? all the tips would help me a lot guys ...
Thanks in advance,
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  1. Just a quick note to make sure you have a 64 bit OS if you're going with 8 gigs of ram, otherwise a bit more than half is wasted.

    I'm not the expert like a lot of people here are, but that looks like a nice build to me. Very nice. You should take a look at the benchmarks on the i5 2500k, you honestly probably dont need to overclock. It's just fine (way more than fine) for gaming completely stock.
  2. I echo the Vlad's comments. i5 2500k is best for gaming. I would be wary of the OCZ SSD's lots of issues. go with Mushkin 120, Corsair Force 115 or 120gb series or G.skill Sniper 120. better SSD.

    good choices otherwise
  3. I just built my PC and it has very similar parts. The only things I used differently were the PSU, GPU, SSD and Case, but even those are similar. For the PSU I went with the XFX XXX 650W since it was on sale for $65 AR (and still is on Newegg) which is ridiculous deal for that PSU. The case I went with was the Antec 300 like you mentioned you want. It has been great, and if you are willing to buy elsewhere, you may want to shop around for a place where it is in stock (amazon?). The SSD is the only thing I would recommend a change on rather than just giving you an alternative. I suggest going with something from the Corsair Force series as they perform better in almost all tests or waiting for the Vertex 3. I also mentioned I had a different GPU, but that was just an issue of me not wanting to play games on my system (it was built for video editing).
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    1) The antec 300 illusion model is in stock.
    It is a good deal, , it comes with the optional fans.

    2) When installing, set the sata mode as AHCI(not IDE or raid) to enable the trim support of windows. Install your ssd on one of the 6gb ports.

    3) Download and read both the motherboard and case manuals, cover to cover.

    4) The 2500K at stock is really all you need for good gaming, it is plenty fast.

    5) If you want a modest overclock, say 4.0, you should not have to do anything but increase the turbo multiplier to 40. Let the voltages adjust automatically.

    6) You have a good set of parts, ---enjoy---
  5. How large is your monitor? Anything over about 22" you should get the 2GB version of this card.
  6. EPbaseballer14 said:
    How large is your monitor? Anything over about 22" you should get the 2GB version of this card.

    Haha, I have a 23" =/
  7. I have the 2GB version, it's only about $30 more to double the memory.
  8. the 2gb version would be worth it, you could unlock it to the 6970
  9. megaswap said:
    Haha, I have a 23" =/

    The size of the monitor is immaterial, it is the number of pixels that the video card has to manage that counts.
    A 23" monitor may be 1080P(1920 x 1080) or somewhat less. If the monitor was a 55" unit, it would still be 1080P and use the same video card.

    More than 1gb ram on a video card is mostly marketing when used with a 1080P monitor, 2gb may be of value on a 2560 x 1600 monitor.

    I like the card you picked, XFX is a good supplier. I also like the direct exhaust stock cooler. Don't sweat minor differences.
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