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July 17, 2011 2:43:50 PM

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if this rig look ok? Not sure if i should go with the i72600K or the i52500K. From cpubenchmark.net (http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php) the i7 looks to be better. But I see quite a few specs with the i5.

Memory - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Model #:CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

$79.99 -$5.00 Instant $74.99


Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:SGC-2000-KKN1-GP

$99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99


Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

$169.99 $169.99


Graphics - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Model #:01G-P3-1561-AR

$249.99 -$20.00 Instant $229.99


Power Supply - CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...
Model #:CMPSU-650HX

$139.99 -$20.00 Instant $119.99


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

$219.99 $219.99


Card Reader - Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
Model #:RCR-IC002

$16.99 $16.99


Storage - 2x - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX

$89.99 $179.98


Disc Reader - LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
$79.99 $79.99


In the end this build is around ~$1,181.90 but I am willing to flex on the price to make it better.

Thanks...

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July 17, 2011 2:58:12 PM

First, fill out this form. It makes it easier for us to help you.

On the subject of i5 vs i7, the i5 is enough if you're mostly using the system for gaming. The i7 is clocked slightly higher and has hyperthreading. You can eliminate the clock advantage with overclocking, and hyperthreading won't help you in games. Where it does help is in multitasking and processor-intensive applications like video editing.

You'll want an aftermarket CPU cooler if you plan to overclock.

You also don't need SATA III hard drives. They won't give any noticeable advantage over SATA II.
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July 17, 2011 3:01:24 PM

I would get 2 Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB drives instead, faster and cheaper.

The vengeances are a nice memory kit, but the heatsinks are really tall. If you intend to overclock the 2500k you will need an aftermarket HSF to do so.
Those often come on top of the memory slots and tall heatsinks will cause clearance issues. So maybe check for a set from Corsair, Gskill, Kingston or mushkin with the same 1.5V CAS9 1600mhz specs with lower heatsinks.

To OC the default bang for buck HSF solution is CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ from amazon ~$30. The high end being Notua NH-D14 ~$80.
And n+1 things in between.

If you intend to SLI at some point, I highly recommend a 750W or 850W PSU. The corsair HX750 and HX850 are great.
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July 17, 2011 4:14:01 PM

Hey Coleam45 and rvilkman,

First, thanks for the form link. I will definitively use it in the future.

I will most likely be going for the i5 since I can overclock and not doing much video editing

I also went for low profile memory and a HSF suggested.

Below is a revised build, what do you think now?

Thanks again for the advice!

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Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of August

Budget Range: ~$1200 (willing to go over to make better build)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Work (IT), Internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: Yes (first time)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
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Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:SGC-2000-KKN1-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99


Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$169.99 $169.99


Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Model #:BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$219.99 $219.99


HSF - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Model #:RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99 $49.99


Memory - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
Model #:CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99 -$5.00 Instant $74.99


Graphics - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Model #:01G-P3-1561-AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$249.99 -$20.00 Instant $229.99


Power Supply - CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...
Model #:CMPSU-650HX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99 -$20.00 Instant $119.99


Card Reader - Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
Model #:RCR-IC002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16.99 $16.99


Storage - 2x - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD103SJ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99 $129.98


Disc Reader - LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
$79.99 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Subtotal: $1,181.89
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July 17, 2011 4:24:47 PM

Looks great. Only thing I would suggest now is hunting down combo deals. You can save quite a bit on Newegg that way.

For example, if you're willing to change your PSU, you can get a combo with the 2500K and a 650W PC Power & Cooling PSU (an excellent unit) for $285.
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July 17, 2011 6:50:53 PM

Best answer selected by spyke562.
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July 17, 2011 6:51:57 PM

Awesome, thanks for the suggestions and leading me in the right direction. I will check out those combo deals on Newegg.

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