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My First Core i5 Build - Any Help Please?

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May 31, 2011 9:32:38 AM

OK, To start off I really cant say one thing that this computer will be used for. Its going to be used for a number of task including gaming, so I want this machine to be able to play all the new games and also the usual like internet and office work. This is my first build ever so its probably guna need alot of improvements.

CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k (I will be overclocking)

MoBo - Asrock p67 PRO3 OR Asrock Z68 PRO3 (Cant really afford the ASUS P8P67 Pro and thought these are the second best option?)

Memory - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit (I dont know anything about memory, this was just a guess based on the cool looks of the heat spreaders :p )

Case - Zalman Z9 Plus

HDD - Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard Drive

PSU - Any Recommendations?

Graphics Card - Any Recommendations?

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May 31, 2011 9:39:53 AM

regarding memory:

(the tall RAM heat spreaders will sometimes interfere with your desired CPU heat sink/fan....

Regarding GPU: depending on budget, I'd shoot for a 6950(2gb) or GTX560Ti; if too expensive, the 6850 is next; if too expensive, the GTX460(1gb)
May 31, 2011 9:46:05 AM

YOur chosen MB is fine *if* you are sure you will *never* desire to run a pair of video cards in SLI or Crossfire; choose this option carefully, as the ability to increase framerates by 80% with a 2nd GPU is quite valuable for gaming...

With GTX460's down as low as $120-$130, I'd think this over carefully....
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May 31, 2011 9:53:02 AM

Im very doubt full that I would need SLI or Crossfire, but if I did could you recommend a MoBo?
May 31, 2011 5:13:04 PM

You mentioned overclocking but you didn't mention a cpu cooler. You need to select a good one to go with the overclocking.
May 31, 2011 11:57:24 PM

whats your budget for the gpu?