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

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: newegg.com


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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    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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product

    PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035&cm_re=antec_earthwatts-_-17-371-035-_-Product

    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)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130570

    HDD: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache $60
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0QYYHDEDH9B3RDFZQG16&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

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

    http://www.indiev.org/?p=308

    http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5.htm

    Hope that helps!
  2. 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. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148357
  3. 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.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725&cm_re=agility_3-_-20-227-725-_-Product It's much faster, albeit out of stock. By the way, out of stock=popular=good buy. I would checkk amazon.
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