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August 11, 2011 6:49:06 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


There is my build. I am extremely new to building computers.

1. Is there any component I am missing?

2. Are there any extra cables that I need? (ex. hard drive SATA cables)

3. Is this a good build? Is the price efficient? Can I get a component of the same productivity for less?

4. Are there any bottlenecking components?

5. Please recommend better components if you have any.


I will be (at least trying) overclocking my CPU and GPU to better speeds and everything.

The games I will be playing will be Fallout 3/NV, Sims 3, Runescape, Minecraft, GTA IV/SA, BF3, SR3, possibly Crysis (2/WH), Team Fortress 2, and online FPS games.

I will be also using it for homework, and watching videos and stuff.

I think that is all, and please try to answer all my questions. Thanks! :) 

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August 11, 2011 7:00:03 PM

1 Optical drive? DVD
2 You should get enough cables with the motherboard
3 It is a nice build with quality components
4 No but your PSU can handle two GTX560 in SLI so I guess that is the future plan.
5 It would be personal preference to change any.
August 11, 2011 7:35:15 PM

Okay thanks! And do you possibly know where I can sell a computer? It's a HP Pavilion with nice specs and it practically brand new, I'll include monitor, keyboard and mouse.

For the optical drive, I have an old Dell one, so I will use it. I mean it burns DVDs and crap, so that's good enough for me.
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August 11, 2011 7:47:51 PM

While the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) that will work fine at stock speeds. If you are going to overclock it you are going to want to add a good 3rd party HSF to deal with increased temperatures.

About the only other thing that you might do is add a small SSD and enable the Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology). Otherwise this is a very nice build.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
August 11, 2011 8:13:03 PM

What exactly do SDDs do?
August 11, 2011 8:47:21 PM

SSDs have much faster access times than hard drives, but they're much more expensive for their size. Most people get an SSD in the 64-128gb range and put Windows and a couple of games, maybe, on it. This makes your startup time much faster, and level loading times too. Media, documents and stuff stays on the hard drive.
SRT doesn't work very well, as Tom's found out in a recent article ( You'd do better to manage the files manually, as I've just described.
The Crucial M4 is popular. 64gb $140, 128gb $230.
August 11, 2011 8:58:04 PM

Oh, nevermind then. I don't have enough money. Do you possibly know where I can sell a computer? It's a HP Pavilion with nice specs and it practically brand new, I'll include monitor, keyboard and mouse.
August 11, 2011 9:18:28 PM

Ebay? Craigslist? I don't want it :p 
August 11, 2011 9:24:51 PM

Yeah, everyone says that. The thing is it's not a very popular model but it's pretty nice. For integrated graphics it runs a bunch of games nicely.