I5 2500k gaming computer build

Hello every body I'm new to the forums and to building computers. I've done a lot of research on my own and came up with my own list. My computer would be used for gaming.streaming videos and gaming, and normal use as well. Any input and thoughts are appreciated will also be needing windows os. Was also wondering if I need thermal grease for the cpu. Don't know if the cpu cooler comes with some. Well here is my own list of a gaming computer build.


Approximate Purchase Date:1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-1700Before

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,Streaming, and Normal use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, and tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Open to anything

Overclocking: Yes, would like to learn how!

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment but 1-2 weeks down the road.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: As I said before I'm open to discuss anything I have listed below for what I have come with.


[CPU] Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge

[MOBO] ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) I hear alot of things about people using different mobo I'm open to discuss about different boards.

[RAM] G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

[Cooler] Noctua NH-D14

[Case] COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced

[PSU] CORSAIR Professional Series HX850

[HDD] Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB

[Dvd reader]LG CD/DVD Burner 22X

Hope My list is pretty decent. I'm open to discuss anything on my list all thoughts welcome.
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  1. You can do much better for $1500.

    See if you like this.
  2. motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128478&cm_re=gigabyte_p67-_-13-128-478-_-Product

    the cpu cooler is cheaper at amazon

    so is the psu because of shipping (1$ :lol: )

    i dont like the HAF series because it suck in too much dust and the paint chips off here are some alternatives- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Steel-Computer-Window-RV02B-EW/dp/B004BDOGSO/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1308544229&sr=8-13 , http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-Computer/dp/B002M78KZG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1308544229&sr=8-4 , or the nzxt phantom at newegg

    hdd- samsung spinpoint f3 1tb at newegg: faster and cheaper

    dvd burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 free shipping
  3. also for the gpu 6950 cf is all that is needed for 1080p. gtx 560 ti's are also good choices these are for a great price- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004XUCCRM/ref=dp_olp_new_map?ie=UTF8&qid=1308545068&sr=1-13&condition=new
  4. Thanks alot for the help I will look into what you listed. I was going to go with the nzxt phantom at first because it looked amazing. another thing I asked early in my first post is do i need to buy thermal grease and if so what kind for the CPU? Does the CPU cooler come with thermal grease already? The $1500 looks good also I will look more into that later today. Thanks a lot and any more input on this build would be great.
  5. you dont need thermal paste the cpu cooler comes with some.
  6. Awesome thank you. I see the phantom doesn't come with the some extra fans like the 200/230 side fan and another top one. Do you need to use Nzxt fans or can you go with other brands. If so could you point me in the right direction to look at those.
  7. you can only use nzxt fans. that is the only downside
  8. mjmjpfaff said:
    you can only use nzxt fans. that is the only downside

    Yup. because their unique circular cutout. You should be able to get bundled offers when you buy the case. A 200mm side panel fan is recommended.
  9. Switch out that ram for


    It's faster and will save you around $30.
  10. silverclaw said:
    Switch out that ram for


    It's faster and will save you around $30.

    Awesome thanks for the info will do!
  11. thanks now i understand
  12. Thanks for all the help every one has given me.
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