Need expert opinions

Approximate Purchase Date: July 15th

Budget Range: 700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse/headset or speakers/monitor/os

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or anywhere else with a better deal but i mostly trust newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Not really as long as its quality

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 i think will be using DVI with a 21.5inch acer backlit

Additional Comments:just want some opinions on my build to make sure everythings compatible and that im not missing somthing, not hardware just somthing better of an idea.

These 2 are combo'd together to save 15$
CPU: i5-2500k

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W

These 2 are combod to save 6.50$

Harddrive: Seagate baraccuda 1tb 7200rpm

Mobo: MIS P67A

Memor: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Videocard: HIS 6790
comes with a free game! woot woot

Case: Rosewill Challenger

Total after shipping : 697.40 and i have 30$ in MIR

K so my basic questions are...... Plz keep in mind that im a first time builder.

How well will i beable to cable manage in that case with my components?

Do i need to buy SATA cables or anything like that for the build to function?

Will that video card FIT in that case?

Is my PSU powerful enough for this build?

How much can i overclock my 2500k on stock hs/fan?

Is it hard to switch out a after-market HS/FAN on the processor after the processor and stock hs/fan have been installed and running?

What do u think my benchs will be on SC2? with ultrasettings on this question isnt important but i am curious THANKS!!!
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  1. 1. Cable management is more down to how determined you are than anything, modular PSU would help massively there too.

    2. If it says OEM or Bare Drive etc. then yes you need SATA cables.

    3. Doesn't seem like such a big card, i don't see why not.

    4. That is more than enough, 500W would easily do it.

    5. Depends on a lot of things but with a bit of luck i'd aim for 3.8 - 4Ghz.

    6. It can be a pain but once it's done it's done. There are loads of guides around to help you.

    7. It should be perfectly playable at ultra high settings, especially at that resolution.

    Theres a few other things i wanted to say though, if youre after pure gaming performance then i would go with a cheaper AMD CPU and get a better GPU. I would swap out the 2500k for a Phenom II x4 965 and get a 500W modular PSU. That should save around $80 and you probably wouldn't notice the performance hit in games. For your motherboard i'd get an AM3+ one such as the Gigabyte GA-880GMA (saves another $10) You can then use that cash to get a better GPU, then you will notice the difference. Something like a GTX 560Ti would be great. The GTX 460 is awesome too, they overclock and SLI insanely well. I have the Palit one which is considered budget and i got that from 675Mhz to 900Mhz no problem. (Gets pretty noisy now but only when i'm gaming :P)
  2. 1. Agree

    2. Yes an OEM drive doesn't come with SATA cables, but the motherboard usually comes with around 4 SATA cables.

    Normally I'd agree with Jmsellars about the mismatch of the CPU and the GPU, but in the case of SC2 it's actually much mroe dependent on the CPU because of all the complex calculations of the AI as well as all the math of hundreds of units all doing damage to each other. Blizzard intentionally gives plenty of leway with the graphics requirements of it's games. an i5-2500k, especially overclocked will perform MUCH better than a 955. More so than a graphics card upgrade would be.

    Of course if you are playing other titles then it would probably be appropriate to upgrade. Then again, with the resolution you've stated, the 6790 will more than perform to your liking.
  3. my mobo comes with 2 sata cables will that be enough for the system?
  4. 1 hard drive, 1 optical drive. yes.
  5. Two changes for a better gaming rig:

    Get this motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3. Support for Xfire or SLI and more reliable (I have seen too many posts about the MSI board).
    Get this GPU: SAPPHIRE FleX 100314FLEX Radeon HD 6870 1GB . Only $30 more after rebate.
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