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Final Days help me decide! i5-2500/k

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May 26, 2011 6:57:45 PM

I have the money and I'm planning on purchasing this weekend. Of course I have a few questions/concerns I would like some help on. I don't want to short myself on any parts but I also dont want to buy anything more than I will actually need. I'm not a huge gamer therefore I dont need to play at MAX settings. Other than that the computer will be used for the usual things with the the occasional video encoding to mp-4.

CPU: i5-2500k I would like the ability to OC but its not something I'm dying to do, or needing the extra power. So....would the 2500 be the better choice? It would save me a few dollars between these two and no need for a CPU cooler and the chance of a less expensive Mobo. MOBO: ASRock Z68 Again this is subject to change with the above recommendations. I will NOT sli/cfx.

RAM: 4GB G-Skill 1600 I'm happy with these as long as they work with the components.

GPU:MSI GTX 560ti Again happy here.

CASE:Antec 300 Illusion Only concerns here are obviously space and clearence on the GPU and CPU cooler.

COOLER: Hyper 212+ If needed

MONITOR: ASUS 23"

PSU:Corsair 650w. I'm concerned this may not be enough to continually have enough power, should I be looking at 750w? Also I want a modular or semi psu.

HDD: Spinpoint 1tb

DVD: Asus DVD/CD drive

I apologize about not having links but I cannot get to the Newegg/amazon while at work. (which are the two locations I will order from)

Last thing is how to go about get the combo deals on Newegg. I have never been able to match up any components, they always apply to things I dont need. Thanks for taking the time to look!

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May 26, 2011 7:02:37 PM

if you dont want to overclock then save yourself the cash and buy the i5 2400, , memory is fine but i suggest this 8GB of GSkill Ripjaws CAS7 for $65 with promo EMCKEHF32 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
that 650 is enough power as long as you dont plan on adding a secong graphics card and everything else looks fine
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May 26, 2011 7:18:02 PM

The antec illusion is clevely designed to be just big enough to fit pretty much any graphics card and cpu cooler. in the link below you can see it barely fitting dual 6950's (larger than a gtx 560ti) and a massive scythe mugen cpu cooler, with clearance for a side panel fan.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-sandy-bridge-...

for combo deals, add a component to your cart and the next page will show a list of combo deals. the i5-2500k combos with almost 100 different items including 20 or so mobos, which includes an inexpensive asrock z68 pro3:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
If you are uncertain about overclocking, its probably best to go the i5-2500k + p67/z68 route. if you decide that you will not overclock, you could switch to an i5-2400+h61 mobo and save roughly $60. i would skip the cpu cooler for now, and add it when you feel like overclocking. for a single psu, a corsair 650w is more than enough. A good 500w psu would do the trick.
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May 26, 2011 7:50:42 PM

MoBo - I wouldn't get a MoBo that doesn't offer a standard 3 year warranty...Asrock's 1 year warranty on the Z68 to me just screams "I have no confidence in my product".

CPU - 2500k unless budget killing you.

ASRock Z68 - I wouldn't buy a MoBo that didn't offer a standard 3 year warranty .... 1 year screams "I have no confidence in my product".

RAM - cheapest CAS9 9 DDR3-1600 you can find. Here's 8 GB for $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - The factory OC's 900MHz versions are oft cheaper and of course faster.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - With the Scythe beating the 212 by7C (benchmarkreviews.com) and being roughly the same price, I'd grab the scythe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - One GFX card --- you only need 500-550 watts but there's no proce advantage below 650 so I wouldn't go smaller. A 750 watter will handle twin 560's

$100 - XFX Core Edition 750
$90 - Antec EA-650
$100 - Corsair TX750 V2
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May 26, 2011 8:06:52 PM

Thanks for the quick responses! Thanks for the help on Newegg combos, that clears things up for me. Also that memory is a screaming deal that I won't pass up. Jack, which Mobo would you recommend then, sticking with the i5-2500k? Also I saw that the xfx 750 was discontinued on Newegg, or was there a newer model released? Originally that had been my PSU but then it was no longer offered. Thanks again, keep the suggestions coming.
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May 27, 2011 3:20:59 PM

Ok I'm down the last two components I'm just not sure about.

Here are the PSU I have been considering: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have been reading about the whining noise that comes from the XFX, anyone have any experience with this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The price is what attracted me to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The rating seems great but the price is a little higher. I dont want to cheap out on the PSU though, I know what that can lead to.

Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This seems to meet all my needs at a decent price. As jack mentioned the warranty is limited.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This seems like a nice mobo, I'm just concerned that it has too many extras that I dont require. I'm looking for something in the middle.

Thanks for looking, I hope to purchase tomorrow!
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May 29, 2011 9:57:40 PM

Alright! This is my final check before pulling the trigger. Any last suggestions or spotting any problems would be terrific!

APEVIA 2" Case speaker cable for computer cases that connects to the motherboard Model CVTCSPK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock P67 PRO3 SE LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




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May 29, 2011 10:25:43 PM

if you are set on the hyper 212+ over the scythe mugen (aka scmg-2100), at least buy it on amazon for $10 less. might as well get the spinpoint there as well.

on the mobo front, i think you can do better than the asrock for the price. while i dont necessarily agree that asrock is always a bad choice because of the short warranty (the extreme4 is a great value), it seems a poor choice in this case when there are so many 3 year warrantied boards with more features that can be had for the same price or less (including shipping and considering the fact that a combo is not available for the p67 pro3):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
my top two choice might be the z68 ud3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

if youre not convinced you could instead get EITHER 8gb of the same ram for only $18 bucks more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

or the scythe mugen for $32:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Anyways, looks like a great build and good luck.
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May 30, 2011 2:09:23 AM

Thanks genghis. The mobo has been my weakest point so I appreciate all the information you gave. The problem had been that most of the recommended motherboards had the option of SLI/CFx which I have no need for. I think after looking over all of those combos I'm going to go with the MSI P67. The price is perfect and the 3 year warranty is a big plus. I'm giving you the best answer, but I appreciate all of the other comments that got me to this point. Thanks everyone! Hopefully everything will go well and I won't be back asking more noobish questions :p .
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May 30, 2011 2:09:59 AM

Best answer selected by sr14.
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June 15, 2011 11:05:13 AM

hey genghis...
help me sorting this out i wanna built a speedy & gaming PC...resolution 1920*1080 having graphic card AMD hd 6950 but can't decide d mother board & processor ....thinking for i5 2500k & p67 motherboard ...can u help with full recommendation...pl z
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