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<$2000 i5-2500k Gaming/upgrade Rig, Please Review!

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April 12, 2011 6:35:40 AM

Purchase date - Within the month

Budget Range - As close to $1900 with rebates

System use - Gaming, 1080p movies, streaming, school work

Parts not needed - Keyboard, mouse, speakers, Mic, Storage drives ( 1TB WD black, and 2TB WD Green)

Preferred Website - Newegg, Amazon, Mwave

Overclocking - Yes

SLI / Crossfire - Yes, but probably within the year

Monitor Resolution - 1920x1080

Case Corsair 650D$209

Power Corsair AX850$183
Power Corsair 850HX$145

CPU: i5-2500K$225

CPU Cooler H60$74

Boot Drive Crucial 64GB SSD III$135

OS Windows 7 64Bit$99

Monitor Asus VE278Q 27" LED$369

Memory Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB$99

Motherboard Asus P8P67 PRO$189

Graphics EVGA GTX570 (Fermi 1280MB)$369

Total $1951

I don’t upgrade my system very often so I want to make sure it is going to last for several years. (I’m almost ashamed to say I’m still rocking my 2.4 Core Duo and my GeForce 7950Gx2) :sweat:  This is really my ending budget before rebates and in a few cases finding better deals elsewhere, but have bought most everything from Newegg in the past.

I would be looking at getting a 2nd video card within a year, so I need to make sure this setup would easily allow for that to happen as well. I thought about the XFX 6950 2 GB as well…but I def want to run with the big boys with SLI/Crossfire soon.

I’m your typical gamer/movie watching/surfing (and sometimes collage paper writing student) I want to play all the great titles that are out currently. My brother has the Asus 27” listed above and while I am a little skeptical about the larger pixels, the 1080p movies and other things I do would look amazing.

The power supply is one of the big questions, should I save the $40 bucks? I liked the idea of fully modular, but to my knowledge the only cables that would be fixed I would be using anyway from the 850HX.

So any help/advice would be great, I have been working on this build since before the recall! I’m a little OCD so I care about appearances and like things to match when possible…But I have been reading THW for a while and have been very impressed with the level of knowledge and respect here! :sol: 
April 12, 2011 6:54:38 AM

I have the 850HX, its great and yes you use the 8pin/20pin 2pcie anyway although they are fairly stiff and bulky wires which makes it a pain to make your case wiring look pretty.

If you want to spend 200 bucks on a case that's fine but you can get a great case for around 60 like

40 less from psu and 140 less from case allows you to grab a gtx 580 instead /evilgrin
April 12, 2011 2:43:45 PM

I don't think a GTX570/580 will even fit in Antec 300, but that's another discussion.

If you plan SLI, you definitely need the 850w.

I've had modular and non modular psu's, your still going to have the same amount of wires because you just tuck away the ones your not using on the non modular. Modular isnt really as great as you think it is.
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April 13, 2011 2:13:30 PM

genghiskron said:
heres how the editor's would spend $1900 (if they already had an hdd)

and the gtx 580 is 10.5 inches long. the 6970 is 11". the gtx 580 will fit in the antec 300.

My HD5850 is 9.5 inches. I just opened my Antec 300 and it looks like it's possible, you MIGHT be able to git a 10.5 inch card but it would be very tight.