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May 16, 2011 9:14:36 AM

Hello members, this is my first post here, I hope I'd get some comments.
My future build (I tried to make it as cheap as possible):
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
RAM: 2x2GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770
PSU: Digital (R) 500W PSU
Chassis: Antec 902

So I bought nearly all of the parts except the MOBO and the Chassis. I want an absolutely cheap p67 motherboard, the antec 902 also seems a good choice but, anything cheaper?
Oh BTW, I'm a student so I ain't got that money, that's why I'm on a freaking budget...

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May 16, 2011 9:42:11 AM

^ From where are you buying the parts ? Also which PSU is that ? Manufacturer ?
CASE options -
HAF 912, Antec 300, Antec 300 Illusion, CM 690 series, NZXT Tempest EVO would also be a very good option...

Mobo - Will you be using more than 1 graphics card ? Crossfire ?
A good option -
With the new chipset - Z68
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 16, 2011 11:02:22 AM

gkay09 said:
^ From where are you buying the parts ? Also which PSU is that ? Manufacturer ?
CASE options -
HAF 912, Antec 300, Antec 300 Illusion, CM 690 series, NZXT Tempest EVO would also be a very good option...

Mobo - Will you be using more than 1 graphics card ? Crossfire ?
A good option -
With the new chipset - Z68
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Newegg ofcourse.
The brand name of the PSU is simply - Digital. It is a very good PSU trust me, I had it with my old system, and it is excellent.
Nah I'm not thinking of crossfire, maybe later.
Isn't the p67 chipset the only OCer of the i5 2500k?
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May 16, 2011 3:38:32 PM

gkay09 said:
^ About the Z68 chipset
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-z68-express-s...

And did you buy the graphic card as well ?? You could have pushed for the 6850,...

Yes, I did buy the GPU. The 6850 is an ouch on my budget! I already wanted a HIS 5670, but I really pushed for the 5770.
The H Chipset is the low-end budget chipset right? Gonna search now.
May 18, 2011 1:40:47 PM

gkay09 said:
^ You should go cheaper on the case, and should have invested in a better graphic card,...
NZXT Gamma Classic - Its a no-frills case and with some additional fans, would performed as good as costlier ones,...
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
So with the extra money, you could have got the 6850 easy,...

Mobo -
This looks good, good features for the price...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You're a life saver.
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 is the choice. So far now this is the system:
Intel Core i5 2500k @4GHz
Corsair 4GB (2x2) Dual DDR3
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5770
Antec 902
570GB WD (320 Blue caviar + 250GB)
Digital 500W PSU
Thanks for alll of your help.
May 18, 2011 2:22:27 PM

gkay09 suggested a cheaper case, imo I advise the same
if you're bent on newegg, get this case instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and use the extra $80 to upgrade the 5770 to the 6870 (NE has 7 models </= $200 many with rebates that push it in the $160-170 range) or a 560 (sans ti, 3 models on NE)
what about the optical drive? cannibalizing your old system?
May 18, 2011 5:07:05 PM

Au_equus said:
gkay09 suggested a cheaper case, imo I advise the same
if you're bent on newegg, get this case instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and use the extra $80 to upgrade the 5770 to the 6870 (NE has 7 models </= $200 many with rebates that push it in the $160-170 range) or a 560 (sans ti, 3 models on NE)
what about the optical drive? cannibalizing your old system?

Not really, I'm not that severe gamer, the 5770 is just fine with me, and besides, I bought it brand new. The case you suggested is a brilliant one, and you just gave me a brilliant idea. I'm gonna get either it or the GAMMA, and save for a blueray drive.
May 18, 2011 7:14:03 PM

awesome idea. had the 5770 for 18mo. great card. happy gaming :)  !
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