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Need help with mobo, GPU, and PSU for I5 2500K

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June 9, 2011 1:31:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: 400-500 before rebates, but will consider a little higher

System Usage from Most to Least Important: streaming HD movies, Adobe CS5 (mainly photoshop), web development, surfing the internet, light gaming

Parts Not Required: Processor (I5 2500K), RAM (4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1600), Case (Antec 300 Illusion), CD/DVD drive, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: open to suggestions

Overclocking: Maybe, but not for a while

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (32 in HDTV)

Additional Comments:

I recently bought these during a newegg sale:

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I'm looking for some help picking out a motherboard, graphics card, hard drive, and power supply.

I've been looking at the ASRock P67 EXTREME4, but I'm not really sure what I need.

Also, I'd like to get a graphics card that has HDMI output. Thanks for reading.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 9, 2011 2:58:38 AM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.

First off, thanks for filling in the form. Saved me the trouble of asking you to :p 

Here's my list of suggestions:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $130

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $60

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $170 ($129 with rebate)

HDD: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache $60

And then here's how to unlock the advanced Mercury Playback features in CS5:

Hope that helps!
June 9, 2011 4:32:52 AM

Thanks so much for your suggestions. The motherboard and power supply look great. I noticed the graphics card has mini-HDMI, do you know if there is any difference from HDMI? (besides size of course)

Also, what's your opinion on getting a smallish SSD for the OS/program files, and using my existing 1.5TB external for storage? I've been looking at this 64GB Crucial drive.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 9, 2011 5:01:48 AM

Yeah my bad on the mini HDMI. I don't think there is any difference, and the GPU comes with an adapter I think.

As for the SSD, I think it's a great idea if you have the money. that's an OK ssd, but I would prefer a faster one. It's much faster, albeit out of stock. By the way, out of stock=popular=good buy. I would checkk amazon.
June 19, 2011 2:47:12 AM

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