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I5-2500K - Do these parts work for $1200 system?

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April 19, 2011 2:48:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (this week)
Budget Range: (e.g.: $900-$1500) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (must be a stable office computer, then gaming)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: no preference
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: not sure. Will probably be buying 24-27” monitor in next 6 months.

Additional Comments: (I need it to be stable. This is a “work” computer that will be used for gaming as well. I will be running XP or Windows 7. I’d appreciate it if someone could double-check my memory choice. I think these will work (from the threads I’ve been reading), but want to make sure. This is my first home-build, so I’m a bit nervous that I’m forgetting something. Thank you for any help or advice.)

I'm missing an optical drive and a 1TB secondary drive - any simple suggestions here?

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Boot Drive:
Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
Sapphire 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCIe, mini-Display Port, HDMI, Dual DVI
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 19, 2011 3:32:37 PM
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All good bits! HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
On the optical drive the question is what do you want, Blue ray http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 19, 2011 3:57:36 PM

Yes, blue ray seems a given in today's world.
I don't particularly care about the fancy light scribe support (I don't see myself paying extra
money for fancy discs), but it doesn't hurt.

Thank you for the feedback. That Samsung Spinpoint F3 get's a lot of good feedback. I'll add that
to the order.


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April 19, 2011 4:07:07 PM

Looks like a great build. Between the Intel® Core™ I5 2500K, the Asus P8P67 board, and the Intel SSD 320 120GB drive you are going to have some outstanding performance. I really can’t see anything that would lead me to be concerned with your build.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
April 19, 2011 4:56:50 PM

To me, a blu-ray drive is a waste of money unless you are ripping them. It's much more comfy to sit in a recliner and watch a movie than sitting in front of my computer. Blu-ray media is expensive. If you are looking to future-proof, fine. But a drive can be added very easily later, and prices will go down. I say just find a $20 DVD Burner with free shipping for now. Just my $.02.

You do have a very nice build going on there. Just note that you will only be able to use 3GB of memory under a 32-bit OS (XP).
April 19, 2011 5:04:45 PM

nd_hunter said:
To me, a blu-ray drive is a waste of money unless you are ripping them. It's much more comfy to sit in a recliner and watch a movie than sitting in front of my computer. Blu-ray media is expensive. If you are looking to future-proof, fine. But a drive can be added very easily later, and prices will go down. I say just find a $20 DVD Burner with free shipping for now. Just my $.02.

You do have a very nice build going on there. Just note that you will only be able to use 3GB of memory under a 32-bit OS (XP).


Yes, I never watch movies in front of the computer either. The only reason for blue-ray would be to rip movies for streaming to my TV. With kids, it VERY handy to have all the movies in a directory instead of having them handle these delicate bits of plastic that I don't want scratched ;) 
Yep, the 8 GB is for the move to Windows 7 64bit. I just don't know if I'll take that leap right now or not.

April 19, 2011 5:22:52 PM

You stated on the form no over clocking and no dual vid card set up, yet you have a 2500K and a $190 Asus Pro ? What am I missing here ?

Any 1155 H67/H61 board paired up with 2500 and a XFX 550w psu will do for this build.
April 19, 2011 5:49:08 PM

tj_124 said:
With kids, it VERY handy to have all the movies in a directory instead of having them handle these delicate bits of plastic that I don't want scratched ;) 


Understood.
April 19, 2011 5:57:53 PM

Why_Me said:
You stated on the form no over clocking and no dual vid card set up, yet you have a 2500K and a $190 Asus Pro ? What am I missing here ?

Any 1155 H67/H61 board paired up with 2500 and a XFX 550w psu will do for this build.



My plan is to overclock "some" - but I'm not going crazy here. The only thing I don't want to do is to get 2 GPUs. I got the 2500K chip and the P67 chipset because, frankly, it leaves a door open for the future. I'll be able to push it 10% with no problem and more if I feel like changing the cooler on the CPU.

I end up upgrading my rigs a lot to keep them "usable" for as long as possible. My current machine is from 2004!! - needless to say, it's long in the tooth by now.

Thank you for all these questions and advice. It gives me a lot more confidence that I haven't missed something when I have other people critique and question my choices.

April 19, 2011 6:56:20 PM

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