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July 31, 2011 9:02:18 PM



budget is at max 1000 but i'd like to be below that if possible - 900 would be my comfortable limit whereas 1000 is the top end budget should something amazing be possible. Would really appreciate your help guys if that was possible :) 

Going to use this for gaming, in particular BF3

I'm also pretty out of the loop with computer hardware so don't know much these days so.....

I'd like opinions on the CPU and mobo in particular please - no idea what i'm doing with the mobo so i just picked a cheap h67 which i heard mentioned in another thread

i've decided to go for a 570 instead of a 6970 because i've heard that the 6970 is better at higher resolutions eg >1920x1080 but seeing as my monitor doesn't go past 1920 i thought may as well go for 570. Plus i don't see myself using more than one card in the future or using multiple monitors. Just wondering if this reasoning is right? or should i be going for the 6970?

Cheers

any suggestions/improvements would be much appreciated :) 

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August 1, 2011 11:20:16 AM

For the Mobo you can try out the p8p67, but its really up to you.
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August 1, 2011 1:07:24 PM

Nice build other than id recommend the P8P67 motherboard, or a P8Z68 (which is basically P67 and Z68 combined)
August 1, 2011 1:40:56 PM

with regard to the

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570

is there any reason to believe that this card will have a shorter life span due to it being overclocked?
August 1, 2011 1:45:24 PM

yes, but no. in other words, it will shorten the cards lifespan, but the expected lifespan should still be far longer than you want to use it (5+ years). it also has a lifetime warranty, so thats not really anything you need to worry about.

edit: oh youre from the uk... the p8p67 LE is all you need for a single card setup. In fact, if you dont plan to overclock, you wouldnt need a p67/z68 board or an i5-2500k (k means unlocked multiplier for overclocking). You would be fine with an h61 or h67 board and an i5-2400/2500.
August 1, 2011 1:47:47 PM

genghiskron said:
yes, but no. in other words, it will shorten the cards lifespan, but the expected lifespan should still be far longer than you want to use it (5+ years). it also has a lifetime warranty, so thats not really anything you need to worry about.

edit: oh youre from the uk...


ah right ok thanks a lot :) 

and yea I am but still able to purchase the cards over on scan for a decent price so not to worry!
August 1, 2011 1:49:02 PM

Also........ It has been suggested to me that I buy a standard i5 2500. I don't intend to overclock so would this be a wise move? Is there any significant disadvantage to getting an i5 2500 as opposed to an i5 2500k?
August 1, 2011 1:55:38 PM

so yes, you would be fine with an i5-2500 or i5-2400. In the US, the i5 sandy bridge processors have the following prices and clock speeds on newegg (they are the same processor with different clock speeds):
i5-2300: $180 - 2.8ghz
i5-2310: $190 - 2.9ghz
i5-2400: $190 - 3.1ghz
i5-2500: $210 - 3.3ghz - this is the same as the i5-2500k. the i5-2500k can be overclocked and has better integrated graphics (which you wont be using, because you are buying a graphics card)
these prices make the i5-2400 the best buy, but the prices in the uk may vary. you can also get bundle deals on newegg which make the i5-2500k + p67 board cost practically the same as an i5-2500 + h67, making the former the obvious choice.
August 1, 2011 2:06:16 PM

Even if you dont know how to overclock, which might be the reason your not doing it?
Most of the higher end motherboards have built in overclocking software. You literally just click a couple of times and it does everything for you in a SAFE way. ASUS especially has great program called "ASUS Suite II" which will give 30-40% performance increase of your CPU with just a few clicks. (providing your using the i5-2500k)
August 1, 2011 5:41:20 PM

AdrianPerry said:
Even if you dont know how to overclock, which might be the reason your not doing it?
Most of the higher end motherboards have built in overclocking software. You literally just click a couple of times and it does everything for you in a SAFE way. ASUS especially has great program called "ASUS Suite II" which will give 30-40% performance increase of your CPU with just a few clicks. (providing your using the i5-2500k)


yea its one of the reasons lol :p  but other reasons are that it'll include extra costs and hassle such as aftermarket coolers - which i'm comfortable fitting, its just that its another thing to worry about.
August 1, 2011 6:33:42 PM

Hey guys, going to be purchasing tonight and i've boiled it down to two builds (swapped a psu round because i don't want to wait too long :p )

the only difference here is the cpu, mobo and ram as Scan have a bundle offer.

more expensive option



Cheaper option

August 2, 2011 1:28:20 PM

anyone? i plan to buy today so a quick reply would be nice please :) 
August 2, 2011 1:40:28 PM

cant see those builds
August 2, 2011 1:57:46 PM

Both builds look the same to me, however in the second one you havent included RAM and the first build you havent included a motherboard?
August 2, 2011 5:34:05 PM

AdrianPerry said:
Both builds look the same to me, however in the second one you havent included RAM and the first build you havent included a motherboard?


nah its in a bundle with the i5 2500k.

or am i missing something? lots of people have pointed that out to me :S
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August 2, 2011 5:41:15 PM

With the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K you do want to be with a P67 or Z68 chipset. With the H67 board you won't be able to overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K. Also while the Intel Core i5-2500K does come with a stock HSF (heatsink/fan) that will work fine at stock speeds, if you are going to overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K you are going to want to add a good 3rd party HSF before you overclock.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
August 2, 2011 5:45:51 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
With the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K you do want to be with a P67 or Z68 chipset. With the H67 board you won't be able to overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K. Also while the Intel Core i5-2500K does come with a stock HSF (heatsink/fan) that will work fine at stock speeds, if you are going to overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K you are going to want to add a good 3rd party HSF before you overclock.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

thanks.

what about the rest of the build? i take it you'd go for the option with the p8p67 board? if so, would you change any of the other stuff i've included?
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