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New i5-2500K build, Win7 + Linux, advice?

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June 28, 2011 6:13:41 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next couple weeks
Budget Range: ~ $800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Civ5 (and other less demanding games), video transcoding, datamining, general web/productivity/etc.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: i5-2500K, mid-tower case
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux, no need for bling


I'm pretty settled on getting the i5-2500K. Open on Mobo/RAM/Graphics. Thoughts?

Current Parts List:

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...

ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1600-X8

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

XFX HD-557X-ZNFR Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


June 28, 2011 6:57:15 AM

Civilization 5 is not a very demanding game . Based on that here's a build (with OS):

CPU : $220-i5-2500K(Same)

Motherboard : $130- Gigabyte GA Z68A (Cheap and support SLI/Crossfire at 8X/8X)

Power Supply : $45- Antec EarthWatts 430D (Decent for supporting a 6850)

Case : $35-NZXT Classic Gamma Series ( Don't know whether you would like like it)

RAM : $42- Mushkin Enhanced BlackLine(2X 2GB at 1.5 volts)

HDD : $60-Seagate Barracuda 1TB or Samsung Spinpoint 1TB from Amazon(this is faster).

Optical Drive: $19- LiteOn

Graphic Card : $160- HIS Radeon 6850

OS : $100-Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit

Total : 812 USD

The cooler has been excluded becaue it went overbudget. However if you want $30 cooler Xigmatek Gaia or Cooler Master Hyper 212 from Amazon


June 30, 2011 10:34:25 PM

Like the advice on the cooler.

My point on Civ5 was that I don't play especially graphically demanding games (at least on PC). So my question is why would I spend $160 on a GPU I don't really need? I'd rather spend the money on the cooler overclocking my unlocked CPU.
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