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July 4, 2011 1:19:37 AM

So I've been planning a new gaming rig for a few weeks and put together what I think is a decent setup. I was planning an Intel build around the i5 2500k chipset. I mapped the system out based on a lot of research in this site, so thank you for all the very helpful information everyone posts here every day. This will be my first build so I wanted to run what I came up with by my more experienced and learned board members.

I took a little trip to Micro Center today and thanks to a great processor/mobo deal they had going, I took the plunge. Armed with my IPad and their wireless network, I was able to negotiate price matches with Newegg. Here's the build, please let me know what you think may be any weak links.


Intel i5-2500k/ASUS P867 Pro - combo deal at Micro Center $329.98 ($40 off regular prices)

Gigabyte HD6870 - $199.99 (price matched with Newegg from $234.99 - $179.99 after $20 rebate)

Corsair 650W ATX - $92.99 (regular price at MC is $134.99 came down to $92.99 after Newegg was listed at $89.99, claimed it was cost)

WD 1TB Caviar Black - $79.99

Crucial Ballistix 2x2GB 1333 - $44.99 (wanted G.Skill here but settled for this since they didn't carry G.Skill)

LG 10x BD Burner BH10 - $99.99

Cooler Master Storm Scout - $84.99 ($74.99 after $10 rebate)

$932.93-$30 rebate = $902.93

I don't have any real concerns with this build other than I preferred to get the HIS 6870, but Micro Center was out of the GPU. The Gigabyte might be a bit long for the Storm Scout, but I haven't confirmed that yet.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Nothing has been opened yet, so I can always return and replace parts.


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a b 4 Gaming
July 4, 2011 1:27:56 AM

Looks nice and everything should fit fine. However, if this is a pure gaming build, you might be able to do better with a Phenom II X4 955 and a 6950 1GB.

But if youre sold on the 2500K, nice system you have there.
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July 4, 2011 1:58:50 AM

Timop - Thanks for the feedback. I did consider an AMD build based on the X4 955 chip, but based on an article that did a head-to-head comparison, I decided on the i5-2400k even though the cost was higher.

Why_Me - Are you recommending those two components over what I have (HD, PS and GPU)? If so, why?
October 25, 2011 7:16:15 PM

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