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Budget Gaming Build - Could you guys review?

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July 17, 2011 11:56:12 AM

CPU:Intel i5 2500K (3.3 ghz quad)
RAM:G.SKILL DDR3 1333 4G x2
Graphics Card:Sapphire 6870
Motherboard: Undecided - someone suggested that I should get the P67 series.
PSU: Undecided - I need a PSU that supports this build in terms of watts, and I need it to come with a wire as well. (Not eco brand I think.)

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912
HD: Undecided - unfortunately they don't sell WD Caviar Black at 500GB capacity here. What is the Seagate equivalent of the Caviar Black?
DVD Burner:Pioneer 24X SATA DVD

Thanks in advance.

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July 17, 2011 1:46:14 PM

Would be nice if you could fill out this form.

Without knowing where you are and what your budget is, I would recommend something like this Biostar board for a motherboard. This MSI isn't bad either.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're trying to save money by using a 500 GB hard drive instead of a 1TB, that seems like an odd place to do it. Prices aren't terribly different. You'll pay about $15-$20 extra for double the storage. The Seagate equivalent to the Caviar Black is the Barracuda 7200.12.
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July 18, 2011 8:54:48 AM

HD prices are really expensive here, for some reason.

Approximate Purchase Date: ~3 days time.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) - $850-950, no rebates. ~$10-20 markup on hardware from the local retailers here.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming --> Productivity
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using** - Monitor, mouse, keyboard.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) - No online retailers here, unfortunately. ~$10-20 markup on hardware.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case) - Intel CPU (2500K), ATI graphics.
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900, although this may change in the future.
Additional Comments: Currently need a motherboard and PSU right now.

CPU:Intel i5 2500K (3.3 ghz quad) - $257
RAM:G.SKILL DDR3 1333 4G x2 - $58
Graphics Card:Sapphire 6870 - $219
Motherboard: Undecided - someone suggested that I should get the P67 series.
PSU: Undecided - I need a PSU that supports this build in terms of watts, and I need it to come with a wire as well. (Not eco brand I think.)

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 - $65
HD: Undecided - unfortunately they don't sell WD Caviar Black at 500GB capacity here. What is the Seagate equivalent of the Caviar Black?
DVD Burner:Pioneer 24X SATA DVD - $23

So far, $639.

Thanks in advance.
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July 18, 2011 9:28:22 AM

What do you mean no online retailers? Your useing $ So I assume you live in the US right? Or even in canada you can get stuff shipped to you via newegg or amazon
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July 18, 2011 10:20:37 AM

I've converted the currency using exchange rates to USD.
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July 18, 2011 10:23:36 AM

silentmemories said:
I've converted the currency using exchange rates to USD.


oh ok
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July 18, 2011 12:11:16 PM

Motherboard (neither of these is crossfire-capable, if you ever want to go that route in the future - the ones I linked earlier are the least expensive crossfire-capable boards right now):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're sure about the 500GB hard drive, look for a Caviar Blue, Seagate Barracuda, Samsung Spinpoint, or Hitachi Deskstar. Those are the main brands right now if you can't find the Caviar Black. I'm actually not certain that WD even makes a 500GB Caviar Black anymore.
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July 18, 2011 1:45:11 PM

Motherboard: ASUS P8H67
PSU: Seasonic S12II-620

Are these good? I'm a little short on money right now and would like to save as much as possible. (Please do tell me about any faults with those products, if there any, though.)
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July 18, 2011 2:09:19 PM

Those look ok. Just recognize that the motherboard you linked is micro-ATX, so it has way fewer features compared even to the second set of boards I linked. You only have 2 RAM slots, so upgrading that beyond what you put in now will require buying expensive 6 or 8GB modules. You also have no option for a second graphics card since there's only 1 PCI-Express x16 slot. It looks like your graphics card will block one of the two PCI slots, so that leaves you with 1 PCI and 1 PCI-Express x4 slot for expansion options. You also don't get USB 3.0.

It's not a bad board, so if you don't need any of those things (and don't anticipate needing them) it will work great.

The PSU is excellent.
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July 18, 2011 3:09:26 PM

If it really is that one, then yeah, that's great. It still won't be able to run crossfire very well if you want that later - the second PCI-E slot is only x4 - but it's better than the one I thought you were talking about. Newegg only had the micro-ATX versions of the board.
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July 19, 2011 1:27:27 AM

Hmm... I don't intend to Crossfire in the future, so it should be fine.

Can I overclock the 2500K processor in the future with this motherboard?
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July 19, 2011 2:44:40 AM

silentmemories said:

Can I overclock the 2500K processor in the future with this motherboard?

Yep. You'll want an aftermarket heatsink if you want to do that though.
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July 19, 2011 4:34:03 AM

Ah. Could I do this in the future if I intend to overclock later on? I'd like to keep my first build as simple as possible. (Mainly because some reviews stated that the motherboard had some problems with space for aftermarket heatsinks.)
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July 19, 2011 2:57:56 PM

How about this?

ASUS P8P67 LE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is this build fine? I'm about to order -

CPU: Intel i5 2500K (3.3 ghz quad)
RAM: G.SKILL DDR3 1333 4G x2
Graphics Card: Sapphire Vapor-x HD6870
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE
Power Supply: Seasonic S12II-620

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Blue 500GB
DVD Burner: Pioneer 24X SATA DVD

Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800
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July 19, 2011 3:46:05 PM

looks fine I am only iffy on the keyboard ( I dont like wireless keyboards personal preference hate batteries)
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July 20, 2011 2:18:42 AM

Ah right. I don't mind batteries because I need to be able to put away my keyboard and mouse in an instant at times so that is necessary.

I'll be ordering the build then. Thanks for all the help!
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