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New Build i5 2500k w/ $1300 +/- budget

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August 11, 2011 5:04:59 AM

I'm wanting to build a new computer over the next couple of days. I've picked out most of the parts based on builds I've looked at in the forums.

Budget Range: $1300 +/-

System Usage: Some gaming, watching movies, web, and homework.

Parts already purchased: Case - Cooler Master HAF 932, keyboard, mouse, and optical drive.

Preferred Website: Newegg.com unless parts are cheaper from another reputable site.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz -$220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Here I could buy 2 64 GB drives and use one for bakup, buy 1 128 GB drive, or just go with 1 64 GB drive and use the extra money towards something else.
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $230.00 for 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $230.00 for 1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For storage I can use 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $120.00 for both. One will be used for backup.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: I could use whichever is better of these two.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: I could go with either one of these.
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB - $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB - $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm unsure on a motherboard.
I plan to overclock later and add another video card to run in SLI.
The monitor will be a 55" 3D tv at 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 21" monitor at 1680 x 1050.

The build so far is $1135. I can go with the 560 Ti and 1 64 GB SSD to lower that $225 if needed.

Thanks for any help.

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August 11, 2011 6:24:31 AM

A single 570 with the option to add a second one later will run a lot of games for quite a while, so the 570 is a good choice.

G.Skill RAM isn't the highest quality RAM - it only gets purchased a lot because it's usually a little cheaper (I have it myself). The Corsair RAM is a little better and Crucial is probably the top name in memory.

The Spinpoints are a good choice but if you want to use one of them as a backup you should look into RAID1.

In terms of motherboards, first you pick a chipset...the P67 and Z68 being the popular choices. Z68 is about $30 more for onboard graphics and SSD caching which makes no difference for gaming. Also make sure your motherboard supports two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots in either x8/x8 or x16/x16 configuration. The cheapest motherboards I would recommend for your needs are as follows:
P67: ASRock P67 EXTREME4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Z68: ASUS P8Z68-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are more expensive ones depending on what features you want and what you can afford.
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August 11, 2011 6:45:16 AM

Why does he need the highest quality RAM? Kingstons, G.SKILL, and Corsair are all top manufactureres. Not many people buy Crucial ram anymore but if you mean memory as in SSD then Crucial M4 series are good SSD. You should take a look at tihs for $50 only: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Danraies offer good choices for motherboard. You pretty much only need dual x8 slots and a decent amount of usb/sata connections. Those are the key features you should be focusing on. As for the SSD. I think 64gb is enough as a boot drive and storing some games. Windows 7 will take around 20GB. The 128 has better performance compare to a 64gb by the way. Tom's did a review on it.

I second the choice of the 570. You are getting a 850W psu and 750W is enough for full system load with sli 570. Pointless to get that much power and not use it but hey.. some people sleep better at night knowing they have enough power to run their rig :) .
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August 11, 2011 5:35:06 PM

Going to go with this power supply.
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $100.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Using the RAM wintermint suggested.

Using the 128 GB SSD

Using the ASRock mother board danraies mentioned. Is it good for overclocking?

Puts the total at $1325.00 with Windows 7 Home Premium (I forgot to include that in the first post).
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August 11, 2011 6:03:30 PM

boards with the P67 chip are usually easy enough to overclock but the features that the manufacturer puts in the bios are important, too. For example I have an asus board and I had no problems overclocking, msi boards are supposed to be easy enough, and I've heard that gigabyte boards lock some of the voltages so that it's harder to overclock (though I don't have any personal evidence for msi and gigabyte). I don't know about ASRock, though.
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